As a Beer Blogger, I spend a lot of time in my own world. In this Beer Interview series, I spent time getting varying perspectives on the world of Craft Beer from others in the beer industry.
What can I say… Tatiana Peavey is awesome, crazy, hilarious, and one of the biggest Craft Beer advocate’s & geeks I know. We met at the first Beer Bloggers Conference (way back in 2010), and ever since, she has been a positive influence in my life. In addition to her current work at Tap Hunter, Tatiana always seems to be pursuing multiple venture’s in the industry, and all of them contribute greatly to its enjoyment and success.
Tell me about yourself
My name is Tatiana; I love craft beer. I work for an awesome company called TapHunter that is helping craft beer businesses across the country get organized and have the best craft beer program possible. I’m a blogger for a couple awesome blogs: my own, FugglyBrew.com, BeerMixology.com, and of course the GetTapHunter.com Blog.
What is your preferred craft beer style? Why?
My favorite beer categories have to be stouts, quads and artisan lagers. I love the way each of these showcase the harmony between the yeast and the grains–each one different, each one well defined.
How did you get into craft beer?
My parents loved craft beer and it rubbed off, mostly. I did grow up just down the street from North Coast Brewing Company, as well as being near to the awesome guys down at Anderson Valley Brewing Company, and it was always a part of daily life in some way. In high school the hippies who did the occasional shopping for us always came back with craft beer as well so that’s what we drank!
What made you choose your blog’s name?
My initial thoughts were gender neutrality, maybe even slightly masculine. My logo includes a silver goat in a red and black scheme. For those of your who know me also know my microblogging handle of Goats_Udder– all these things I was hoping to hint to my love of metal and the culture surrounding the music.
What’s up with the goat?
There’s a few things at play here, and believe it or not goats are not my most favorite animal (penguins have my heart there.) I’m a big fan of mythology and a couple stories come into play with the goat. In Norse mythology there is a goat that lives in Valhalla (the afterlife for the fallen hero’s) and her name is Heidrun. Heidrun is no ordinary goat though, she is the party keg of goats as described in a translation of the Poetic Edda:
Heithrún, the goaton the hall that stands,eateth off Læráth’s limbs;the crocks she fillswith clearest mead,will that drink not e’er be drained.
Secondly, and piqued by Aleister Crowley’s talks of Baphomet, I was enchanted by the imagery of the “Sabbatic Goat” or the “Goat of Mendes” or what have you and how these concepts played into modern day LaVeyan Satanism and portrayed through music in the last 50 years.
I know I have completely gone off track here–I do suppose that I was always on track to be writing about both beer and music. Previously I felt the need to focus on just beer but brave men like the boys of Black Metal and Brews, and Brewtal Truth have taught me to embrace my love for metal and good beer.
I have started my own music blog quite recently since my expertise goes beyond that of music reviews but also tech reviews and that can be found at Melodeux.com.
What is your favorite beer / food pairing?
I hate to do this to you guys, but there’s nothing better than beer and pizza. I mean, there’s sake and sushi and that’s right up there, but beer and pizza is tops. You can have a Gorgonzola pizza with caramelized onions and apples and pair it with a strong crisp IPA, or you can have your pepperoni and mozzarella paired with a pale ale or a golden! I would keep going but I’m making myself hungry.
What sort of challenges have you overcome in doing what you do?
Doing what I do? Shit, waking up in the morning is a challenge. But honestly keeping my blogs up to date is my biggest challenge. Working in the industry I am always going to new restaurants, trying new pairings, learning about the politics that surrounds alcohol and that’s just my daily experience. I have plenty to write about with no excuse. My Instagram and my twitter stay alive and are updated daily.
Based on what you originally envisioned for your blog, how have things changed? Why?
The starry eyed 21 year old that started wanted to write beer reviews and cook. The same starry eyed 25 year old you see here hasn’t changed much but now she knows far more than she ever wanted to about the industry and the product. With the knowledge I have gained I still hope to write about amazing foods to pair and make with beer but with more politics thrown in to create awareness of the issues surrounding our beloved beverage. Oh, and of course more music!
Do you home brew? If so, how often?
Yes, I have home-brewed. I homebrew about once a year.
What’s your favorite style to brew?
I love stouts and ciders! They’re fun for the whole family!
Should you age craft beer?
Like wine or cheese, many styles of beer just get better with age, but you have to be careful and know what you are doing. Learn how to properly cellar your beer for a really amazing experience.
In next week’s installment of my Beer Interview Series, you’ll meet Darryl Levi of The Beer Dolt.