On the Line: Matt Strickland of The Bruery, Part Two

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Matt not only managed to turn around his questionnaire within 24-hours, but it (Part One, specifically) was articulate as well. So we're cutting him a little slack for being sassy. Besides, it was probably the funniest Part Two we've read. He makes up for it tomorrow. If you're wondering how the hell a wood cellarman from The Bruery contributes to Part Three, you'll learn soon enough.

Read our interview with Matt Strickland of The Bruery, Part One.
And now, on to Part Two. . . .


When you're not at The Bruery, what are you doing?
I'm still technically in graduate school at Oregon State University, so when I'm not at work I tend to stay at home to work on my Master's thesis [Editor's Note: His thesis is on the effects of Pediococcus (we think?) species on the chemical and sensory characteristics of Oregon Pinot Noir.].

Last song playing on your radio/smart phone/iPod:
My iPod offed itself a week ago, so I don't really remember what the last song was, though I'm almost positive that it wasn't a Vanessa Williams song.


Where did you grow up? If you're not from Orange County, what brought you here?
I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, which is supposedly Music City USA. Though it's hard to hear any music with Garth Brooks songs blaring all over the town.

I knew I wanted to work with barrel-aged and sour beers, but there wasn't a lot of funding for that, so I couldn't get any grants. Two years ago, I was accepted into graduate school at Oregon State University for Wine Microbiology (yes, there is such a thing). I spent a lot of time in the beer lab and got to know the graduate students. Back in February, I had lunch with one of the beer professors, and he placed a call to Tyler. Jay (the barrel program manager at the time) had just put in his notice, so I consider myself pretty lucky to wind up working for The Bruery.

Hardest lesson you've learned:
Stoves tend to be hot.

What's your favorite childhood memory?
The day I finally learned that stoves were hot.

When is your birthday?
Sometime in early March. I apparently share a birthday with Jake Lloyd (who was the kid who played Anakin Skywalker in the cinematic abortion that was The Phantom Menace). Look how proud I am . . .

Are you superstitious?
If I admit to it then I might jinx myself. So, no, I'm not.

What were you up to five years ago?
Working towards finishing my bachelor's and trying my damnedest not to be an adult.

Favorite holiday:
I love Christmas. There's always good food and great drink. Oh, and the family is nice too.

Last movie watched; how was it?
The Immortals on Netflix. And to answer your next question, I don't know why I watched it either.

Do you have any skills that are non-food/drink related?
Nope. If I lose this gig, I'm screwed.

What would you be doing if you weren't in this business?
Wishing I was in this business.

Explain the tattoos.
Hehe. I don't have too many drunken stories with the tattoos. Honestly, the explanation is pretty simple: I spent about 11 years working in the tattoo industry. I had a lot of good friends that were great tattoo artists, and if we had a few slow hours and I was in the mood, I would go up to them and say, "Do whatever you want."

A lot of tattoo artists get bored doing the same designs and pieces day in and day out, so they would get pretty excited whenever I would give them the chance to run wild for a bit. Most of my tattoos were as much for them as they were for me.


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