After World Beer Cup Gold, Ranta is Excited About This for State 48

This is a part of a continuing series of Q&As with members of the brewing community from across the US.
Brewer Magazine will share business and personal insights from Brewmasters, Head Brewers, Brewing Managers, Sales Directors, QCQA Managers and others each weekend to help you get to know each other better in the industry and learn more to better develop your own brand.

Nicholas Ranta, Owner, State 48 Brewery — Arizona

BREWER: What do you feel have been new challenges in your position that have helped push you and make you better at your job?
RANTA: Being able to handle stress and do all positions.

BREWER: Why did you enter the craft beer industry and what makes you love being a part of it and staying in it?
RANTA: I grew up in restaurant industry and there was a need for a brewery in my home city. It’s what I know. 

BREWER: What are some recent trends in brewing that you’ve tried or are excited about trying?
RANTA: Beers are going back to being more traditional instead of adding a bunch of crazy items to them.

BREWER: What was your business’s greatest accomplishment during the past year, and what are your goals for your brewery this year?
RANTA: Winning a Gold at World Beer Cup this year for our Baltic Porter in the Strong Porter Category. Our goals for this year are to continue to grow and improve as always. 

BREWER: What are some changes in the industry that you’ve observed in the past few years, and how has your business adapted to stay competitive?
RANTA: The brewery industry is getting a lot more competitive because the total number of breweries in Arizona doubled since we started seven years ago. 

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