Name: Chris German
Postion: Midwest Sales Manager
Office you work out of: Shakopee, MN
Where did you grow up? I was born in Minneapolis. I guess mostly I've been a Minnesotan my entire life, except for some time in North Dakota to attend college and Vermont after college. I brewed my first homebrew in our apartment in Burlington, that was April 2000. Duluth, MN is my favorite city to live. Someday, I hope to move back. Maybe when I retire.
What is your favorite beer or beer style? That's kind of a loaded question because I haven't had a well made, clean beer that I didn't appreciate. In my fridge I have New Glarus Spotted Cow, Founders All Day IPA, Summit Pilsener, Schell's Goosetown, a few kegs of my homebrew. Most of my homebrewing friends probably know my favorite beer to brew is pilsner.
What activities do you enjoy in your free time? I get bored quickly with most things, but for whatever reason I've always enjoyed homebrewing and tinkering around with my 1975 VW Bus. I think that the reason why I stay interested in homebrewing is because I have access to all of BSG's fantastic ingredients. The ability to experiment and play around is endless; plus I want to keep myself and my neighbors well stocked in beer.
Actually, as I write this, I'm brewing a stout called "Sagittarius A" named after our galaxy's black hole. The inspiration for the name came from this audiobook that I've been listening to called, "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson. And my trick to staying interested in the VW is to put it away and not touch it for a while, otherwise you can get burnt out. Our Minnesota winters make for a good break, but man I'm ready to camp again!
Anything else you would like to share? I've been married for 13 years and have two kids (Brady 9/Emma 7) and a dog named "Jack". I've been with BSG since 2005; getting this job was one of the luckiest things that has ever happened to me. I try to play it down, but I really believe that I have the best job and I hope to retire here. Let's see, my favorite band is Wilco. But I also really like Modest Mouse, The Decembrists, and I'm still in love with the Dead.
One last thing, I recommend McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal. It's a malt salesman's best friend while on the road. That's my tip to all of the other malt sales people out there.