Adam Reinhart is the head brewer at Ignite Brewing Co. in Barberton. The seven-barrel brewery won a silver medal last month at the Great American Beer Festival for its Cherry Blonde in the American-style fruit beer category.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: Ever since I was young, I’ve had an interest in how things worked and what went into making things. That interest led me to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Once entering my twenties, I found a passion for good beer and that soon led to homebrewing. I immediately fell in love with the process and creativity that went along with it. There are so many variables, and each one is as important as the next. It’s a constant learning process that is ever evolving. Plus, in the end you make beer!

Q: What's the story behind the name Ignite?

A: The name Ignite is twofold:

First: It’s a nod to the founder of Barberton, O. C. Barber who brought his matchmaking business to Barberton. Hence the incorporation of the matchstick and flaming hop cone in our logo.

Second: Barberton is undergoing a revitalization and we’d like to be one of the sparks that helps the Magic City continue its come back.

Q: What is your favorite and least favorite craft beer trends right now?

A: My favorite trend is the continuous growth of overall market share that craft beer is realizing. My least favorite trend is the movement away from actual beer; the use of a lot of unfermentable adjuncts, "beer" that tastes like alcoholic sodas, etc.

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

A: Our Matchstick Blonde is our best-seller by volume. It’s a 4.7 percent ABV blonde ale brewed with a combination of pale ale, pilsner, Vienna and a touch of crystal malts and hopped with Centennial and Cascade. It’s a great entry into craft beer which is probably why it’s our top seller. It is also the base beer for our Cherry Blonde, that just won a silver medal out in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival.

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

A: Tough question that could go many different directions. I think it would have to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Ken Grossman nailed it back in the 1980s and it’s still one of the best pale ales in the market.

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