I was fishing through my Google reader when an article from Serious Eats called "A Pint With: Justin McCarthy, Magic Hat Brewing Company" caught my eye suddenly.
I am enthralled by the brewing process. In a job interview recently, an interviewer asked me what my dream job might be. I said to own and help run either a brewery or wine vineyard. I was interviewing for an editorial related job.
When there's an article about an interview with the head brewer of one of my favorite beers, Magic Hat, I jumped on it immediately.
As I read this article I became well aware of how ignorant I am about the brewing process. I know nothing. This Justin McCarthy guy enjoyed drinking beer, needed a job, and happened to get work at the brewery in Vermont. He worked, learned, and grew. Now he's the head brewer at the Magic Hat Brewery.
What did I learn from this Mr. McCarthy? I need to improve my beer education. He suggested reading Greg Noonan's book, "New Brewing Lager Beer," or learning about Michael Jackson and Fritz Maytag. These are his beer heroes, but Mr. McCarthy is one of mine. He's my hero because he brews one of my favorite beers. He's a man behind the beer.
Most people travel to new places for the scenery or attractions. A large influence on my travels depend on food and drink. For example, my next trip will probably be to Burlington, VT.
Yes, I won't pass on the opportunity for a little snowboarding. But I need to visit the Magic Hat Brewery. I want to drink a fresh beer straight from the bottling line and say, I drank a #9 in the Magic Hat Brewery.
Maybe I'll get a chance to see Justin McCarthy and see who places the clever sayings on the backside of their bottle caps. I'll never get over the bottle cap that declared, "You're an Oompa Loompa."
Do you love Magic Hat as much as me? What's your favorite Magic Hat beer? Do you have any suggestions for me to improve my beer education?