Jason Roeper is co-owner and head brewer at Rivertown Brewing Co. in Lockland, a Cincinnati suburb. Rivertown, a production brewery that also offers a tasting room now, was formed in late 2009 by Roeper and Randy Schiltz, both homebrewers and members of the Blotarian Brewing League at the time. Roeper was an award-winning homebrewer and was a finalist in the Samuel Adams Longshot competition.
Question: Why did you become a brewer?
Answer: Pure insanity... Lol when I started brewing it was almost out of necessity. You couldn't get the beers you can today locally 11 years ago.
Q: Rivertown is the only Ohio brewery making a lambic. Why did you decide to make that style and how has it been received by the beer drinking public?
A: I am a sour nerd first and foremost, so the real question should be: "How come you don't bottle them daily?" Lol, we are excited to be at the forefront of a revival truly (almost) forgotten about beer style. The response has been explosive!
Q: With so many breweries planning on opening in Ohio this year, what advice can you give future brewery owners?
A: Think big!
Q: What’s your best-selling beer and why do you think it’s so popular?
A: Pumpkin ale (seasonal) because it truly tastes like pumpkin pie! We use real pumpkins, all the pie crust, and spice ingredients you would expect at your fall dinner table.
Q: Which beer – any beer in the world – do you wish that you created/brewed and why?
A: I don't aim to be the first, more the perfectionist. :) If I were to give a category, I would definitely say wild or sour ales. Because they are so unpredictable and complex yet truly amazing and under appreciated as a whole.