Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Interview with Chas Thompson from Schmohz Brewing

Written by  Ryan Ranspach
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Interview with Chas Thompson from Schmohz Brewing

We chatted with Chas Thompson, head brewer from Schmohz Brewing in Grand Rapids, at the 2012 Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival.
Schmohz was started by a group of old Michigan Tech college buddies. During the long road trips to and from Houghton, they began discussing  the idea of openeing a brewery, and it became a life long dream. Life and time went on, but they never forgot their dream, and after finding an appropriate space and getting their licenses, they opened their doors for business in 2004.

Although some are only seasonal, they feature over 20 beers across just about every style. They pour from a 12 tap system at their brewpub on Patterson, just a mile or so north of 28th Street on the southeast side of Grand Rapids.

In 2009, they upgraded to a new bottling system which dramatically increased their product availability throughout the state. Their minimalist, local, and no-nonsense approach to brewing is refreshing in an industry that can sometimes take itself too seriously. If you're new to Schmohz, try their 'Pail Ale', an American pale ale with a tremendous floral hop finish, or their 'Amber Tease', a very drinkable California amber beer with a subtle bitterness. Check their website for availability and distributor information.

It was good spending a few minutes with Chas. We look forward to Schmohz continuing to grow and expand in the years ahead.