Marty Lindon is the head brewer at Millersburg Brewing Co. in Millersburg, which also happens to be the heart of Amish country in Ohio. A former banking executive, he decided to pursue his passion for brewing.



Question: Why did you become a brewer?



Answer: What else is there to do as a retired banker with a degree in chemistry and biology? The real story is too long and too boring, but home brewing was my mindless relaxation when I was CEO of a community bank, so this is my second life and enjoying it. I also have to give Chris McKim [founder of The Brew Kettle] a thanks for giving me the opportunity to start my professional side of brewing.



Q: Millersburg Brewing is located in the heart of Ohioís Amish country. Are there any advantages or disadvantages to being there as a brewer?



A: The biggest advantage is that we have a captive audience as the Amish mainly travel by buggy, foot or bicycle and we are the only brewery within a day's ride. That could also be our biggest disadvantage, also. But being in the heart of Amish country, we get travelers from all over the world coming to check out Amish country and they are great people. I have never met a stranger is so true here. I wish I could spend more time hanging out in the taproom talking to the diverse collection of visitors that stop in.



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



A: 1. Find a niche. Donít chase after making the best IPA or best whatever style beer. Make what you do well and tweak it until it is the best it can be.



2. Never release beer or have a grand opening if there are off flavors or any question about your beer quality. Dump your beer; not your reputation.



3. Never take advice from successful brewers unless you want to be successful yourself.



4. Donít be afraid or too proud to ask for help as we have a great community of brewers in Ohio who will bend over backward to help you.



Q: Whatís your best-selling beer and why do you think itís so popular?



A: French Ridge IPA. It is successful because of the Wild Rosie logo and horse butt on the can label. Please buy a six-pack to see for yourself and help us keep it our best-selling beer.



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



A: There are so many choices and so many great beers so I will have to answer this question as a biologist. I would have liked to be the person who found the cause of fermentation and was able to specify and control the world of yeast and bugs we now use to brew these fabulous beers.



I tried to keep my answers short and sweet so you can get back to brewing your own great beer instead of being bored with my answers to Rick's fabulous column.