Daniel Ebben is co-founder and head of production and brewing at Swine City Brewing Co. in Fairfield. The brewery opened earlier this year.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: Legos, electronics, fixing things and troubleshooting. I enjoy making things. It's relaxing for some people like yoga. I like cooking and brewing. I am able to let go and enjoy the process.

Q: What's the story behind the name Swine City?

A: The city of Cincinnati is where the pigs were slaughtered in the 'burbs. Up this way is where they were grown and transported downtown. Hops and grain came from this way so in my mind there was a happy union of pigs roaming under wild bines eating grain ...

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: Ah, the old bubble question. I'm not particularly worried about a bubble. Style-wise, everyone in the city brings their own unique thing. Everyone has a different venue. And their patronage is unique. I think there is room to grow, but people want to stop by your venue and not always buy your product from a shelf.

Q: Usually I ask what a brewery's best-selling beer is, but with Swine City being so new I'll mix up this question. If someone drops into your brewery right now and can have only one of your beers, what beer do you hand them and why? (And just assume that he or she enjoys all styles so you're handing the customer what you consider your best beer or the one you think best represents your brewery.)

A: Oh that's tough. Probably Say It Loud!, our coffee stout. That beer really shows who we were as a startup. It's rough. I don't know that we could brew that again. Once it's gone, it's gone. Our best-seller is our hazy IPA This Is the New Stuff followed by our blonde Raised on Promises." It's still early though!

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

A: How does anyone pick just one? I guess it would be Magic Hat Vinyl. It was (when they sold, they either stopped production or just don't distribute here anymore) one of my favorite beers and a great amber. I really had no respect for the style before that.

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