Dorchester Brewing

Month: February 2022

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Meet the Team: Kimi Nelson, Tap Room Manager

The face behind the mask! As we continue to serve our customers in the Tap Room, we want to share our stories with you! Our team in the front of the Tap Room are amazing at helping you find the perfect beer (or other drink of choice) and providing the best hospitality to our visitors! We are so lucky to have a great group of employees and we’re excited to share another one with you today. Meet Kimi Nelson, who has been on our team for a while and recently promoted to Tap Room Manager!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I grew up in central MA where I first started working in hospitality. After the brutal 2014-15 winter season, I decided to move to California where I started working in my first brewery. I instantly fell in love with the craft beer industry and the people that surrounded it. If I wasn’t at work, I was out searching for the closest beer festival I could find. After 6 years in California, I decided it was time to come back home to Boston. Now when I’m not at work, you’ll either find me on long treks with my dog, at a concert, or visiting more local breweries. 

How did you get into bartending?

I started bartending in college when I lived in the Fenway area and I loved the atmosphere of serving Red Sox fans on game days. The rush of people from all over kept me moving and on my toes which always added a variety of spice to my day. That’s the best part about bartending – every day is different! As for craft beer, I found an incredible passion in the industry, where I first started in the Bay Area of California – there is definitely no shortage of breweries out there! It’s incredible to see the variety of products Brewers are able to make from the same main four ingredients!

What do you like best about the industry?

The people. Whether it be the folks I work alongside or the guests that walk through the front door, everybody has a different story and a different background. We work in an environment that gives us the opportunity to discover a lot about other people and that has always been the most intriguing part of my job. 

Favorite part of your job?

My coworkers, and the beer! Can’t go wrong with good conversation and delicious libations at your fingertips. 

Favorite beer style?

It’s hard to choose! I’d say my top three are Ambers, Saisons, and Sours.

Favorite DBco beer?

My current favorite is the Winter Brewberry and I’ve loved the previous variations we’ve done of it as well.

Favorite M&M BBQ item?

Can’t go wrong with a Newmarket Sandwich!

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Meet the Team: Travis Londen, Brewer

We’re so proud of the liquids that come out of our Brewery and our amazing brewing team that takes the process from start to finish. Excited to introduce another face on our team who puts his heart and soul into every beer brewed in our Boston brewery!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I grew up in Connecticut, but always dreamed of living in Boston. When I am not working you can find me hiking in the Lynn woods, checking out other area breweries or hanging with my cat Pedey.

How did you get into craft beer and the brewing industry? 

I’ve been brewing beer professionally for 3 years starting at Brewery Legitimus in Connecticut. I moved to Boston for Grad school and kept working in beer and ultimately found a home at DBco after graduating!

What does your day-to-day look like at DBco?

I have been at DBco for 6 months. My day to day ranges a lot depending on the brewing schedule and what’s on deck with our own DBco beers and partners. For the most part, I work on the hot side of the beer production, which is the part of the brew day where I’m making wort. This starts when we’re milling grains and ends when we kill the flame on the kettle. From there, the rest of the team takes over the remainder of the brewing process!

What’s your favorite beer to brew? What about to drink?

I love to brew Belgian style beers and I love to drink lagers and dark beers!

Do you have any advice for brewers just starting out?

You need a willingness to learn and start from the bottom with the goal of working your way – this is essential to really make it in the beer industry Education is important, but experience trumps education. 

What do you like best about the industry?

The collaboration. Everyone is really passionate about the product they make!

Favorite part of your job

Sharing beers with anyone and everyone. 

Favorite beer style

Bier de Garde

Favorite DBco beer

Neponset Gold or Indigo Sunrise

Favorite M&M BBQ item

House Salad with Smoked Chicken or Dumpster Fries