Doug Behnfeldt is the brewer at Ramblin' Red's Brewing Co. in Wauseon. The brewery is part of Red Rambler Coffees.
Question: Why did you become a brewer?
Answer: I admire the collaborative spirit of brewers and their open-minded attitudes about people and beer and wanted to become part of that family. I get a lot of satisfaction from the creative process of crafting an ale or beer that other people enjoy. I also think small taprooms and brewpubs are a great way for different people to connect and I like being part of that.
Q: What's the story behind the brewery name Ramblin' Red's?
A: The owners of Ramblin' Red's Brewing Co., Jo and Mel Michelson started roasting and selling coffee in 2003 under the name Red Rambler Coffees. In 2015, they added the brewery to their coffee business. Ramblin' Red's just fits really well as the name.
Q: What are your favorite and least favorite craft beer trends now?
A: Right now, my favorites are kolsch styles, saisons, pilsners and lagers. Least favorite would be a beer artificially flavored with extracts, whether it's fruit or something else. They just don't taste natural.
Q: What’s your best-selling beer and why do you think it’s so popular?
A: Ramblin' Red's Crema Cup Coffee Stout would probably be our best year-around selling beer. It's very popular because it contains a whole lot of fresh roasted, cold brewed Red Rambler coffee that is roasted in the same facility that houses the brewery. I have not tasted another coffee stout with more coffee flavor than this one. You could have it for breakfast with donuts!
Q: Which beer – any beer in the world – do you wish that you created/brewed and why?
A: Anchor Steam Beer comes to mind because it was the beer that Fritz Maytag re-started the craft beer industry with. That beer probably got more people started on their craft beer journey than any other.
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