Brewer Bytes with Avery Brewing Co.
An Interview with Chris Bell, Brewer
Posted on 2/14/2013 by Chops
You might say that the origin story behind the Avery Brewing Company is the dream of every home brewer. Adam Avery spent years perfecting his nectar in Colorado before incorporating in 1993. In 1994, he won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. That, my friends, is some epic validation. Today, Avery is well known for delicious creations like the highly prized Dictator and Holy Trinity series. Adam now has a team of brewers that works tirelessly to create consistent and flawless beers for their fans. One of those hard working chaps goes by the name of Chris Bell, who took time out of his busy schedule to offer up some Brewer Bytes.
What inspired you to get into brewing?
Well, I home-brewed for a couple of years, and I knew that I wanted to work with my hands once I had finished college. There is something very tangible about being a part of a craft industry, especially the beer industry. It incorporates all of your senses. We aren't making widgets. We are making something that is alive, something that needs to be guided and nurtured until we can send it off into the world. It's very cool to see people enjoy the beer I brew, and I love walking into a store and seeing all of our hard work being displayed on the shelves, and even more than that I have the rare luxury to say, "I had a hand in that."
Where do you see your brewery in the future?
Honestly, the sky is the limit. I have worked at enough other breweries to have unique viewpoint when it comes to this amazing company. There is nothing that those sometimes larger breweries had that Avery doesn't and even more importantly than that, there is a lot that Avery has that those other breweries don't, and that will carry us wherever we want to go.
Where is your favorite place to enjoy a cold pint?
The mountains, the ocean, my garage. In no particular order.
What is the most challenging beer for you to brew?
Beast, but it is also my favorite. it is that beer that you show up to brew and you don't stop moving until you look up and the next brewer is there. Just too much fun.
What is the best thing about being part of the beer industry?
The community of brewers and the beer... obviously!
What advice would you give to a new home brewer?
From a novice home brewer to a seasoned brewer that has spent 20 years in the industry, there is always something else you can learn. Stay humble, never stop trying to learn and never do it without a beer by your side.