Photo courtesy of BangerBrewing.com
Michael (Banger) Beaman, 33, single, Co-Founder, Head Brewer, (HMFIC)
Banger Brewing, Microbrewery, tasting room
Address: 450 Fremont St #135, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Web site/blog: BangerBrewing.com
Twitter: @BangerBrewing @LVBanger
Facebook: Michael Beaman
10 Questions with Michael Beaman of Banger Brewing
1. What led you to craft beer?
I don’t really know the answer to that question. I have always enjoyed a good pint of beer. I have always been intrigued by the many different beers a single brewery can produce. If I had to put it on one moment I would have to say it is the first time I tried a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I fell in love with the hop flavors and aromas. Ever since that beer my roommate and I would go to the store and try every craft beer we could get a hold of. Eventually I saw a commercial for Sam Adams homebrew competition, found out where to buy a kit and wallah! Here I am, writing this. Ha Ha!
2. If you weren’t doing this for a living, you’d probably be _________?
A ski bum.
3. What are your five favorite beers of all time?
Any one of Avery’s Barrel Aged Series, New Belgium Sour Brown, Deschutes Red Chair NWPA, Rochefort 8, and of course Guinness
4. If you could enjoy a beer with 3 people, living or dead, who would they be and why?
Benjamin Franklin, because he was a home brewer. I would love to try some of his brew and of course I would bring some of mine too. The Dude, because he knows how to party! And has great taste in music. Last but certainly not least, my Dad–we always have some good times over beers. Especially after a long day of four-wheeling or shooting.
5. Please describe your perfect meal and which beer(s) you’d pair with it.
I’d start off with a seared foie gras paired with Le Terroir by New Belgium. Then I would move on to a Kobe rib eye paired with a Lagunitas IPA. And last I would enjoy a chocolate souffle paired with a Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout by Rogue. I would then bring it all together with a shot of Fernnet Branca and a ginger beer back.
6. Favorite beer quote OR drinking toast?
“Once it hits your lips…It’s so good.” –Frank the Tank.
7. How have you seen the craft beer industry change over the past five years, and how do you see it changing in the next five?
I have seen it change in the last five years, after four years of planning and developing, my brewery finally opened!! There are more and more breweries opening every year. We finally just surpassed the number of breweries that there were pre-Prohibition, which is awesome because it shows you that people are drinking a lot more of their local craft brews and less “yellow stuff.”
8. Favorite place to drink a beer?
Lunchtime on the slopes.
9. Pretend it’s bring-your-fans-to-work day. What can we expect to see you doing during a typical day on the job?
I get to work about 8:30–8:45. I go straight to the taps and make sure to “taste” all of the beers, you know, for quality assurance. Then I head to the mill room and start crushing up the days brew. I then walk into the brewery and turn up the music and dough in. During the last part of the mash I order lunch from one of the many places to eat in downtown Las Vegas (Le Thai is my favorite). I then start the runoff and wait for my food; in the meantime I try to figure out a beer to pair with my food. After the boil during knockout I grab my “knockout” beer. Now comes the fun part, cleaning. I make sure to sweep and mop the mill room and brewery.
10. Licence to brag: what’s the best thing you’ve contributed to the craft beer universe?
I am so new to the world of commercial brewing. I don’t think I have contributed anything. But the year is still young!!
11. Bonus round (optional but awesome): Please share a little-known fun fact about yourself.
I have backpacked Europe a couple of times. Once was a beer and food trip, the other was for the amazing skiing.
Thank you, Michael. Cheers to you and yours!