Brewer Magazine Q&A: John Harris, Ecliptic Brewing

This is a part of a continuing series of Q&As with members of the brewing community from across the U.S.
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.
John Harris, Brewmaster/Owner​, Ecliptic Brewing — Portland, Oregon​


​BREWER: How do you feel your job has had to adapt in the beer market compared to a few years ago?

​HARRIS: ​Keeping up with what people want to drink and delivering a high quality, flavorful beer.

​BREWER: Who is your mentor in the industry and why? What have you learned from them?

​HARRIS: ​My earliest beer mentor was the late Jim Kennedy III. He was an early craft and import beer distributor here in Portland, Admiralty Beverage.​ He taught me about good beer and the business back in the early years.​


​BREWER: Can you share a success story that you are proud of in your job or maybe a story of how you learned from a situation that has altered your thoughts on how you do your job now?
​HARRIS: ​I am very proud of what we have built so far in our first ​five​ years at Ecliptic.

​BREWER: Can you touch on something your brewery has added lately that’s unique or making your business more successful (it could be equipment, technology or people)?
​HARRIS: ​Kettle sours are continuing to gain popularity. The addition of a dedicated souring tank in the brewery has been a big plus. We also recently upgraded from a 15bbl ​b​rewhouse to a 30bbl which has really helped the morale of the brewers and the quality of our beer.

​BREWER: If you had one business strategy that you could implement to better the brewing industry, what would it be?
​HARRIS: ​Keep it clean. Pay attention to detail, process and technique.


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