Jason Sweet is the head brewer at Boss Dog Brewing Co. in Cleveland Heights. The brewpub, which opened in November, was founded by Sweet and his brother Josh. (Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly attributed the answers to Josh Sweet.)

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: It all started as a hobby with my brother and I brewing on my stove. In the beginning, it was hit or miss, but the more you research, the more you discover about the history of beer styles and the interesting regional techniques. It wasn’t long before we were hooked.

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

A: The worst aspect to me is rating beers. The industry has become so focused on awards and how many stars your beers are rated. We will enter our beers into competitions and we have personally “rated” beers, but it has started to take away from the purpose ... which is the best part ... having people come together and enjoying time spent with a beer that was made with quality and care.

Q: What's the story behind the name Boss Dog?

A: We are a family-run business and our family has always been huge dog lovers. Several of our beers are named after our old family dogs. My brother and I also spent countless hours watching the Dukes of Hazzard.

Q: Usually I ask what a brewery's best-selling beer is, but with Boss Dog being relatively new I'll mix up this question. If someone drops into your brewery now and can have only one of your beers, what beer do you hand them and why? (And assume that the person enjoys all styles so you want to hand them something that you think is Boss Dog's best beer or one that best represents your brewery.)

A: Dog Pound Brown. Brown ales certainly aren’t the new, fresh popular style these days, but it’s a very Cleveland beer. Its roasty caramel notes fit well with a fall day of tailgating and it’s light enough to throw back at a barbecue.

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

A: 3 Floyds Zombie Dust. It’s a simple, single-hopped Citra pale ale that is both aggressive and balanced. One of those beers that completely embodies the brewery itself.

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