Dan Cochran is the owner and brewer at Four String Brewing Co., a small production brewery which opened last month in Columbus. Cochran also is known for another craft -- rock 'n roll. He's the bassist with the band Big Back 40. Right now, Four String distributes two beers in the Columbus area: Brass Knuckle and Backstage Blonde.
Question: Why did you become a brewer?
Answer: I started brewing out of a love for craft beer, and a limited number of places to find it. My roommate in college was an engineering student, and he wanted to fire up a beer kit that we had laying around. That was 1994 and I haven't stopped yet.
Q: In your short time as a brewery owner, what have you learned about the brewing industry that you didn’t know before?
A: Kegs are expensive and they magically disappear.
Q: What are your goals for Four String Brewing? (In other words, do you want to be the next Samuel Adams or Sierra Nevada?)
A: At this point the goal is to brew and distribute the best beer we can. I'll have to decide on size down the road. I think that any company can become too big, and I don't want that to happen to Four String.
Q: Are there any similarities between being in a rock band and being a brewer?
A: Spending long hours loading stuff in and out of a van.
Q: Which beer – any beer in the world – do you wish that you created/invented/brewed and why?
A: That's a tough question. Probably Budweiser because I would have made it differently. :-)