This issue’s Brewer Profile finds Josh falling into success.
By Brian Kaufenberg
Photo by Scott Cohen
The Growler: What’s in your fridge right now?
Josh Bischoff: Lots of Indeed, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Summit EPA, Alaskan Smoked Porter, New Belgium Accumulation and La Folie, Bent Paddle (all three flavors), Green Flash Palate Wrecker, New Glarus Serendipity, and a bunch more random bottles that should probably be drunk or discarded!
G: What’s your favorite music to brew to?
JB: Definitely depends on the day. A couple of my favorites to mash in to at 4am are Fugazi’s “13 Songs” or “Repeater,” and John Coltrane’s “Kulu Se Mama.” If you were to pop in randomly there’s a good chance The Grateful Dead or some New Orleans jazz would be bumpin’. Other than that we have hip hop days, classic rock days, pop days, old school country western—pretty much everything is fair game. I’m not very “metal” these days, but I’ve been known to pull up Todd Haug’s Instagram feed and Spotify some selections from his playlist—I trust his playlists!
G: What is your brewing background?
JB: I started out as the assistant brewer at Town Hall Brewery in spring of 2001. After a couple years, I moved to Oregon to work with a friend of mine who was opening a brewpub in Gresham, a ‘burb of Portland. When I was there it was called Main Street Ale House. He ended up moving to a new location after I had left and renamed it 4th Street Brewing. After about two-and-a-half years there, I ended up going back to Town Hall Brewery in fall of 2006, again as an assistant brewer, and was there until I made the switch to Indeed Brewing in spring of 2012.
G: When did you decide you wanted to brew professionally?
JB: Honestly, I just kind of fell into and in love with it. During a break from college I was working in the pizza kitchen at the Green Mill on Grand and Hamline in St. Paul, which at the time was a brewpub. Head brewer Ron Flett seemed to really enjoy what he was doing. I was already a fan of craft beer and decided I should try out homebrewing and try to pick some things up from Flett as well. He seemed more than happy to answer whatever question I had for him and eventually he started to let me come in and follow him around the brewery. He got wind that the assistant there at the time was moving on and encouraged me to apply. I did and was lucky enough to get the job. As they say, the rest is history.