We here at The Collective pride ourselves on growing a community through beer and we have crossed paths with a few fine folks that have embraced the spirit of our brewery. These people have turned into our biggest supporters, and at this point, family. We wanted to feature a few of them a la the staff bios we did recently. Next up is a man who is quick to share a world class beer (Thanks for all the good stuff Robert!), loves Apricot Sours, and, as you will read, is a poet and writer. Meet Robert Wynne!
Name: Robert Wynne
Social Media: freeverse on Untappd. @poetryandbeer on Instagram.
What brought you to the brewing industry?
I love beer! And I’ve done some homebrewing, but I determined that I prefer drinking beer to brewing it. I love the variety of craft beers currently available, and look forward to that variety only increasing.
Which craft beer first opened your eyes to the complexities of beer?
Guinness and Rogue Dead Guy were the first beers I drank that made me understand that not all beer had to taste like rice-water. And then Immort Ale from Dogfish Head really opened my eyes to the complex flavors possible in a strong, oak-aged beer. Pliny the Elder was my gateway IPA, Bourbon County was my first bourbon barrel-aged stout, and Lindemans Framboise and Duchesse de Bourgogne got me started on different sour profiles.
People would be surprised to know:
I have 3 college degrees in Creative Writing, and I’ve had 3 full-length collections of my poetry published (none self-published). Since 1991, I’ve had more than 350 poems published in small-press magazines, and online. I’m still writing, at least sporadically, and I still do occasional readings as well.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I work in I.T. and travel quite a bit, so when I’m not working and I’m home, I enjoy watching television with my wife and daughter, hanging out with our dogs, listening to music and reading. When I’m on the road and not working, I’m always at a nearby brewery or bar, sampling the local offerings.
What do you enjoy most about the brewing industry?
The fact that it exists, so I can keep drinking new beers! And the beer names and labels – those are always fun.
What brought you to Collective?
People had been telling me I needed to try the Petite Golden Sour, and I loved it when I found it on draft. I was also hoping to fulfill the promise of finding a brewery near my home that felt like the breweries I’d visited outside Texas. I’ve been to more than 215 breweries in the U.S. and I really enjoy the warmth and sense of community that can be found at a brewery that feels like a bar right next to the big tanks where all the magic happens. Too many Texas breweries feel like warehouses, and are only open 1 or 2 days a week. Collective, like the most enjoyable breweries I’ve visited, feels like a place to come hang out with friends, and just enjoy great beer!