The newest batch of young guns in Colorado's brewing industry wear pink boots
Twisted Pine Brewing
Westword: What is your brewing experience?
Reva Golden: I've been in the industry since 2007. I have degrees in biology and chemistry and I did quality control work at Coors. But I was a homebrewer at the time and I wanted to learn how to do the beer-making part of it, so I enrolled in the American Brewers Guild and apprenticed at Oskar Blues. Two years ago, I started brewing fulltime at Newport Storm in Rhode Island. I've been at Twisted Pine since May.
What is your brewing and regular education?
Biology and chemistry degrees from Metro State in Denver; American Brewers Guild science and engineering program. The program gives you all the science and chemistry and gets you linked in with the industry, so you can network.
What do you like about brewing?
I really like the smell of warm wort in the morning. The aromas of brewing are one of the coolest things. But I also like the amount of activity that you can do in a day. I like the physical nature of it, getting to run around. I prefer the heavy lifting and getting all sweaty and dirty. Since I have a quality-control background, I like making sure I am hitting target gravity ranges, practicing proper technique, and achieving the personal and quality goals for the brew day. Over brewing, I love filtering.
What's the most challenging/rewarding parts of being a woman in the brewhouse?
The most challenging part is waking up at 5:30 in the morning, but that is true whether you are a dude or a chick. I think it is cool that you can start at a new brewery and people look at you a little crooked, but when you show your stuff, you get respect. At Twisted Pine, there are a lot of cool women here who give you support.
What are your favorite beer styles to drink and brew?
I really like drinking darker beers such as our Northstar Imperial Porter and anything that isn't necessarily given to a certain style. Newport Storm brewed a Mayan-themed beer with chiles and chocolate. I like it how we have Ghost Face Killah, because it doesn't really have a specific genre. As for brewing, I feel like, for the most part, since I have a lot of experience in production brewing, I like the the ones you can get done in the day. I just like getting to brew.
What is your ultimate goal in the industry?
For me right now, it would be to continue to brewing at the level where I am still up with all the new technology and methodology and technique and practice. I'd also like to get a more specific quality program going. I brew four days a week here...but this is something I would do on my rest day.
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