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Meet the Team: Matt Munsey

As part our Meet the Team series to introduce you to the many faces behind our business, today, we’ve got the inside scoop from Matt Munsey, our Assistant Tap Room Manager who made his way to the big city of Boston from a small rural town in NH. Since first developing an interest in craft beer when he tried a Belgian style beer, Munsey’s brother got him into home brewing and he developed a love of the brewing process and hasn’t stopped since then!

There is more to learn about Munsey besides just serving up you the best in craft beer with a smile and loads of knowledge about the brewing process and the flavor profiles! Here are a few of his “favorites”:

Favorite Beer Style:
My favorite beer style is schwarzbier, its hard to be a dark beer that is also light and crisp with a pleasant roasted quality.
Favorite DBco Beer:
Favorite beer at DBco is the Embarrassment Of Riches.
Favorite Non-DBco Beer:
Favorite non DBco beer right now is probably Night Shifts Santilly, I’ve been drinking lots of it.
Favorite Thing About Working Behind a Bar:
Favorite thing about working behind a bar is the variety of interactions you get to have with people in a night. Some people are just after a drink, some want a full history lesson on beer, others are just really looking for a conversation about their day.
Favorite Thing About the Craft Brewing Industry:
Within the craft brewing industry, my favorite thing is seeing the ingenuity that so many brewers have put into producing a beverage typically considered “common” not so long ago.
Favorite Spots to Drink:
I like drinking in my back yard a lot. If I’m going out for drinks I like Highland Kitchen, Row 34, or Lower Depths.
Favorite Things To Do:
In my free time I like to do a number of things. I enjoy getting out of the city and exploring nature either on foot or by bike. Another past time is finding new places to eat and drink delicious things ( current favorite being anywhere that makes savory meat pie). In the autumn I love to race cyclocross on the weekends.
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Behind the Brewing Scenes with Jim O’Neil

As part of our “Meet the Team” blog series, we thought it would be fun to take a peak behind the scenes at our Boston brewery to show everyone how the magic really happens. You know we’ve got a talented team of brewers and some amazing staff up front in the Tap Room, but how does it all come together logistically? One aspect of how that happens is through Jim O’Neil, our Operations Manager, so we’ll take some time today showing you how Jim brings it all together!

Jim went to Boston University (Go Terriers!) for undergrad and then spent twelve years working in the travel and hospitality industry. His career in beer started off as a volunteer at Blue Hills Brewery doing a lot of cleaning and helping to bottle. After paying his dues, he was hired full time as the Office Manager and then was promoted to Director of Operations with Blue Hills. He helped manage the brewery for over 5 years, responsible for everything including inventory, payroll, sales team, AP/AR, events, social media and more.

Here at Dorchester Brewing Company in Boston, Jim basically keeps everyone on track. As he said, ” In a nutshell, I work with CEO Matt and the Brew Team to make sure that they have everything they need.” Jim helps to make sure that the brewing and packaging dates are kept on schedule for our partner beers as well as ensuring that the brewery has all of the correct raw materials are on site. He also works with distributors on pick ups for the finished products.

Jim’s job at Dorchester Brewing Company is certainly a little bit different then an Operations Manager at another brewery for sure. As he says, “What makes Dorchester Brewing Company different from other breweries is that we work with such an interesting group of partner brewers. Some are local, while some are international. They each have a different perspective, and everyone’s beers are so unique. It’s very cool to work with brewers from all over the country and world.”

So, how exactly does he do it all? Jim says, “It’s a pretty manual process.” and he has to stay organized and keep on top of it all – every single day. Similar to all things in life, Jim’s advice for others in a similar position  would be to do what works for you. “In terms of organization, I’d say come up with a plan that works. If you are not effective, data will get lost and things just won’t add up. Also, you need to be diligent. Data entry is a daily task. Our partners might want an update as to where things stand NOW, and if I haven’t updated the sheets in days, the info in our system will be out of date. We try to keep things in “real time” here.”

“My favorite part of the job is when a particular job is done and we have a cooler full of pallets of yummy beer cans. I like to think that I helped make all this beer that is going out to the market for thirsty beer lovers to enjoy. I wish consumers could see how much work our team puts in to make this great product. It’s a labor of love.”

So, what does Jim drink when he’s not pouring over excel? He prefers a nice porter or stout any time during the year, especially our bourbon barrel aged version of Stove By A Whale, a Baltic Porter!

 

 

 

 

 

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All About Quality Control (And Fred!)

As part of our “Meet the Team” series, we’ve been introducing you to members on our team that make it all happen! Today, we’re excited to get to the down and dirty of actually making the beer…good beer at that. In fact, the best. We’re extremely proud of the steps we put in place to ensure the highest quality beer production for all of our beers including our house beers as well as our brewing partners. To that end…have ya met Fred?

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Fred Hamp, DBco’s Lab & Quality Assurance Manager became involved with DBco from his old friend Todd, our Head Brewer, from their days at Harpoon. Fred had been a stay at home dad for a few years and the timing was right for him to re-emerge into the craft beer scene at Boston’s newest startup. Fred has been with us since our building was a bit of a construction zone and he helped us design our QA program from the ground up (literally from the dirt floor!).

Fred’s love affair with brewing started long ago, fresh out of college. He hounded every brewpub and brewery in the Buffalo area until finally Tim Herzog of Flying Bison Brewery took pity on a him and let him clean kegs and access his brewing library. While there, Fred became committed to brewing professionally and saved his pennies to pay for the Master Brewers Program at University California Davis. After graduating, he took a job with Harpoon and did pretty much every job in the business until finding his passion for Quality Assurance and Control. After working with Todd at Harpoon, the rest was history!

When we tasked Fred with developing our lab and QA program, we told him to go big or go home.  As Fred mentioned, “The lab and QA program at DBco is state of the art for a brewery even 5 times our size. We place the quality of our brews on a pretty high pedestal.” When pulling it all together, he purchased the best equipment out there to ensure a high quality end product including: A Haffmans combined CO2/02 meter with piercing station for cans/bottles, a laminar flow hood that is PCR ready for micro work, a pharmaceutical grade spectrophotomer, a microscope for quantification of yeast, an autoclave, incubator, and more! We’ve got quite the science lab in the middle of the brewery.

When he’s not elbows up in beer, Fred loves to immerse himself in the craft beer culture. When we asked him his favorite beer, he said, “
I think choice is incredibly important. As an example, who wants to listen to the same album over and over again?  Sometimes you want speed metal, other times EDM, funk or classic rock. When I drink beer, I usually let the season/ time of year influence me. My favorite DBco beer right now is the soon to be released Baltic Porter.  It is incredibly balanced and complex… a real treat.”
And, as a last word from Fred, he believes”Beer is culture.  People come together over beer and this allows an environment for ideas and beliefs to swirl together.  The diversity of the community in Dorchester makes this dynamic even more exciting.”

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Our Tap Room Manager, Derek Rayner

We started with our Head Brewer a few weeks ago in our newest “Meet the Team” blog series so that you can get to know everyone on team and today we’re checking into the Tap Room! Derek Rayner joined our team early on and Derekhe’s been leading a great team up front for anyone that visits our space. Whether you’re looking to get in touch about a private event or have questions about what’s on tap, Derek’s your man. Here’s 10 things that you may or may not already know about Derek:

 

  1. I grew up in Berlin, NH and studied Communication at Keene State.

2. My love of craft beer started with Longtrail’s Doublebag.  I was hooked.

3. During my free time I love going out to eat with my girlfriend.  We make it a point to go out a few times a week to EAT.

4. Some of my favorite spots to grab a drink and a bite are Trina’s Starlight Lounge, Cambridge Brewing Company, Lonestar Taco Bar, Bisq, The Druid, Picco & Lord Hobo.  Nightshift is also a blast!

5. I can also talk fantasy football all day.

6. Zwickel is my favorite beer style.  It has the flexibility to change depending on how brewer’s perceive the style which is in part what makes it so exciting.

7. My favorite DBco beer has to be the V1 Double IPA.

8. I love the bar industry for it’s flexibility and sociability.  Let’s be real.  I’m surrounded by beer and people who are passionate about beer all day.  It’s a blast.

9. I’ve been in Dorchester for 9 years.  I love the diversity and sense of community.

10. I’m a sucker for sake.

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Meet Our Team: Head Brewer, Todd Charbonneau

In our latest installment of blog series, we’re introducing you to everyone on our team. Get used to us, we’ll be sticking around for quite some time. So, to get started, we’d like to introduce you to the guy responsible for all of that beer you’re drinking. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Todd, he’s one of our co-founders and Head Brewer. You may also know him as the previous Head Brewer at Harpoon. But he’s so much more then that!

Todd’s background in beer started by walking into one of Boston’s premiere breweries 15 years ago and he landed a job on the bottling line. He worked hard, and his dedication paid off becoming Head Brewer for over ten years at Harpoon Brewery. Todd’s not one to brag about himself (or super wordy as you can tell!), so we did a little Q&A so that you could get to know him better.

Todd, how did you get into craft beer?
A friend was a beginner homebrewer and invited me along on a couple of brews in his kitchen. From then on out, I was hooked.
What do you do when you’re not drinking and brewing beer?
During the summer I enjoy spending time with my family at our lake house. Lots of boating and fishing, swimming, etc.
I hear you’re also in a band…
I am in a band called The Winter Project, which began as just that. However we are still practicing and writing well into mid summer!
What is your favorite type of beer to both brew and also to drink?
I really try to be a student of style. When I’m developing a new recipe a lot of thought goes into the history of the style, ingredients used by those that developed the style. Of course I am a huge fan of American-style IPAs and love to brew them.
Do you have any advice for brewers just starting out?
Read as many books as you can. Practice makes perfect. You want to do a lot of brewing on a small scale, volunteer at your local brewery, and keep it fun. Make incremental changes to your recipes to determine how these changes affect your batches of beer.
What do you have in mind for the next few DBco beers?
Will be continuing in the hoppy beer vein with Mass Ave IPA and V1 double IPA. Also in the queue are a Berliner vice, a German Roggenbier, Pilsner, and in late summer, our Oktoberfest!

Want to pick his brain even more? We’re hosting a Meet the Brewer Night every month on the last Thursday of the month! Todd will be on hand to chat about all things beer on Thursday, July 28th from 5pm-8pm. More info at:  //www.dorchesterbrewing.com/events/event/meet-brewer-night/