Born out of a passion for craft beer, I began home brewing 5 years ago. Ever since I cut my craft beer tooth back in 1996, I never turned back. Looking for the next best Ale, Gose or Lager was always a bit of a challenge living in rural Washington, so I thought, why not make my own? As someone who enjoys brewing and drinking good quality beer I know there has always been an artistic approach to brewing. This artistry is one of the main components of our beers. Give me hops (and sometimes a lot of them), malt, water and yeast and my canvas is your palate. I started brewing with Troy in 2014 and that's when the fight began to take shape. When I was looking to add hops Troy would talk about a specialty malt he'd like to use. Although there is a contrast and an almost conflicting approach to our styles and methods to brewing artisan beer we also seem to compliment each other and come up with some damn good beer.
A love for cooking food and BBQ is what brought me to brewing. I love the idea of taking a familiar recipe and doing something new or unexpected with it. Brewing beer is the ideal arena for me to do that. After familiarizing myself with extract home brewing, I dove headfirst into all beers European. Primarily ales, I quickly honed my brewing chops on a variety of beers. Scottish and Scotch ales, English Olde Ales, Belgians Dark Strong, Irish and German Wheat ales are some of the types of recipes that I bring to (the) Squirrel Fight. An expanding curiosity for sour beers and a love for experimenting with unexpected ingredients helps to drive my exploration into interesting and complex beer territory.