Jerome Moore is the head brewer at Railroad Brewing Co. in Avon. The railroad-themed brewery and tasting room -- which has beers named Red Caboose, Trainwreck and Coal Train -- opened last year.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: It all started about 15 years ago when I was in my buddy’s wedding. His gift to me was a Mr. Beer kit. I made the kit and it was the worst tasting beer I’d ever had to that point. But I loved the process of creating it and I was hooked.

Q: What are the best and worst aspects of being a brewer?

A: The best part has to be making craft beer for a living, and meeting all the unique people who come into our taproom to try it. The one bad aspect we've dealt with is the equipment we received from SysTech. It took forever to receive and some of it never worked properly.

Q: There’s a concern that the craft beer industry – thanks to the phenomenal growth over the last few years – is reaching a saturation point, particularly in some areas of Ohio. Are there too many breweries here? If yes, why? If no, why not?

A: We don’t feel like there are too many breweries. We feel like breweries are becoming your corner bars, and with everyone starting to specialize in certain styles there is still plenty of room for growth. You can go from one brewery to the next and experience something new. With that said, we decided on Avon for our location because it is an up and coming community that we can grow along with, and we didn’t see a lot of breweries out here so we wanted to be the first to start the trend out here.

Q: What's your best-selling beer and why do you think people enjoy it so much?

A: Our best-selling beer is our Tender Blonde Ale. It’s an easy drinking blonde ale that tastes great and is not over hopped, so everyone can enjoy it. The reason for it being our best seller is because it does appeal to a wide range of people and their taste buds. It has also become the base beer for a couple of other beers that we create like our Choco Blonde Ale, Rubia Caliente (habanero blonde), B.O.B (blood orange blonde), and we just started to barrel age it so I’m excited about that.

Q: Which beer – any beer in the world – do you wish that you created/invented/brewed and why?

A: One beer that I absolutely love is the Chimay Grande Réserve blue. To me, it’s just brewed to be this great tasting and easy to drink Trappest ale. To me, you get these great burnt sugar caramel and toffee flavors that are well balanced with fig flavor.

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