Employee Profile: Grant McDonough
Name: Grant McDonough
Position: Sales Manager – Northeast Region
Office you work out of: Home office in Narberth, PA., My car, or closest WiFi connection.
Where were you born or from: I was born in West Union, Iowa. I had a good run in Minneapolis though and would partially claim that as home.
What was the first beer that made a big impression on you?
I would say Leinenkugel’s Creamy Dark was the first to change my perspective on beer. It was dark and rich, but it was also one of the only beers around that wasn’t a light lager.
I have to give a nod to John’s Grocery in Iowa City, too! Craft beer wasn’t exactly pervasive in eastern Iowa so having an oasis like John’s really served as a window for myself and many others into the world of beer. It should be on some sort of historic registry if it isn’t already.
What is your favorite hop? Probably Styrian Goldings, but I’ve become a big fan of Motueka, as well.
What is your favorite beer or beer style? (Do you have a regular go-to beer?)
No snobbery here. I’ll enjoy any well-made beer put in front of me. I do have a soft spot for Belgian Dubbels though.
What is your favorite food-beer pairing?
I like the pairing of an Imperial Stout with a good blue cheese. Yeti & St. Agur Blue would be good examples.
What activities do you enjoy in your free time?
I love cooking and homebrewing! I try to keep the kegs and carboys full and am usually playing around with new malts and hops we bring in. My mom and grandma taught me to cook when I was young and it’s always been something I love to do. I’ve cooked in a number of restaurants and sometimes wish I could again to learn new things. I studied Bio/Chem in school, but I think it was my affinity for cooking that drew me toward brewing more than anything.
I’m a live music junky and like to get out to see new bands and new venues. It’s especially fun to catch onto a band when they’re playing small clubs or open mic’s and a couple years later they’re selling out stadiums.
It sounds weird, but I like to get out and explore. New restaurants, pubs, parks, neighborhoods, cities, countries….etc. I like to do off the beaten path kinds of things like a trip to the Missisippi Delta we did last year going to jukejoints and sleeping in tin-roofed sheds.
Share a food recipe that pairs well with a certain beer style:
I don’t know about a specific beer pairing, but Denver Green Chili is a staple in my diet. I don’t measure or write anything down so I’ll ballpark my version for you. I used to put white beans in it until I was berated by a ‘set in her ways’ Coloradoan. There are now NO BEANS in this Chili. You should also probably use all Hatch green chilis, but I’m a normal guy and shop at the store so here you go….
- 2-3 lbs Pork Shoulder – pack with guajillo peppers in a crock pot set to low. Cook until pulls/shreds off bone. 5-6 hours.
- 2 big handfuls (~ 12 – 15) Tomatillos
- 1 Large White onion
- ~4-5 Poblano Peppers
- ~2-3 Anaheim Peppers
- 1 or 2 Jalepenos
- A few garlic cloves
- Chicken Stock
- Mexican Oregano
Oil and blister the peppers directly on a gas range. Place in a covered glass bowl for 15 minutes to rest. Wearing gloves skin, stem, and partially seed the peppers. Meanwhile core and split your tomatillos, quarter the onion, and peel garlic. Place on a deep baking pan under a broiler. Cook until browned. Add everything from that pan (juices and all) to a food processor. Puree with your chilies.
Mix chili puree with chicken stock. Consistency should be closer to stew than soup, but not too tight. You’ll want to spread it over another food at some point. Season with white pepper, Cumin, and Mexican Oregano for sure along with whatever else it needs. Add back your Pork and simmer the whole thing for an hour.
Serve in a bowl with Cilantro & Hot Sauce, or on top of almost anything. Seriously, almost anything.
Any thing else you would like to share?
My wife, Pam, and I have been married for 6 years. We try to keep each other sane and I think have been doing a good job so far ☺
I’m a dog lover and particularly love Bernese Mountain Dogs. One of which is usually laying at my feet in the office.
I’m all over the board with my music. I could just as easily be listening to Slayer or the Treme Brass Band. I happen to be listening to Kyuss as I write this.
I’m an Iowa Hawkeye, love the Cubs, and try to love the Vikings. This is why I work in the beer industry….
I’ve been with BSG for around 5 years now. I’ve been able to do things and meet people I never thought I’d be able to so I’m very grateful to be where I am.