Menus

Close

Nathan Zukas

Nathan Zukas

Head Brewer
Location: Hilldale

Brewer Q&A

Brewer Question: 
What kind of beers do you prefer to brew and why? Do these styles differ from the kinds of beers you normally like to drink?
Brewer Answer: 
I like to brew beers that I like to drink! Thankfully I have a diverse love of the malted beverage so our specialty brews do not get pigeon holed too much. Predominantly, I prefer crisp and refreshing beers. I really love Saison’s and Belgian beer in general. But that doesn’t mean I shy away from beer of other national origins. A pint of real ale always excites me, when the weather is cold a silky bock hits the spot and I do love the new wave of experimental hops from the northwest. I can’t get enough of Mosaic hops, but then again who can?
Brewer Question: 
Any favorite beer and food pairings? How about beer and music pairings?
Brewer Answer: 
I find that German Pils at Alpine Valley, on my way in to see my umpteenth Phish concert is a most suitable pairing. I also love to drink crowlers of Tangerine Dream with my Chicago homies before heading to Smart Bar to dance to Techno until dawn.
Brewer Question: 
How do you decide on new beers to brew?
Brewer Answer: 
We throw ideas around between us, we do this a few times a year and plan out a several months of specialties at a time. Mostly its what we want to do and what excites us. It definitely a team endeavor.
Brewer Question: 
What are the biggest reasons for the continual growth of craft beer?
Brewer Answer: 
Miller and Bud suck! People want to head over to flavor country and I can’t blame them.