Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers, Part 5

Welcome to an ongoing BREWVANA series, Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers. The project is simple: I ask some of the industry’s most notable brewers to share which brewers they most admire and why.

Hill Farmstead Brewery’s Shaun Hill is no slouch around the mash tun. He guided the young brewery to RateBeer’s “New Brewery of the Year” title just two years ago, and this year, with eight of the top ten beers on the list and a full 25 percent of the top 50 beers released in 2012, Hill Farmstead was named not only Best Brewery in the US, but also Best Brewery in the World. Who within the industry does Hill look up to?

BREWVANA: Who is one of your favorite and influential-to-you brewers in the industry and why?

SHAUN HILL: At this time, I have several favorite brewers. For bright, beautiful hoppy beers: Alpine. Pat’s Duet and Nelson are fantastic expressions of what hop flavor and balance should be. I also think Tomme Arthur and the Lost Abbey/Port Brewing operation do a great job achieving a unique and distinct house profile in blending their barrel aged beers. I believe that Stone has demonstrated that a brewery can experience explosive growth while still producing and maintaining a very high quality product. Arrogant Bastard and Sublimely taste exactly the same today as they did when I first tasted them many moons ago.

The list goes on… Beers we like to drink.

Most influential brewer? John Kimmich at The Alchemist in Waterbury, VT. I used to spend at least one day a week at their pub in 2004/2005/2006/2007 – and John became a close friend, critic, and inspiration. Without him, Hill Farmstead’s Hop-Forward beers would certainly not taste the way that they do…

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