What do Mickey Mouse, Tilikum and Aaron Barth have in common? They all live in Florida of course (well unless you were thinking about the Mickey Mice that live in California, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo and wherever else that magical mouse has stuck his white gloved hands into), and yes yes I know this is very much a Welsh focused blog but from time to time it likes to spread its wings, to explore pastures further afield and to drink their beer. In months gone by it’s ventured over the Severn Bridge to interview some fine English brewers and its even gone as far as the continent to interview one of Holland’s most exciting craft brewers, but never has it gone transatlantic… until now.
The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave may have a bad rep for fizzy yellow lager, but it aint all Bud, Millers and Coors. America may lack the heritage of cask, but its craft scene is second to none but it also aint all Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn. One of my favourite American beers is a sweet little IPA courtesy of Florida Avenue, and so I’m thrilled to introduce the man behind the beer, Mr. Aaron Barth.
How did you get into brewing?
I started Brewing at UCF (that’s the University of Central Florida) taking a class called Quality brewing and Fine Beer, which i got 3 credit hours for, and after class we would brew for a club. After that I bought a homebrew set and started at home.
What is your first beer related memory?
I’d rather not say as to not promote underage drinking.
If you were stranded on a desert island and one beer could get washed up with you, what would it be?
When you’re not brewing, what are you doing?
Other then any Florida Avenue Brewing beer I would have to say Firestone Walker Sucaba. It’s a barrel aged barley wine.
If you weren’t a brewer, and you can be anything in the world, what would you be?
Drinking Beer and fishing.
If you could brew a collar beer with anyone, alive or dead, real or fictional, or another brewery, who would it be?
I would brew with George Washington.
Which beer are you most proud of brewing?
I am proud of every beer i put out or else I wouldn’t put it out.