Richard Skains is the co-founder and brewer at Working Class Brewery in Cleveland. The brewery, located in a shopping plaza, was part of the Class of '17 -- the wave of new breweries that opened in the Cleveland area.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: The best way to get the freshest beer is to brew it yourself then you can drink it right from the fermenter unfiltered. Aside from that, I enjoy the creative and scientific processes of brewing. I enjoy the hunt and the challenge to make the perfect, most quaffable and stylistically correct beer.

Q: What's the story behind the name "Working Class?"

A: We tossed around some other names for awhile before coming up with "Working Class." We knew we could utilize various occupational names and terms that would help consumers identify with our brand. My business partner and I are both working class people and beer has a long history of being a working class beverage.

Q: What advice can you give future brewers to be successful?

A: Read, research, experiment and ask questions of your fellow brewers. They are your most valuable resource.

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

A: Aviator IPA. IPA is the most popular craft beer style in America. Our IPA has the clean malt profile of a West Coast IPA along with Mosaic hops in the hop back and it's dry hopped with Chinook/Mosaic. Aviator IPA is 8 percent alcohol by volume, which is technically a double IPA but it drinks like an IPA.

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

A: North German pilsener. This beer is clean, crisp and hoppy. I can never get tired of it. Its simple malt profile never saturates the palate. Its crisp finish keeps you coming back for more and at roughly 5% percent alcohol by volume you can knock back a tun of beer.

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