Brewer Magazine Q&A – Nick Rosich, Penn 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.
Nick Rosich, Brewmaster​, Penn Brewery — Pittsburgh
​BREWER: What is a lesson learned within your position that sticks with you to this day?
​ROSICH: ​I’ll hire someone with aptitude and desire to learn and work as they greatly outweigh experience and education. You can train almost anyone to make good beer​,​ but first they have to want it and be willing to work for it.
BREWER: Who is your mentor in the industry and why? What have you learned from them?
ROSICH: Andy Rich, Steve Sloan and Matt Cole.​ [They are] ​t​he lion’s share of what I know about the industry.
BREWER: What have you added to your brewery lately that’s unique or making your business more successful?
ROSICH: Pilot system​.​
BREWER: In today’s business climate for craft beer, how will your brewery grow?
ROSICH: By crushing our enemies, seeing them driven before us, and hearing the lamentations of their women.​ ​Just kidding.​ ​By making great beer.
BREWER: What sort of innovations in craft beer excite you?
ROSICH: Everything​ ​… besides hazy ​IPA​s.

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