Beer Alien, being fascinated with all things beer, has begun interviewing professional brewers in order to better understand the humans that make the beer we love so much. Through these interactions we hope to better understand and appreciate the beer you humans create on this planet.
We had the distinct pleasure of talking with Anthony Tallman of Backstreet Brewing Co.
Beer Alien: How long have you been a professional brewer?
Five to Six years roughly. I started Stone as a kegger then worked my way up and eventually ran the brewhouse. After Stone, I worked as the Lead Brewer at Rough Draft Brewing for a year-and-a-half and now Backstreet Brewing where I have been the Head Brewer for 2 years.
Beer Alien: What is your favorite part of the job? least favorite part of the job?
Favorite part of the job would have to be cellar work, making sure everything is cleaned and prepped for the day and of course writing recipes for beer.
Beer Alien: How has your opinion of brewing beer changed from when you were a home brewer to now being a professional brewer?
When home brewing you can definitely mess around more with funky ingredients, of course you can still do this as a professional brewer but you have to keep in mind that at the end of the day it has to sell.
Beer Alien: When did you realize you wanted to be a professional brewer and how long after realizing did it take you to become a professional brewer?
After my second time home brewing I was hooked and knew this was something I wanted to do professionally. It took about a year to a year-and-a-half to get into the industry.
Beer Alien: Share your most interesting brewing disaster.
Not sure if this is too much of a disaster but it was a pain in the neck. I was brewing our Muddy Udder Chocolate Milk Stout and when I decided instead of bagging the cocoa nibs I would just throw them in (like dry-hopping with chocolate). Of course, the cocoa melted and the valve became clogged. I had to keep adding water in trying to flush it out and ended up just having to take the valve off and let the whole thing drain onto the floor.
Beer Alien: On your days away from the brewery, what activities do you indulge in?
Surfing is a big part of my life, it keeps me sane and is the only time I am really away from beer. When I’m not at the brewery or in the ocean I am usually drinking new beers, home brewing, and hanging out with my girl friend.
Beer Alien: Do you have an experience that stands out above all others during your time as a professional brewer?
When I worked at Stone Brewing Co. it was amazing how reliant you become on your team, you really have to trust that everyone is doing their job and you end up creating these amazing relationships.
Beer Alien: How long did you home brew before you became a professional brewer?
About seven years.
Beer Alien: Do you still home brew?
Yes, my buddy and I still home brew together on days off.
Beer Alien: What was the first beer you brewed? What do you remember about the experience? (Come on, we all know the first time is an experience)
I can’t remember my first home brew but I can tell you my first Backstreet Brewery beer, it was called the Newbie IPA and it was my first solo beer brewed here. I used Amarillo, Mosaic, CTZ, Rakau and Cascade.
Beer Alien: Was it good?
Well, I still work here so yes, it was good.
Beer Alien: If you could give one piece of advice to new home brewers trying to break into the industry what would it be?
Be willing to volunteer to gain experience, expose yourself to as many brewers as possible because you can always learn more and it’s always good to have those connections. Keep your ears and mind open.
or swing by their tasting room at 15 Main St. #B100 Vista, CA 92083 and be sure to tell them the aliens sent you!
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