Nick Dallas is the brewer at Upside Brewing Co. in Sylvania. The nanobrewery opened last year in the established and popular J&G Pizza Palace.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: Some of my family, friends, coworkers and myself were into trying and sharing new beers, so I dropped a few bucks on homebrewing equipment to see how I can contribute. Like many, the hobby swallowed me up, and here I am.

Q: Upside was launched inside the already popular (and small) J&G Pizza Palace restaurant. What's been the experience there since the brewery opened? Are people coming for the beer now, as well as the pizza?

A: There is certainly some new customers coming through, and a different kind of buzz around the restaurant. We have a limited output due to the very small size of brewing system but with each new quarter comes growth.

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

A: The best is being able to do something new and to be able to challenge myself while staying true to the family business that I was raised around. Less time with my wife and kids is definitely the worst. If our projections are correct, this will be temporary.

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

A: Any IPAs are leading sellers most nights and we always have one or two of them rotating in and out. More core beers will come with an expansion. For now, I like to keep it fresh.

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

A: Sorry to say but there really isn’t one. I have never based what I am doing off another’s example. I will always try to make those beers for others.

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