"I'm big into punk and alternative music," Justin says. "These are musicians who did things their way. This music inspired me to take that mentality into my brewing... I've also followed to works of Sam Calagione [of Dogfish Head] and Greg Koch [of Stone Brewing]. They're my big brewing inspirations."
Now that summer is over (someone please tell the weather), the spread of fall seasonals will begin to emanate from our local craft producers, and the Mack House will be no different. "In a few weeks we'll be tapping our version of the pumpkin beer, as well as a maple chipotle brown ale and a chocolate pecan pie beer."
"But we're not forgetting a key group," he assured us. "We're also putting together a really drinkable blonde ale. We've seen a lot of non-craft people show up with their friends, and we wanted to have a nice option for them."
"The Holy Mackerel tradition is to keep it local."
After a few beers and some good conversation, I ask him for some parting wisdom for aspiring homebrewers.
"[Brew] whatever sounds good to you. Don't always follow what you read online when someone says 'You can't do that'. You'll be surprised what comes out."
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