10 Questions with Eric Wathen of Alameda Brewhouse
1) If you were stranded on a deserted island, and you could only choose one pound of either hops, water, barley, or yeast, which would it be, and why?
Clean water to survive and possibly make beer with!
2) What is the best aspect of NW beer drinkers?
3) What is your favorite beer style, and why?
Pale Ale, for its tradition, drinkability, and availability.
4) What is the first beer you brewed that was worthy of a name?
A Belgian Golden Strong Ale Called "Lucky Devil".
5) Where do you get your inspiration from when creating new beers?
Research and experimentation.
6) What is the most misunderstood aspect of being a professional brewer?
The time and physical work involved.
7) What characteristics of Portland make this area so popular for brewers, breweries, and consumers?
Great water to brew with, a great climate for growing essential ingredients such as hops, and a population ready to drink what is created.
8) If “Northwest Ale” was added as a new style of beer, what would it be?
Heavy on the hops!
9) What is the most underrated hop?
I don't know if it is underrated, but I love Simcoe hops.
10) What are the relationships like between competing brewers? Is there a sense of community, friendly competition, etc.?
There is a sense of community with brewers that I believe rivals any other competitive industry.
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