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Five questions with ... Patrick Armstead

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 9:23am

Patrick Armstead is the co-owner and brewer, along with Steve Prough, at Two Monks Brewing Co., a new nanobrewery in Akron. The brewery doesn't package or distribute so you have to visit to sample the beers.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: Because Patrick got a beer kit for Christmas. Steve had all the equipment and helped me brew it to perfection. The commercial idea was part of our five-year plan. After a friend approached us with a retail property, we decided to jump in.

Q: What has been the highlight of your brewing career so far and why was it so special? (Maybe it's been a beer that you brewed, an award that you won, an idol you've met ...)

A: In 2014, as homebrewers, we scored a second place at Son of Brewzilla in the spiced beer category for our Gingerbreadman Holiday Ale, and a second place in the S.A.A.Z. HBOY competition with only two submissions.

Q: What were the most challenging and easiest aspects of launching your brewery?

A: The permitting process in totality has definitely been the most challenging. The easiest thing is making the beer.

Q: What’s your best-selling beer and why do you think it’s so popular?

A: Our best-selling beer has been Walter's Brewberry. I think it's the most popular because the blueberry flavor is not over the top. It's strictly there to accent the beer, not the other way around.

Q: Which beer – any beer in the world – do you wish that you created/invented/brewed and why?

A: Guinness. It was a gateway beer in opposition to traditional "Big Brew" lagers.

Editor's note: The Five questions with ... feature appears every Friday. If you would like to participate or would like to recommend someone in the Ohio beer industry, send me an email at rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com.

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