Dave Kornmiller is the founder and brewer at Br3w3ry Hocking Hills. The brewery, located in Logan, is on the Route 33 Brew Trail, which kicks off its second season on Saturday.
Question: Why did you become a brewer?
Answer: Twelve years ago, my insulation business was very stressful and I liked good tasting beer. I thought I can do this for fun and enjoy the beer as well. I drove to Cincinnati, three hours away, and bought almost $500 worth of equipment and supplies to get started.
Q: What's the story behind the name Br3w3ry Hocking Hills?
A: A. The building I bought for the brewery is right next to Route 33.
B. 1933 was the year Prohibition ended.
C. The 3's fit perfect where the E's are in brewery for a weird-looking name that people remember.
D. That's our "German heritage with an Appalachian style" slogan fitting right in as we can't all spell down here. :)
Q: What are your favorite and least favorite craft beer trends now?
A: Favorite: IPAs because of how they are evolving and getting better with later hop additions, less bitterness and drier brut styles, etc.
Least: IPA because that's all everyone wants it seems like. There are lots of other great beer styles out there. Give one of our other 15 beers a try for goodness sake.
Q: What's your best-selling beer and why do you think it's so popular?
A: Our Mingo Mango Gose. It's a sour beer with mango juice, low ABV and nice fruity flavor. It's a very easy drinker that has converted a lot of non-craft beer drinkers to craft beer drinkers. They'll try that, then try something else we have on tap. We're very proud of that.
Q: Which beer — any beer in the world — do you wish that you created/brewed and why?
A: Tough question. I really think that the beer I create and make (as do thousands of other brewers now across the country) is as good as any beer in the world. The problem is we're not able to get it distributed all across the world so everyone can try them. So you'll have to drive down to the Hocking Hills and give my beers a try and judge yourself. We'll greet you at the door with a smile and a "How are you doing today" and "What kind of beer would you like to try today at Br3w3ry," as we only sell what we make here in our small town and I think they're all world-class beers.
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