Name: Ryan Evans Deyo
Social Media: @cbpwoodwrangler for insta and twats
What brought you to the brewing industry?
Home brewing. I got into home brewing after my partner Mike. I had gotten into craft beer a couple years prior, and I tend to be an info nerd, which led me to trying to learn everything I could about beer. Naturally, I had to learn about the brewing process. This lead me to John Palmer’s online version of How to Brew and I also started listening to The Brewing Network. That lit a passion under me to start home brewing. I read about it for about six months prior to brewing my first batch so that I wouldn’t screw it up, but, I screwed it up anyways. Despite my failed first attempt, I was hooked. A few years later Mike and I started brewing together when he would come in town. Opening a brewery is something every home brewer fantasizes about and we were no different. In October of 2012, Mike, Tessa and I attended the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. We had a blast and on one drunken night we decided we had to start a brewery. January of the next year Mike had moved back to Texas and we began working on our business plan. March of 2013 we both began to volunteer at Martin House Brewing Company. There we learned about the commercial brewing processes, tank cleaning, sales, etc. It was an invaluable nine months. June 21, 2014 we sold our first kegs to Brewed on Magnolia Ave.
Which craft beer first opened your eyes to the complexities of beer?
When I first got into craft beer I went on a huge ESB kick. Not sure why. Soon after that though I was totally in love with Unibroue out of Canada. Their takes on Belgian beer styles are fun and approachable but also super interesting. Le Terroir from New Belgium opened my eyes to acidity as a flavor component in beer and is a huge influence on how we model ourselves today.
People would be surprised to know:
People would probably be surprised to know that I am still a full time Firefighter for the City of Fort Worth. My fire station is right down the street. I work at a station that houses thirteen guys working on an engine, truck, squad and chiefs car. I ride the ladder truck and have been in the fire service for ten years.
What do you do when you’re not working?
Besides working at the fire station? My wife, Tessa, and I have an amazing two year old named Tucker. He’s a wonderful hand-full. So that’s my favorite thing to do is be husband and dad. I also enjoy running, road biking, mountain biking, hiking, disc golf, and camping. Oh, and I drink beer and whiskey. I also enjoy cooking. That is where I draw a lot of inspiration from when creating recipes for the brewery. I’ve enjoyed cooking since I was very young and spent several years in the restaurant industry while in college. Food draws people together. That’s what we try to do with the brewery and our beer.
What do you enjoy most about the brewing industry?
Lots of people would tell you it’s the community that they enjoy. The people are amazing. Seriously, in any facet of the brewing world you tend to find these great, fun, generous and genuine human beings that you don’t seem to find elsewhere. I’m in it for the free beer though.
What brought you to Collective?