Short Finger Brewing Co.
This was one of the best days I’ve had in recent memory and I believe I set myself up for it Saturday night, actually. My friends and I all went curling (first timer – definitely going back) for my 30th Birthday. We then went back to a friends for a little shin dig, where I promptly Irish Goodbye’d at about 10:00pm. Best Move of All Time. I was asleep by 10:30pm, and when I woke up in the morning, I was PUMPED for our road trip out to Cambridge for the day.
Chad, on the other hand, stayed at said party, so I saw his eyes get big when I showed up with coffees (truthfully, he was just upset with me, because he insisted it was his turn to buy coffee, but whattyaaa gunna do). He is a trooper though – he always manages to tough it out even when he’s gotten into shenanigans the night before. He gave me the highlights of the night, and we were off.
I was real excited for Short Finger. Doing a little research beforehand had me thinking that Rob would be a wealth of knowledge and to say I was not disappointed, would be an emphatic understatement. First, Rob gave us a tour (first time we’ve done it this way), and talked us through their tap room / home brew shop / brewery. It was a lot to take in and sometimes hard to keep up (more on that later). They have so much happening at Short Finger, and we got into some finer details, but I feel like we barely scratched the surface of what they’re getting into in terms of creating and developing recipes around the beer they offer.
After the tour, we met Kat and got ready for our ‘interview’ portion. I gotta be honest and say this is the most relaxed I’ve ever been for one of these. By the time the interview started, I felt like I was just talking to a couple long time friends. We laughed, drank and talked all things Short Finger, craft beer, mixed fermentation, and epic dance parties.
The thing is, when you get into the details of what Short Finger is creating, between Lando variations, their mixed fermentation, blending, and barrel aging….. Don’t be surprised if, at times, you’re like “wait, wait… can you repeat that?” I felt myself doing that frequently. It’s easy to get lost when Rob starts dishing about the intricacies of his brewing process, which to me, is what makes it SO interesting. But, whether it’s the home brewing side or brewery initiatives, there seems to be so much happening with each aspect of the space.
Add on top of that, that Kat and Rob are legit the coolest and the best time to hang with and learn from, and Short Finger becomes an instant favourite in my books.
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Cheers – T.