Dave Chichura loves brewing, and he loves to work. He’s always lived simply and maintained a lifestyle that allows him to move around—and move he has, from breweries in the Midwest as well as up and down the Rocky Mountains. Now, as director of brewing operations at Ex Novo in Corrales, New Mexico, he’s putting in practice all the lessons he’s learned, building and managing the brewing team as they make beers that have brought home four Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup medals over the past two and a half years.
In this episode, Chichura recounts:
- the challenges of making beer in rural environments
- scaling medal-winning Melvin beers up from three to 20 barrels
- developing his recipe-writing skill set
- selecting and using hops in West Coast IPAs
- dry-hopping techniques that do and don’t work
- managing hop creep
- asking for help with problems outside of his expertise
- becoming a better manager
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