The dream began as a junior in college, with an innocent trip to a sports bar. The energy. The people. The magic of connecting with friends, and making new ones, over a pint of beer. The first time Scott entered the bustling gathering place he knew he wanted to open his own place some day.
After college graduation, Scott tasted his first real beer (read: craft beer) at a Colorado microbrewery. He loved it so much he joined a beer of the month club, and within a year he was brewing his own. Technical and organized by nature, Scott spent much time planning that first batch even though it was a simple kit. He only had to boil water and add the extracts. Even the hops were in extract form. But he enjoyed the process and it tasted good, so he kept brewing.
In the beginning, he didn’t focus on any one style. He experimented with recipes that sounded good based on the names and descriptions from the supply store. That all changed when Scott’s job took him to Europe where he spent a lot of time in Germany and Belgium. As he learned more about beer, Scott developed an appreciation for the German and Belgian styles and a deep respect for the artisans that created them. He particularly admires their commitment to perfection and strives to honor their rich tradition.
As much as he enjoys brewing, Scott delights more in watching people enjoy it. He’s excited to offer another choice to the craft beer community and welcomes the chance to educate those who have never had a true craft beer. One of his favorite things is introducing people to new styles while breaking down their preconceived notions. He enjoys the satisfaction when they discover they actually like it.
Scott is looking forward to being the newest “official” member of the Pittsburgh craft beer community where there is much camaraderie and support among brewers.