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Beer Selfie Interview: Mandy

Introduce yourself. What’s your name? Where do you live? Day job? Hobbies?

Hi! I’m Mandy, I ‘gram (and sometimes blog) under @beerswithmandy. I’m a writer living in NYC. My hobbies are eating and drinking, wait is that just living? My hobbies are cooking, homebrewing, and restaurant hopping!

What’s your relationship to craft beer? Do you work in the industry? Homebrewer? Beer tourist? Beer trader? Other?

Ah, me and the craft beer, our relationship is a close and loving one. I’ve been homebrewing for several years and in 2016 was thrilled to win a gold medal at the National Homebrew Competition. I’ve had to take a little time off of competing because of scheduling but I’ll be back at NHC in 2019. Can’t wait to meet more homebrewers. I’m also a Certified Cicerone, I loved studying for the taste and taking my love of and curiosity about beer in a more structured format.

Tell us about your instagram/blog/website/etc.

I love telling stories of the breweries I’ve visited, the beer dinners I’ve eaten, and fun facts about beer. My friends encouraged me to write it all down (writing is what I do, after all) so I started beerswithmandy. I’ve only had the Instagram for about a month now, and I’m loving it! I want my Instagram to be more than cool beer snapshots, hopefully it teaches people something or gives them a fun fact for their next dinner party. My big goal for the next couple months is to do more long format pieces on the blog.

Favorite Beer style?

Saison! I won my NHC medal for a french saison and it is by far my favorite style. Drinking Saison Dupont Bio on a sunny day in Belgium is one memory I really treasure. My favorite saisons are Tank 7, Saison Dupont, and Seizon Bretta.

What is your favorite beer and food pairing?

Duvel and sushi! There is a BYOB Omakase spot in NYC that serves playful nigiri made with fresh ingredients (some flown in from Japan). My favorite Friday night is hitting it up for the last seating with two bombers of Duvel.

Have you met any craft beer celebrities?

A few years ago, I saw Garrett Oliver across the room at Brooklyn Brewery. Before I could work up the nerve to say hi (I needed at least two more beers!) he was gone. I’m a huge fan girl for Garrett, he’s been an absolute innovator in beer and speaks about brewing and tasting eloquently. I’d like to think if I saw him today I’d go tell him that. Every brewer I’ve met has been kind, interesting, and generous with their time. I spent a long time chatting with David Walker once, he’s a celebrity to me!

What’s your favorite brewery to visit?

Jester King outside of Austin, Texas. It’s in the Texas hill country so you can’t beat the scenery of rolling green hills, wild flowers, and low trees. The vibe of the staff very relaxed and welcoming both at the brewery and at Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza which is on the brewery grounds. Jester King also serves beer from other breweries which I really like, I want to taste a bit of everything while I’m out. It’s a bit of a pricey Uber ride back to the city, but well worth it for a day of drinking and eating pizza under the Texas sun.

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Jeff Eaton, 21st Amendment

Meet Jeff. He’s a brewer at 21st Amendment, and there may be a 40’ mural of him down the street from the brewery.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started brewing.

I am the third generation in my family to join the brewing industry. My grandfather owned a Coors distributorship in Northern California so my dad got an early start in the beer industry. Eventually, the distributorship was sold, and my father moved into corporate sales with Coors. He later left the industry all together. Although, I can thank my dad for talking me out of attending culinary school, yet he still encouraged me to pursue food science. It wasn’t until I was attending Colorado State University that solidified my decision to pursue a brewing career. I fell in love with New Belgium’s Fat Tire & Tripel and Odell Brewing Co.’s 90 Schilling.

What’s your favorite beer and food pairing?

  1. Pils while shucking oysters outside enjoying the sun on a nice day…or mussels & frites…can’t I enjoy them both?!
  2. Any beer with tacos anywhere anytime.

What’s a common misconception about your job?

Some people just assume I’m drinking beer all day. They assume it is just a big party at work each day and do not consider the amount of cleaning necessary to brew quality beer. I tell people that we practice the ABC’s at work each day…Always Be Cleaning.

What’s your go to music in the brewhouse?

Velvet Underground, early 90s grunge, Queens of the Stone Age, Brian Jonestown Massacre…or some 80’s music to sing-along with.

What trend in craft beer are you excited about?

I think the most important trend in craft beer is the focus on quality and how to improve it. In craft beer our collective knowledge is greater when brewers freely share their experiences with each other. Everyone has a chance to learn and improve. I don’t care what hops you used or what crazy processes you did or how much ABV and BU’s are in the beer. In the end, how does it taste?? Is it free of defects? Will a customer want to order a second round? The owner of a previous employer did not care about selling 1 beer or 2 beers. He said it is about selling 4, 5, 6 (and so on) beers; actually creating repeat customers. Poor quality of beer does not help out any brewer. If someone new to craft beer is trying a new style and that beer happens to have a quality defect, is that person likely to try the same style from a different brewery? Probably not. Therefore, the improvement in quality for all breweries benefits us all.

What’s your favorite non-21A beer?

Favorite everyday beer: Trumer Pils…full disclosure, I brewed Trumer prior to joining 21st Amendment.
Favorite special occasion beer: New Belgium La Folie

Tell us two truths and a lie about yourself.

  1. I won a karaoke contest while traveling in the Philippines.
  2. I broke my hand when it was crushed by two falling ¼ bbl kegs.
  3. There’s a 40’ mural of me painted on a wall down the street from the brewery.
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21st Amendment Watermelon Funk

21st Amendment Brewery is well known for their refreshing Hell or High Watermelon Wheat which they serve in their tap room with a slice of watermelon.

They’ve transformed this beer using Saison yeast and Lactobacillus Planterum to make Watermelon Funk.

This beer is also refreshing, but with a funky twist. The added tartness mixes with the prominent watermelon flavor to bring out more of a watermelon rind flavor. This blends nicely with a lemony tartness. The spicy Saison flavors dance in the background for some really nice complexity to this summertime brew. They’ve pulled of a complex and interesting beer that is still super approachable and easy drinking.

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Steve “Dogger” Draper, 21st Amendment

This is Steve Draper, but everyone at 21st Amendment Brewery calls him Dogger. He’s a brewer at their San Francisco pub.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started brewing.

I started brewing apple cider in 2012 then started watching our head pub Brewer Jaron home brew batches in his very small kitchen. I kept making creative ciders and jaron has continued making great beers. Over the last two years I’ve been lucky enough to work with 21st amendment and keep the creative juices flowing.

What’s your favorite beer and food pairing?

Tacos and a nice light Mexican lager.

What’s a common misconception about your job?

A lot of time people think that beer is brewed and consumed the same day… unfortunately it takes a few more weeks to see a finished beer in a glass. Cold and carbonated.

What’s your go to music in the brewhouse?

Bay Area hip hop always keeps good energy in the brewery but we have the most fun creating playlists for the beer we are brewing that day. Irish red? Irish pub music. German style heff? German death metal… you get the picture.

What trend in craft beer are you excited about?

I’m excited to see the change in beer happening right now where it’s all about drinkability and less about challenging your palette against overly bitter flavors.

What’s your favorite non-21A beer?
I moved from Eugene Oregon to the bay so anything Ninkasi has a special place in my fridge.

Tell us two truths and a lie about yourself.

  1. I am not a morning person.
  2. I work as the assistant Brewer for 21st amendment in San Francisco.
  3. I love waking up early.

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Rhinegeist Streaker Rye IPA

Rhinegeist Streaker IPA is an interesting beer, and the result of a unique “crowd sourced” brewing process. The Cincinnati based brewery let fans decide the hops, malts and name of the beer. The result is an IPA with 17% rye malt and tropical fruit hop flavors. It was dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops that blend nicely with the spiciness of the rye.

Rhinegeist only distributes to Ohio, Kentucky and Massachusetts but I’ve been able to get my hands on a few of their great beers through Tavour. You haven’t checked out Tavour you should get on it. They carefully select beers from all over the country (and sometimes internationally), you pick the ones that you want,  and they deliver them to you at really reasonable prices. They really know craft beer, and their customer service is fantastic.

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@BeerSelfie Instagram Poll

The @BeerSelfie Instagram account gets tagged on more posts each day than we can reasonably repost. That is a fantastic problem to have and we deeply appreciate everyone’s support and enthusiasm! It becomes a balancing act though between sharing the amazing content you share with us and not overwhelming you with posts.

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Tavour Beer Giveaway

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Custom Craftin California Coaster Giveaway

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Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA

This is not a subtle fruit beer. It is all blood orange up front. 21st Amendment’s Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA doesn’t have a vaguely citrus flavor. It is distinctly blood orange. The huge blood orange flavor is blended expertly with the bitter citrus hops. More and more I’m of the opinion that if you’re adding fruit to your beer you should go big, and this beer just confirms that. 21st Amendment just released this new IPA and it’s worth seeking out this unique brew.

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