Danny Monnot is the head brewer at the Platform Brewing Co. brewery and tasting room in Cleveland. Platform also operates a separate production brewery, along with a site in Columbus. It also has announced plans to open a facility in Cincinnati and a dedicated sour facility in Cleveland.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: My cousin introduced me to homebrewing and I became more and more fascinated with the chemistry and biology behind making beer. Professional brewing gave me the opportunity to get into technical and detailed science but I wasn’t chained to a desk.

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: Prior to joining the Platform team, I was brewing out in Chicago at a small brewpub, Corridor Brewery. I struck up a conversation with a gentleman at the bar who turned out to be Larry Bell. He has a house not too far from where I worked and just wanted to chat shop basically. Meeting the man behind Two-Hearted, a gateway beer for myself and a beer that still sets a standard in quality is the highlight of my career so far.

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

A: I’d say the best aspect is knowing at the end of the day you produced something tangible with your hands and sweat that others will truly enjoy.

There’s not much I detest more than paperwork, but thankfully there isn’t much at my level. Also, the cleaning never seems to stop.

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

A: Speed Merchant. Fresh, well-done IPAs sell man

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

A: Since most beers I have had in my life originate from the Midwest, I’ll stay close to home and say Edmund Fitzgerald from Great Lakes. Hands down the quintessential robust porter in my eyes, and is a beer I reach for no matter the time of year.

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