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Get To Know Your Local Brewer

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You've had their beers, now get to know the folks making the mad science of zymurgy happen and how they got to do what they do.

Matt Cole

Fat Head's Brewery

Brewmaster/Partner

Years at Brewery: 4

Previous experience: Baltimore Brewing, Great Lakes Brewing, Rocky River

Brewing

Brewhouse capacity per batch: 10 barrels at the brewpub, 25 barrels at the production facility

Annual output: 14,000 barrels total. 2,000 at the brewpub and 12,000 barrels at the production facility

Brewing philosophy: "I go back to the origin of the source, meet brewers, tour their breweries and implement the things I learn into our beers."

Gateway craft beer: "Baltimore Brewing Co. DeGroens Pils. It was one of the best pilsner's in the world. Sadly, it has since closed."

Favorite beer to pour at events: "Head Hunter IPA, 'cause I'm hop stoopid."

Jack Kephart

Brew Kettle Production Works

Head Brewer

Years at Brewery: 4 ½

Previous experience: Medina Roadhouse, Willoughby Brewing Co.

Brewhouse capacity per batch: 20

barrels

Annual output: 4,500 barrels this year; should be knocking on 10,000 barrels next year

Favorite beer to pour at events: "Besides one-offs (because it's fun to bring out something new) I will have to state the obvious answer and go with White Rajah. I still love to see the reactions of local hopheads who haven't had it. I'm not seeing as many of those people anymore, which I guess is a good thing!"

Gateway craft beer: "Sam Adams Cream Stout and Theakston Old Peculiar got me into home brewing. I was a dark and malty guy back then."

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