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Travel by the Pint: Special Episode


What Beer First Got You Excited About Craft Beer?

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We asked craft brewers we featured in Season 2: "What beer first got you excited about craft beer?" Responses reveal a lot about the brewers, and the heritage of the craft brewing tradition in the United States.

Answers provided by:

Fred Bueltmann, Beervangelist & Partner
New Holland Brewing Company, Holland MI

Chas. Thompson, Brewer
Schmohz Brewing Company, Grand Rapids MO

Brian Lock, President
Santa Fe Brewing Company, Santa Fe NM

Dick Stevens, Elevator Operator
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus, Columbus OH

Barry E. Johnson, President and Brewer
Saugatuck Brewing Company, Douglas MI

Jeff Drumm, Owner and Brewmaster
Crow Peak Brewing Company, Spearfish SD

Mark Naski, Head Brewer
Amalgamated Brewing Company (The Stable), St. Louis MO

Dan Kopman, Vice President, COO
The Saint Louis Brewery (Schlafly Beer), St. Louis MO

Bryan "Bucky" Buckingham, Head Brewer
23rd Street Brewery, Lawrence KS

John Witte, Brewmaster
Square One Brewery & Distillery, St. Louis MO

Dan Cavin, Head Brewer
Kelly's Brew Pub, Albuquerque NM

Rod Dothage, Brewer
Prison Brews Microbrewery & Restaurant, Jefferson City MO

Scott Francis, Brewmaster
Barley's Brewing Company, Columbus OH

Marc Gottfried, Brewmaster; and James Hellmuth, Assistant Brewmaster
Morgan Street Brewery & Restaurant, St. Louis MO

Ty Levis, Head Brewer
Santa Fe Brewing Company, Santa Fe NM

Ted Rice, Director of Brewing Operations
Marble Brewery, Albuquerque NM

Peter Fieweger and Daniel Gibbs, Brewers
Three Rivers Brewing Company, Farmington NM

Bob Fuchs, Partner
Firehouse Brewing Company, Rapid City SD

Brian McEachron, Co-Founder and Marketing Director
Steamworks Brewing Company, Durango CO

Please drink responsibly — don't drink and drive.