Meet Cris. Thats C R I S, not Chris. Our own Milwaukee’s best, Cris is one of our brewers and a man of many talents. Beyond being a damn good brewer and beer encyclopedia, he also plays seven musical instruments. Mind. Blown. Intrigued by the mysterious Cris? We’ve got you covered. We pulled him away between brews to ask him a few questions:
How did you get your start in brewing? I got my start by pure luck. Just walked in looking for a job at Lakefront Brewing Co. and landed one on the bottling line. Right time. Right place.
What’s your beer philosophy? Do as the Germans do.
What’s the most important thing to remember when making beer? Don’t screw it up!
What is the best learning experience you’ve had in the brewing industry? All of it, from grain to glass, I knew nothing going in and now know more than I ever thought possible.
Best tip for home brewers? Don’t go into the professional setting thinking you know what’s up, because it’s a whole new ball game.
If you’re not drinking Yee-Haw, what are you reaching for? German lagers, sours, and home brew of my own.
Who is your beer mentor? The person that taught me to brew is Colin Ford, the brewer for Prost in Denver, Colorado. Brandon [Greenwood] as well. He’s teaching me a lot.
What’s the best music to brew to? Metal!
What beer would you like to make but have not? A lichtenhainer
What’s the biggest personal change you’ve ever made? Moving 5 states away to come work for Yee-Haw.
Do people really get any wiser as they get older? You do until after you crest the hill, and it all comes tumbling back down.
For what conspiracy do you secretly hold beliefs? Most of them. I’m a bit of a conspiracy theorist.
What is your favorite place you’ve ever been? Jamaica for my honeymoon