Name: Mike Goldfuss
Social Media: @cbpgoldfish for insta and twitter
What brought you to the brewing industry?
My brother worked in a Brewpub in college and helped bottle at a brewery when he lived in Indiana. Because of that, he always wanted to make beer so we bought him a home brew kit one Christmas. It was too big to bring with him back on the plane, so I wound up taking the kit and he was going to pick one up when he got home. At the time I was doing construction, living out of New York, traveling for work and got bored so I decided to use the kit and make a batch myself. That first batch was…..good. I liked it, but I think it was mainly because I made it. Since I just jumped into making beer I learned the hard way what drinking the dregs of a bottle conditioned beer (or 12) can do to your system. From there I went from extract batches to partial mashes and then built a mash tun and started doing all grain batches. I converted my kegerator to hold 4 corny kegs and would always have at least 2 beers on tap. I found out that Ryan had also started home brewing so in 2012, when I flew back to Texas for Ryan’s birthday, we brewed a batch of beer together. Of course with brewing beer, we were drinking also and in a drunken state said we should start a brewery. That was quickly forgotten, but later that year we went to Great American Beer Fest together in Denver, and that’s when it solidified our drunken ramblings. We needed to start a brewery. I quit my job a few months later, moved back to Texas and Ryan and I started working on getting The Collective up and running.
Which craft beer first opened your eyes to the complexities of beer?
I remember right after turning 21 and walking through the beer isle wanting to try something different. I saw Arrogant Bastard Ale and the name alone sold me. That was the first craft beer I tried and I hated it. It was completely different than anything I had ever had. It didn’t stop me from continuing to try other beers and over the years my palate has changed drastically. I now love Arrogant Bastard.
People would be surprised to know:
People may be surprised to know that I am a very private person. With the business, I am always out at bars and festivals talking to everyone. I really enjoy hanging out with friends and family, going to BBQs and concerts, but I also really enjoy staying in on a Friday night with my girlfriend, sitting in front of the TV with a movie on and a cold beer.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I really enjoy camping and hiking. There was a lot more in the way of hiking when I lived in New York, but that was one of the only things I liked about living up there. Any chance to get out of the busy day to day and sit around a campfire with a beer in my hand and the stars above is extremely relaxing. I also love to work with my hands building stuff, going mountain biking, playing disc golf, and messing around with RC Cars and drones.
What do you enjoy most about the brewing industry?
The best part about the brewing industry is how big it is, but also how small it is. I feel like I am part of this small tight knit group of cool people all working toward the same goal of bringing good beer to the masses. No matter where you go, you always run into people you know and everyone is typically in a good mood and excited to see you because we get to drink beer for a living.
What brought you to Collective?
When I lived in New York, I hated the winters and missed my family and friends here in Texas. So, I was looking for an excuse to move back. Growing up, I never really had a passion or career path that drove me to Construction. It was just how things worked out. Being able to take my hobby and turn it into a profession with my best friend, along with being able to drink a beer at the end of the day (that we made) is a very rewarding feeling. Makes all the hard work worth it.