Do brewers avoid them because they’re too much of a wild card?
Rob: They’re a huge wild card. You can’t control it, but you can shape it. For some people, the funkier it is, the better – just like how some people like their cheese. If you smell some of them you might think, “What am I getting myself into…”
Beer really is alive.
Anthony: Our beer certainly is.
Rob: And that’s what drives us. It’s the ability to experiment with shit that other brewers can’t – or won’t.
Anthony: To be clear, though, we didn’t invent any of the beer we are making. There are plenty of people making similar styles. There certainly is a wave of brewers right now making the same style of beer as we are.
You don’t have a flagship beer but most breweries do; why is that?
Rob: 95% of breweries have their flagship IPA, Stout etc. and they may rotate in specialties. We do re-brew beers but not on any set schedule. We have 65 beers we’ve done and we will keep making new ones. In our tanks now, 4 out of our 7 tanks are filled with new beers…
Anthony: We are sort of catering to the fact that most craft brew fans are out to try something new. If you go into a bar you want to try something you haven’t seen or heard of, so we play into the ADD nature of enthusiasts. Despite the challenges, it really keeps it fun for us to explore different styles and nuances in the various styles.