In this week's latest installment of our '5 Questions With' feature we're getting to know Evan Price, Head Brewer of 'Noble Ale Works' Brewery:
What’s your latest new beer? Our newest beer is Amarillo Drizzles. (Pictured on Right: Source: Untappd) It's a session version of our “Showers” beers which each showcase a single hop variety but with half the alcohol content of our Double IPAs. Light bodied and pale gold in color, the Amarillo hops give flavor/aroma of watermelon, tamarind and kiwi, but still finishes deliciously dry. 4.4% abv
- How much trial and error (making bad beer) goes into perfecting a new beer? Trial batches are a big part of Noble and we make sure that everything tastes the way that we want before putting it on tap in our tasting room. We do occasionally make a batch that we're not too proud of, and when that happens, we put it down the drain.
- What are your customers clamoring for these days? Our customers really appreciate our Double IPA's and our Naughty Sauce. Both beers are neck and neck for being our best sellers each month.
- What ingredients do you want to brew with but haven’t yet? I haven't made a gluten free beer yet and I definitely want to start exploring gluten free ingredients like sorghum.
- What great styles don’t most folks know about? The beer style that we made for the show, Gose, is a beer style that a lot of people have yet to try. Light bodied, effervescent, tart and super quaffable, I can't get enough of it.
ABOUT THE BREWER
- Like most professional brewers, Evan Price began his career brewing right at home. What began as his 21 year old “Euro Trip” turned into a pub crawl through England, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, and the Czech Republic, and ultimately inspired him to begin experimenting with home brewing. After many failed attempts to duplicate the classic beer styles of Europe in his kitchen, he went to work for BJ’s Brewhouse as an Assistant Brewer. Evan spent the next two years working the Laguna Hills, Brea, and West Covina locations with BJ’s. An opportunity then arose for Evan to become the first salaried employee and a Brewer at Redlands’ Hangar 24 Craft Brewery. He took the job, and there he continued to learn and grow with the company for a year and a half. In 2009, Evan accepted the Head Brewer position at TAPS Fish House & Brewery. Working under Brewmaster Victor Novak, he learned the fundamentals of those classic European beer styles that he tried so hard to replicate during the early years in his kitchen. In the meantime, the TAPS brewing team took home Brewpub Group of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival in both 2010 and 2011. In 2012, after years of hard work and growth, Evan has found his “home” in Anaheim, California as the Head Brewer for Noble Ale Works. You can look forward to the continued development of the existing beer line up along with the addition of experimental beer styles to the Noble portfolio.
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