Which craft beer first opened your eyes to the complexities of beer?
I lived in Colorado for a short time in my early twenties and kegs of Fat Tire and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale were actually cheaper than domestics, so we drank craft out of necessity. Years would pass before I realized how those beers had affected my desire to drink REAL beer! I owe a lot to New Belgium and Sierra Nevada for opening my eyes to a better beer world. Im 40 now, so after years of Stouts and IPAs, my taste has evolved to truly love and appreciate Farmhouse Ales, Lambics, Saisons and Gueuze. Give me a Biere de Garde or a Weiss beer any day over a Lager. There is still a special place in my heart for Pilsners though.
People would be surprised to know:
I don’t actually drink that much (anymore). It is way more common for the Misses and I to open up a nice sour with dinner, or share a bottle after the little guy goes to bed as opposed to chugging a 12 pack at the river. Although I do appreciate a good bottle share every now and then. One thing I should point out is that I share a name with a local brewer, Cody Martin from Martin House brewing. This has caused some confusion for some people, especially on the interwebs (Go ahead and add both of us on Facebook), and although we are not the same person I love that brewery and their beers.
What do you do when you’re not working?
First and foremost, I’m a DAD! I’m having an extremely great time with it. I’m a little late to the game so that’s where the majority of my concentration goes. Other than that, Music, food, and beer seem to dominate my free time (what’s that?). I love collecting vinyl and cooking for my friends and family. I’m usually pretty happy sitting in a body of water as well. A perfect day for me is barbecuing with my brother, watching the kids and dogs run around, listening to good music and sharing a couple Hans’ Pils before going out on the lake!
What do you enjoy most about the brewing industry?
The brewing industry is a pretty tight knit community filled with some of the greatest personalities I’ve ever met. People from all walks of life coming together through a shared love of beer. I love people! I love beer! It’s just meant to be!
What brought you to Collective?
A little beer called Petite Golden Sour brought me to CBP. Its a love affair I don’t take for granted. I could fill 10 pages professing my love for this little brewery. What is most important is the beer and to this day I haven’t had one of their offerings that didn’t agree with my palette. Wood Folk would probably be the beer that solidified my undying love for CBP. It’s an excellent beer! Top that with a world class staff and a fun, friendly environment. A lot of hard work goes into making these beers but everyone seems to make time to say Hi or answer any questions I may have. Just a bunch of real solid people, making real solid beers that I believe will withstand the test of time. I consider it an honor and a privilege to not only have access to these beers but to also call the people that make and serve them my friends. Also, Hey Dave!