Sacramento Beer Week 2011 – Interview with Glynn Philips of Rubicon
TheFullPint.com is kicking off Sacramento Beer Week 2011 with Glynn Philips. Glynn is the owner of Rubicon Brewing, and is one of the key figures responsible for the emerging beer culture in California’s State Capital. Cheers!
TFP: How would you describe the vibe of the Sacramento Craft Beer scene?
GP: Sacramento Beer Week last year really showed us all that Sacramento has a lively beer scene. No one expected it to be as fun as it was. We are looking forward to welcoming several new breweries to our area and adding to the whole scene. I am also starting to see more beer bars opening all over Sacramento. This tells me that ever thing is really starting to grow.
TFP: What’s different with this years Sac Beer Week from last years?
GP: We are more excited about this years event. They all know what to expect and they are asking questions about what we are doing.
TFP: What is your vision for the future of the Sac Craft Beer Scene. What other city that’s hot right now would you like to closely resemble?
GP: I would like to see it continue to grow. I also would like to see more businesses do more with pairings of beer and food. I love what San Diego has done and the whole scene down there.
TFP: What do you hope the locals walk away with at the end of this years Sac Beer Week?
GP: A more educated pallet and fun stories about their adventures in beer week 2011.
TFP: Who are some of the up-and-coming players that the rest of California or the rest of the US should be on the look out for?
GP: Well I love what Drakes is doing with their beer, I just cant spend enough time at the Auburn Ale House and if you haven’t had Prankster from North Coast your missing out.
TFP: How is Rubicon doing?
GP: The Rubicon continues to grow. We are in the middle of an expansion that will help us to continue selling beer to people that live too far away from 2004 Capitol Ave to stop by.
TFP: What is your take on the craft beer social media revolution that has unfolded in the last 2 years?
GP: It has made the internet more two way medium. Instead of a Brewery putting all the information on a web page and hoping that someone will look now we drive people there and folks can reach out and say hi back.
TFP: What is your take on the latest beer trends: barrel aged beer, limited special releases, expensive bottles?
GP: I think the public has embraced it. I really like what people like Russian River have done by running two different lines of product 1 every day working mans drinkable beers, and the high end big tasting Belgians. Fun!!!
TFP: What trends would you like to see developed for the benefit of the entire craft beer industry?
GP: I would like to see more people embracing beer with more flavor.
TFP: What is your favorite non-Rubicon beer?
GP: The last two I had were Pranqster from North Coast (Yum), and Auburn Ale House PU 240 (delicious.)
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