Lilly Geiger is a brewer at Paradigm Shift Craft Brewery. The Massillon brewery won a bronze medal with Neighbor Girl, a Belgian-style tripel, at last year's Great American Beer Festival.
Question: Why did you become a brewer?
Answer: I started homebrewing when I was freshly 21 after having spent four months backpacking Europe and experiencing beer culture that was definitely non-existent in Ohio. My curiosity just kept on growing from there.
Q: What are your favorite and least favorite craft beer trends right now?
A: I am so incredibly over dessert beers at the moment. Give me a crispy lager, or a nice dry rye IPA instead.
Q: What are the best and worst aspects about being a female brewer in a male dominated industry?
A: The best aspect is that there aren’t many of us. It’s sometimes empowering knowing you’re the minority and can still keep up with the guys with lifting kegs, brewing, cleaning tanks, etc.
The worst aspect is that there aren’t many of us. Women love beer, and should be just as involved with what they love as anybody else.
Q: Among all the beers that you brew, what's your favorite and why?
A: I don’t have a favorite ... yet. But I do have a least favorite. Any beer with fruit purées or extracts of any kind. They’re just a pain in the booty to mess with.
Q: Which beer — any beer in the world — do you wish that you created/brewed and why?
A: If I could be responsible for the creation of ANY beer.... it would have to be any style of lager because they are timeless. Not to forget, they are also very German, and so am I.
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