Brewer Bytes with Thomas Creek Brewery
An Interview with Tom Davis, Master Brewer
Posted on 8/14/2013 by Chops
BrewChief first discovered the Thomas Creek Brewery at the 2011 World Beer Festival in Durham, NC. They were turning a lot of heads with their delicious Banana Split Chocolate Stout, a highlight of the festival. Thomas Creek is based out of Greenville, SC, an area not exactly known for their contributions to the craft beer movement. Master Brewer Tom Davis set out to change that notion back in 1998 and has steadily silenced the naysayers with a tasty line of Thomas Creek brews. We recently caught up with Tom, who kindly took time out of his busy schedule to offer up some Brewer Bytes.
What inspired you to get into brewing?
Lack of craft beers in my area.
How do you feel about your overall success today?
Fortunate to have had the opportunity to educate and inspire craft beer drinkers in the south. After all, how many people get to do what they love as a career?
What is the most challenging beer for you to brew?
Up The Creek Extreme IPA. Because it takes 4 days and 72 bbls worth of grain to brew 60 bbls, and 6 to 8 weeks to finish.
What advice would you give a new home brewer?
No matter how bad the first beer is never give up and sanitize, sanitize, sanitize!
What is the best thing about being part of the beer industry?
The camaraderie. No matter how large or small your brewery, you are accepted by the whole industry. It's like being part of a large family.