Brewer Magazine Q&A: Kevin Hall, Rohrbach 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.
Kevin Hall, Cellar Worker/Keg Machine​, Rohrbach Brewing — Rochester, New York​

BREWER: How do you feel your job has had to adapt in the beer market compared to a few years ago?
HALL: I would say working in the production side of the brewery is like a living organism, as is the entire brewery. With all the moving parts and eventualities happening every day, adaption is a constant every day and not a singular moment.

BREWER: Who is your mentor in the industry and why? What have you learned from them?
HALL: People like Eric Bishop and Jim McDermott (here at Rohrbachs) have been such good role models to me as a rookie in the industry. Every day they teach more about the job yet always listen to new opinions and questions. Working for a local brewery is an amazing opportunity to meet all sorts of wonderful folks in the industry. These people compete day in and day out to make quality beer, but also join together the create new ideas and help our community. Both as a brewer and a person, people like Dan Western and Trevor Demott at Lost Borough Brewing Co. also come to mind.

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)?
HALL: The cool thing about working in this business is the inclusion of all sorts of strange but wonderful people, and that’s easily what gives each brewery its own identity. As a veteran with no industry experience, I have worked my way up to where I am now at Rohrbachs. The most important aspect isn’t the new 80-barrel hot liquor tank we recently installed, but the people running it.

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