Adam Keck is the founder and brewer at the new Modern Methods Brewing Co. in Warren. The brewery and taproom will host its grand opening celebration starting at 2 p.m. Saturday. (April 14)

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: I started homebrewing with my Dad and brother back in 2011 and by the third batch I was hooked. At the time, I just wanted to make the best beer possible and so I consumed as much on the subject as I could and brewed as much beer as I could in my parents' garage. I caught the entrepreneur bug for the first time seriously when I realized that my passion for community organizing and Warren’s revitalization could be incorporated in my vision for a brewery and community taproom in downtown Warren.

Q: What's the story behind the name Modern Methods?

A: Like many old steel and manufacturing towns across Ohio, Warren was known as an industrial powerhouse up through the '70s and early '80s. Way back in 1909, a local light manufacturer offered to fabricate and install a sign to promote the city of Warren to people traveling through town.

The city decided to ask the people: “What would you have the big sign say for Warren?” The response was overwhelming and the newspaper had to leave the application window open for weeks after the deadline because the responses kept rolling in. Eventually they decided to combine two responses and mount the phrase:

OPPORTUNITY
IT’S HERE
WARREN
CITY OF MODERN METHODS

Being a local history and manufacturing nerd, I loved the tie-in with the city’s past. I also love that “Modern Methods” is timeless and feels aspirational, so it is perfect for our passion for Warren and community-building.

Q: What has been the highlight of your brewing career so far and why was it so special? (Maybe it’s been a beer that you brewed, an award that you won, an idol you’ve met …)

A: I would have to say the first three weeks of our “soft open” have been the highlight of my brewing career. We’ve been brewing since January and we’ve kind of just been looking at these kegs like, “Well, I hope people like them.” The answer is a resounding and humbling “holy ****, this is good beer.”

I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I see locals in our taproom enjoying the hell out of a super traditional saison or European lager. I’m starting to feel some confidence that we weren’t so crazy afterall for starting a craft brewery in an alley in an old steel town. On top of the initial success of the taproom, it’s just been incredibly rewarding to build our team and company culture from the ground up. Our head brewer Jeff Constantine and assistant brewer Tiffany Tatar work “part time,” but have each put in the equivalent of a full-time work week in the span of days at times. And my wife Sarah and too many volunteers, friends and family, and boosters are working like crazy to the taps flowing. The pace is insane, physically and mentally exhausting, and the most fun I’ve ever had.

Q: Usually I ask brewers what their best-selling beer is. But with Modern Methods being so new, I'll mix this up. If someone walks into your brewery today and can have only one beer, which beer do you hand them and why? (And just assume this individual likes all styles. In other words, which beer are you most proud of or think best represents your brewery.)

A: Gretchen, our Munich Helles Lager, is what I’d give them. While we hang our hats on our bold, “craft” styles like any other brewery amid the American beer renaissance, we are huge traditional style nerds. Gretchen is a perfect example of that. It’s easy-drinking -- and we can confidently serve it to someone who comes in asking for a B-word -- but true-to-style. There’s a depth of malty, “liquid bread” flavor and a delicate Noble hop finish that I think would make my Bavarian relatives smile!

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

A: Any Trappist beer, because that would mean that I was a monk and living the Abbey life! I think every brewer quietly wishes that he or she was living an ascetic life, free of the encumbrance of the material world, and just brewing beer. After a brutal buildout/startup process and now taking on the duties of running a company (which I’m learning involves less brewing), the monk’s life is looking pretty good …

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