Occupation: Senior Counsel, Duke Energy Corp.
Growler: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
CW: I grew up Natty Ice, then I switched to Yuengling. Just kidding. I married a woman from Minneapolis, so guess where I ended up? I’ve made Minneapolis my home since 2006 and in my professional life, my colleagues and I built a wind turbine maintenance company. Sold that company to Duke Energy and now I work for them. Married, two little kids, and I live in the Fulton neighborhood.
G: How would your private industry experience help an industry like craft brewing?
CW: First, let me give credit where it’s due. Gary Schiff has done a lot of great work to make it easier for local breweries to start. I tip my hat to him for the work he’s done. That said, there’s more we can do. Specifically, I think, by changing the city’s regulatory process, we can make it easier for others to come in and meet their own dreams of starting a craft brewery. Or stores like The Four Firkins. It would be great to see stores like that come to neighborhoods in Minneapolis that don’t have them.
G: Any beer-specific issues that you think need to be addressed?
CW: I’d like to see Sunday sales. That’s not a Minneapolis-specific issue, but I think the mayor of Minneapolis has a pretty remarkable bully pulpit from which to advocate, and that’s one of the things I’d advocate for.
G: What are some of your local favorites?
CW: 612Brew, I really enjoyed that. I live in the Fulton neighborhood, and so I’m a little partial to Fulton. There’s plenty of great beer out there, but it’s always cool to see my neighborhood represented.
I grew up outside Philadelphia. The beer there that I grew up on was Yuengling. That and Rolling Rock. Now people can have a vigorous debate about how good those beers are, but as far as having a heritage of brewing, both of those have a long heritage of brewing. Those were my go-to beers back in the day.
I respect a proud brewing heritage and it’s cool to see Minneapolis brewing our own heritage now.