Q: Why the name Deadbeat Brewing?
A: We wanted to include some aspects of the New Orleans area/South Louisiana life into our brewery’s name. We decided to use a voodoo doll playing a bass drum as the focal point of our logo and use the term Deadbeat as a play on words. We feel that our logo celebrates our area’s historic connection with Voodoo and our long tradition of a music rich culture.
Q: How long have you/the brewery been making beer for?
A: The three of us began brewing together in the Fall of 2015. We all were friends in college and came into brewing in slightly different ways.
Brad– began experimenting with home brewing making what he liked to call “jailhouse hooch” which was mainly a variety of ciders.
Danny– got an early start by brewing with his Uncle and experimenting with homebrew kits.
Luke– was a craft beer enthusiast who wanted to see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Q: When you’re not brewing what are your hobbies?
Luke– I’m an avid runner and amateur cyclist, but I basically try to participate in any activity that will keep me in shape that doesn’t involve a gym membership.
Brad– Tinkering with super small computers and electronics like raspberry pi’s, jaguarboard, and arduinos. Ultimately goes back to how can I incorporate these devices into our brewing process.
Danny– I have 3 boys so they keep me pretty busy, but when I’m not brewing I enjoy doing outdoor activities with the family like fishing and kayaking.
Q: What’s your favourite style of beer?
Luke– Farmhouse Ale/Saison
Brad– Coffee Stout
Danny– Extra Special Bitter
Q: If you could only have one of your brews for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? (I know it’s like picking a favourite child!)
A: All 3 of us have a soft spot in our heart for our Gone Pecan (Pecan Brown Ale). This beer was one of our first recipes that we started with 1 gallon batches on the stovetop. We knew we had something special with this beer early and we continued to modify the recipe until we felt that we got it right. This was also the first beer that we ever entered into a brewing competition. We entered this beer into the 2017 Larry Hartzog’s Twisted Beer Festival and won a silver medal. That festival win served as a springboard for us to enter future festivals.
Q: You are in a supermarket, in the Beer aisle of course, what would you buy? (your wonderful beer isn’t on sale unfortunately!)
A: We are always trying to venture out of our comfort zone and try new beers. When we brew we all bring a few new beers that we have picked up either from bottle shops or other breweries. We will split each beer 3 ways and compare tasting notes. So I guess the answer for each of us is something new and exciting.
Q: What new flavour combination would you love to try/what new hops would you like to work with?
A: The festival season in Louisiana slows down in late November. We usually start some of our more ambitious experiments in the winter months. We have been discussing lately working on some Sour styles with fruit additions such as a Berliner Weisse.
A hop that we’ve never used that we have always wanted to try is Nelson Sauvin. We are big fans of the New Zealand variety hops. This hop gives off notes of wine and fruitiness and just seems fun to play with.
Q: What brewery you would like to collaborate with and why?
Luke– loved tv show Brew Masters. Sam Calagione’s enthusiasm and innovation instantly pulled me in. That show really opened up a new world to me. One where beer didn’t just have to be yellow fizzy water.
Brad– I’d like to brew with someplace local. I think it would be great to brew with Gnarly Barley in Hammond, La. Zac Caramonta, the owner, has always been helpful with giving us constructive feedback on our beer. I would love to get the opportunity to learn from his brewing techniques.
Danny– Sierra Nevada, because they were one of the early pioneers in the industry. Ken Grossman’s approach to brewing techniques and his innovative mind inspired me in the beginning to put forth the same effort towards our brewing.
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Thanks to Deadbeat Brewing for being the first American brewery featuring at Meet the Makers. I absolutely love the logo!