What do you do at Joyride?
As the Chief Yeast Sherpa, I spend the weekdays crafting wort and trapping it in tanks with yeast until they learn to get along. I then guide them in the direction of your glass.
Where in CO are you from, and where else have you lived?
I grew up in Littleton, mostly, then studied film production in Boulder before moving to NYC for about 9 years. I met my Colorado-native wife in Brooklyn, picked up Paul our Corgi in New Hampshire, then decided to get back to our families.
Beer and sunshine. It appears the rest of the country is finding out about both.
What did you do before Joyride?
Before Joyride, I brewed sour and farmhouse beers in Queens, NYC at a brewery called Transmitter. Before that, I was a cameraman for film stunt units, TV comedies and cop shows. Before that, I laid decorative concrete. I’ve never had a job that has a desk and I can’t imagine I would thrive in that ecosystem.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Joyride?
A well-curated gaggle of excellent coworkers!
What do you like to do for fun when you’re not working?
I spend a lot of time in my backyard Shed Bar constructing carpentry projects.
What’s your favorite type of music/band?
Throughout the brew day, I blast a very wide range of genres from many decades to keep me on track. That said, I enjoy the Punk Rock Mop Up hour the most.
Favorite beer section:
What’s your all-time favorite beer?
I have never been able to pin down a single brand because for me, beer is not just about what is in the glass but where you are and who you’re with. All-time favorite beer is a marriage of taste with experience. The best glass of beer I ever had was Trappist Westvleteren 12 from the patio at the Abbey a few summers ago. My wife, family, and I sipped several of these quadrupels on a lazy, sunny afternoon watching cows and bike riders mosey through dirt roads in the Belgian countryside.
Favorite beer Joyride has ever made?
There’s a secret project taking place in the barrel room. Pretty sure this will be my favorite. Stay tuned.
Favorite Joyride beer currently on tap?
I love to drink saisons and brett beers. No Simple Highway melds these. (editor’s note: we just ran out of this, but it will return late May)
You’re stuck on a desert island and can only drink one style of beer for the rest of your life. What is it?
Saisons have the widest range of style characteristics, so that should offer me the diversity I’m after. The petite ones will help me keep my head so I can whittle useful tools such as a grand piano during the day. Boozey, floral, and estery ones will assist me through nightly existential crises like “Why is there so, so much beer on this island?” “How did I arrive on this island?” “How did any of us arrive on this planet?” “Is the planet an island?” Rinse. Repeat.
Favorite place you’ve ever visited?
Cape Town, South Africa. Specifically, a friend of mine maintains a little old house his family has kept since the 18th century on a lagoon north of the city that is as far away from the electrical, cellular, and water grids as one can get. Wild African animals abound. I enjoy the hard work of repairing the decaying wood beams, filtering rain water, and food prep on open fire. It’s paradise. Oh, and I proposed to my wife in Cape Town.
When can people normally find you at Joyride?
If you peek through the window to the back of the brewer habitat during the weekdays, you might catch ol’ Kyle in his environment. Please don’t knock on the glass, he gets wound up.