Doug Lane is the co-founder and brewer at Devil Wind Brewing. The 3,000-square-foot brewery and tasting room, located in downtown Xenia, opened earlier this year.
Question: Why did you become a brewer?
Answer: I started brewing during my senior year of college with my best friend (and now brewing partner) Michael Van Kirk. I realized that I was legally able to purchase ingredients for beer when I was 20, so making it seemed like a much more fun process than having to ask someone to buy beer for me.
Q: What's the story behind the name Devil Wind?
A: Xenia is known for its rich Native American history, especially with the Shawnee. It's rumored that the Shawnee tribes that lived in this area called it "The Land of the Devil Wind" due to its pattern of bad storms, particularly tornadoes. Not only did we think it was a cool name, we figured we could help inform people about the interesting history that our small town has.
Q: What are your favorite and least favorite craft beer trends right now?
A: My favorite craft beer trend is the resurgence of lagers, especially traditional European lagers. People are starting to back away from the high-gravity beers (which are great at times!), and notice that craft beer as a whole becomes a lot more approachable to people who used to be terrified of hoppy IPAs, or jet-black stouts. There's a reason those styles have been around for hundreds of years!
My least favorite craft trend is the milkshake IPA. While I have found a couple that were fairly tasty, I'm just a traditionalist when it comes to my IPAs. Give me a nice, dry West Coast IPA any day!
Q: What's your best-selling beer and why do you think it's so popular?
A: Our Hollencamp Helles Lager is typically our best-selling beer. Xenia doesn't have the largest craft beer scene, so our helles is one of the more relatable styles for the majority of our clientele. It's an incredibly easy-drinking beer with a clean finish; what's not to love?
Q: Which beer – any beer in the world – do you wish that you created/brewed and why?
A: Augustiner-Bräu Helles. Drinking that beer in the streets of Munich changed my life. My appreciation for lagers changed after having that beer, and I would give anything to be able to produce a beer as clean as that one.
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