Brewer Magazine Q&A — Jason Roeper, Rivertown Brewery

This is a part of a continuing series of Q&As with brewers from across the U.S.
Brewer Magazine will share business and personal insights from Brewmasters, Head Brewers, Brewing Managers and others each weekend to help you, a fellow brewer, Brewmaster or brewing manager get to know each other better in the industry and learn more to better develop your own brand.
Jason Roeper, Fearless leader, Rivertown Brewery — Middletown, Ohio
BREWER: What is a lesson learned within your position that sticks with you to this day?

ROEPER: Lots of them, where to start. Basic processes (Cleaning/sanitizing). Being strategic, thinking through processes and accountability.

BREWER: Who is your mentor in the industry and why? What have you learned from them?
ROEPER: Gordon Ramsey (haha)? When I started brewing there was nobody to begin with 19 years ago. The styles I liked weren’t around, so I made them. I would have to say that would have to be my uncle.
BREWER: What have you added to your brewery lately that’s unique or making your business more successful?
ROEPER: Lots of things. We heavily invested in QC and bought a bunch of new testing equipment. BREWER: In today’s business climate for craft beer, how will your brewery grow?
ROEPER: Making beer that stands out. Being Bold Inventive with our liquid and leaders in beer education.
BREWER: What sort of innovations in craft beer excites you?
ROEPER: Very traditional, obtaining obscurities (things breweries couldn’t get their hands on is excited) geek out a little bit, Kontrola is an example (traditional Czech style beer).BREWER: If you had one strategy that you could implement to better the craft beer business, what would it be?
ROEPER: I am not sure about this question right now.

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