Meet the Brewers: Sean McConaghy

Meet the Brewers: Sean McConaghy

Meet the Brewers is an ongoing series to highlight the individuals who make the beer at our Wilmington breweries. Check back every week to see the latest interview. All photographs provided by Brian Lantz Photography .  Check out his instagram at  @brianleelantz

Sean McConaghy is the head brewer at Broomtail Craft Brewery. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, his favorite beer to make is currently Gose. Recently I asked McConaghy some questions about his experience in the brewing industry.

What first got you into brewing?

A friend I was stationed with in the service had invited me over for an evening of drinking that eventually turned into brewing a homebrew batch in his garage at 2 am, and from there I was hooked.

What was the first beer you made? 

Amber Ale

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What made you want to start brewing on a larger scale?

I really fell in love with the process and just wanted to go big or go home as they say.

Is there anything you do differently in your brewing process that other places do not do?

I certainly cannot attest to what anyone else does or does not do, but what I can say is Broomtail is the only place I have worked, where we focus on building a water profile to meet a beer’s specific geographic location. We have very analytical methods for the quality of our clean beers as well as our locally harvested wild yeasts and spontaneously fermented products

What is one thing you want your consumer to take away after trying your beer?

First and foremost that its Delicious! Our “Clean beers” are true to style, with no off flavors. For our “wild side”, that once again, it’s delicious, but truly unique, and complex that leaves you wanting another.

 

 

 

Wilmington Beer & Olympics Pairing

Don’t know what to drink during each Olympic sport? We got you covered! Stop by one of our local breweries and pick up some Wilmington beer .

Cross Country Skiing & Schwarzbier

Bill’s Front Porch’s Schwarzbier is a traditional German black lager. It is a full-bodied beer that has a nice smokiness while also being light and crisp. Drink this beer while watching Cross Country Skiing which is the oldest type of skiing. Both the beer style and the sport have centuries of history making them what they are today.

 

Speed Skating & Gose

 

 Broomtail’s Galloping Göse is slightly sour and salty with a burst of fruitiness. Drink this beer while watching speed skating, which began as a way to maintain communication between villages. Allow the tartness of the beer to remind you of the bitter cold your ancestors had to endure before heating.

 

Hockey & Imperial Porter

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Check Six Brewery’s Harley Pope Imperial Porter has a chocolate finish with a hint of vanilla. Drink this beer while watching ice hockey. Both are smooth, fluid, and bring in big crowds.

 

Bobsleigh & Hoppy Tripel

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Flytrap Brewing’s Hoppy Tripel is a hopped up version of a Belgian Tripel. It is similar to an IPA. Drink this while watching bobsleigh, which did not start until people decided to attach two skeleton sleds together to make a toboggan. Similar to the Hoppy Tripel, the sport of bobsleigh is a hopped up version of an original.

 

Snowboarding & ESB

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Front Street Brewery’s Amber Jack is an English Special Bitter. It is mild with no upfront bitterness and makes for easy drinking. Drink this while watching snowboarding, which has elements of surfing, skiing, and skateboarding. Both the beer and the sport are smooth going down and will lead to a good time.

 

Biathlon & Black IPA

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Ironclad’s Byeman Black IPA is a delicious, complex beer with a full body. It has a sweet maple syrup taste but has a bite to it. Drink this beer while watching biathlon, a sport that combines the power and intensity of cross-country skiing with the carefulness and calm of marksmanship.

 

Skeleton Racing & Mole’ Stout

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New Anthem Beer Project’s Roadside Prophet is a spicy stout. If beer had money this would be Warren Buffet. This beer gets its spice from mole peppers that also give the drink a nice warmth. Drink this beer while watching skeleton racing; a thrilling sport involving plummeting head first down a treacherous slope.

 

Alpine Skiing & Kolsch

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Waterline’s Kölsch is a traditional German-style beer. It is brewed like a lager and cold fermented but it is considered an ale. Drink this beer while watching alpine skiing, which has a long European history just like the Kölsch style beer.

 

Freestyle Skiing & Double IPA

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Wilmington Brewing Company’s Double IPA Sneaky Goose has an ABV of around 10%. It is strong, hoppy and piney with a malt backbone. Drink this beer while watching freestyle skiing, a sport that combines speed, presentation and the ability to do acrobatic tricks. Both freestyle skiing and the Double IPA Sneaky Goose are intense and make you want to do flips in the air.

 

Figure Skating & Grisette

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Waterman’s Sun Sparkle is a grisette. It is floral, extremely dry and almost herbal. Drink this beer while watching figure skating, an elegant sport that showcases strength and art. Similar to the Sun Sparkle, figure skating has many different elements.

 

Luge & Ginger Blonde Ale

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Wrightsville Beach Brewery’s Shark and Stormy is a blonde ale that is infused with ginger root. Drink this beer while watching luge, a sport that has racers speeding down an ice track with little to no protection. Savor your beer while being grateful you are inside and not risking your life.

 

Ski Jumping & Brown Ale

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Salty Turtle’s Barnacle Bill’s is a traditional brown ale with hints of caramel. Drink this beer while watching ski jumping. Both the sport and the beer have evolved from the original and allow for new techniques to arise.

 

Nordic Combined & Amber Ale

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Edward Teach Brewery’s Cannon Fire Amber Ale has a little more hops than the average amber ale. Drink this while watching Nordic combined, which includes some hops of their own with its combination of ski jumping and cross-country skiing.

Meet the Brewers: Jim Deaton

Meet the Brewers: Jim Deaton

Meet the Brewers is an ongoing series to highlight the individuals who make the beer at our Wilmington breweries. Check back every week to see the latest interview. All photographs provided by Brian Lantz Photography .  Check out his instagram at  @brianleelantz

Jim Deaton is the head brewer at Bill’s Front Porch. From Jamestown, NC, he has been passionate about beer-making even before he was legally old enough to drink it. Deaton realized that while he wasn’t old enough to buy beer, he could definitely make it which ignited his career. Since creating his first brew, a double IPA, he has created many beer styles including his favorite to make, a class German style lager.

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When asked what made him want to start brewing on a larger scale he said, “[I] Volunteered to help build a commercial brewery in Blowing Rock and worked my way up into a lead brewer position. It allowed me to make beer for the masses, not just for my friends and me.”

Check out Deaton’s work at Bill’s Front Porch and don’t be afraid to give him some feedback! Deaton says, “ Brewers are always seeking perfection. [The] more constructive feedback we receive, the better we can make our beers for you. Good or bad its always nice to see some responses about a specific style of beer. Don’t hesitate to ask questions; this is my love, my passion, and my career. I love talking to customers about specifics regarding the brewing processes.”

Fun Beer Things to do for Valentine’s Day

Fun Beer Things to do for Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or Single’s Awareness Day, you’ll be sure to have a blast at these fantastic events.

Salty Turtle Beer Company

Feb 13 at 11:30 a.m. to Feb 15 at 12 a.m.

 

Get a jump start on Valentine’s Day festivities with Salty Turtle’s limited release of their Raspberry and Chocolate Porter. Each serving will be paired with a small bite brownie from Sugar Island Bakery.

https://www.facebook.com/events/969999773162640/

Front Street Brewery

Feb 14 at 11:30 a.m. to Feb 15 at 12 a.m.

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Front Street Brewery’s Annual Valentine’s Day Sinful Stout Beer Release. Celebrate the season of love with their rich chocolatey and deliciously smooth Sinful Stout, brewed with chocolate velvet coffee.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1485874401510814/

Flytrap Brewing

Feb 14 at 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a stout flight and donut hole pairing! Four 4oz pours of Flytrap stouts paired with 4 creative and fresh donut holes by Wake N Bake for $15. Enjoy live music by Jared Michael Cline 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No reservations necessary.

https://www.facebook.com/events/147959565916063/

Wrightsville Beach Brewery

Feb 14 at 5 p.m.

 

Four course meal paired with beer AND wine for only $36. Make a reservation for one, two, three, they will be happy to serve everyone on Valentines! Please call 910.256.4938 for reservations.

https://www.facebook.com/events/684581465262958/

Hey Beer Bottle Shop

Feb 14 at 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Hey Beer Bottle Shop is partnering with Wake N Bake Donuts for another installment of complimentary donuts paired with delicious dark beers!

They are featuring one of NC’s best limited release stouts…Foothills Bourbon Barrel-Aged Sexual Chocolate!

https://www.facebook.com/events/456117771470051/?active_tab=about

Fermental

Feb 14 at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Fermental’s annual holiday Mead Tasting, showcasing a variety of honey wines in different styles from around the world. Celebrate with live swing/gypsy jazz music, a food truck, and mead! Call 910.821.0362 for details.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1979855469001630/

Bill’s Front Porch Brewery

Feb 14 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Bill’s Front Porch is curating a delicious 5-course meal with their own craft beer pairings. This event will be closed to the public in order to keep the night special for guests.

Get Your tickets here

The Sour Barn

Feb 14 at 7 p.m.

 

Treat your Valentine to drinks and dessert at The Barn. They will be featuring Port City Cheesecake’s Râppé Chocolate Cheesecake. One slice of cheesecake and two Broomtail beers for $14.

https://www.facebook.com/events/589196988133354/

Check Six Brewing Company

Feb 14 at 7:30p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

 

Celebrate with their wine and champagne special and enjoy the fabulous Dale Kinner for a special night with your special someone!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2044490735567489/

Meet the Brewers: Laren Avery

Meet the Brewers: Laren Avery

Meet the Brewers is an ongoing series to highlight the individuals who make the beer at our Wilmington breweries. Check back every week to see the latest interview. All photographs provided by Brian Lantz Photography .  Check out his instagram at  @brianleelantz

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Laren Avery is the head brewer at Wilmington’s Ironclad Brewery. Originally from DeWitt, Michigan, he made his way to Wilmington after brewing for Mountain Town Brewing Company in Michigan and Boylan Bridge Brewpub in Raleigh. Recently, I asked him a few questions about his experience in the brewing world.

  What first got you into brewing? A joke, I was not happy with my career choices.My professor asked if I liked beer, the rest is history.

What was the first beer you made? Jalapeño wheat

What is your favorite beer to make? Gruit. It is interesting to see the evolution of the style of beer. This was a style brewed before the introduction of hops, which ruled out other health properties of herbs otherwise used in its place.

What made you want to start brewing on a larger scale? The desire to pass on the inspiration that pulled me into brewing. It is not what we can do. It is about what we have yet to do!

Is there anything you do differently in your brewing process that other places do not do? With a few beers, yes. I hand create my ingredients so to me they are very special and very different.

What is one thing you want your consumer to take away from trying your beer? I want my subject to take away the fermentation of the imagination. To inspire, create a memory that you want to live again. Give someone something that helps someone to think outside of the box and realize that there is so much more we can brew.