Hey Fueled Fam! My name is Ian Steele and I am (to my knowledge) the newest member of your Fueled By Hops staff. I have taken on the most noble endeavour of writing weekly blog posts regarding the state of craft beer on a national basis, which includes everything from new releases and new brew tech, to collaborations, festivals, and so much more.
The most valuable asset that I bring to this wonderful publication is that I myself am a commercial brewer of three years; more specifically, I am the lead brewer of a small brewery called Atrevida Beer Company in Colorado Springs, CO. If any of you are familiar with the show Beerland on Viceland, my boss and owner of the brewery is Jessica Fierro, the season one winner. Together, we strive to put unique flavors derived from different cultures into our beer in an effort to emphasize our slogan: “Diversity, It’s On Tap!” Some of our flagship beers include a Yerba Maté saison, a Belgian blonde ale with pineapple and citrus, a nitro stout featuring Chocolaté Ibarra, a spiced witbier with cinnamon and agavé dubbed the Drunken Churro Wit, and many more.
The second most valuable asset that I bring to the table is that it is damn near impossible to shut me up, especially when it comes to my passions. To clarify, beer is one of my passions. As a result, I thought that opening up a direct line of communication between myself and the loyal readers of this wonderful website would be a really fun and engaging way to educate people on the joys, hardships and intricacies of brewing and beer in general.
Now for the less fun parts: if there’s anything you ever wanted to know about beer and how it’s made, please send your inquiries to [email protected], and I will randomly select a question once a week to answer in full, or to the best of my abilities. I must disclaim that I am in no way, shape or form a brew “master”- however, in my six total years of brewing between homebrew and commercial, I have learned lots of tips and tricks, do’s and don’t’s, and lots of miscellaneous junk in between. I look forward to hearing from you all and can’t wait to see what you throw my way! Cheers!