Matt not only managed to turn around his questionnaire within 24-hours, but it (Part One, specifically) was articulate as well. So we're cutting him a little slack for being sassy. Besides, it was probably the funniest Part Two we've read. He makes up for it tomorrow. If you're wondering how the hell a wood cellarman from The Bruery contributes to Part Three, you'll learn soon enough.
Read our interview with Matt Strickland of The Bruery, Part One.
And now, on to Part Two. . . .
When you're not at The Bruery, what are you doing?
I'm still technically in graduate school at Oregon State University, so when I'm not at work I tend to stay at home to work on my Master's thesis [Editor's Note: His thesis is on the effects of Pediococcus (we think?) species on the chemical and sensory characteristics of Oregon Pinot Noir.].
Last song playing on your radio/smart phone/iPod:
My iPod offed itself a week ago, so I don't really remember what the last song was, though I'm almost positive that it wasn't a Vanessa Williams song.
Where did you grow up? If you're not from Orange County, what brought you here?
I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, which is supposedly Music City USA. Though it's hard to hear any music with Garth Brooks songs blaring all over the town.
I knew I wanted to work with barrel-aged and sour beers, but there wasn't a lot of funding for that, so I couldn't get any grants. Two years ago, I was accepted into graduate school at Oregon State University for Wine Microbiology (yes, there is such a thing). I spent a lot of time in the beer lab and got to know the graduate students. Back in February, I had lunch with one of the beer professors, and he placed a call to Tyler. Jay (the barrel program manager at the time) had just put in his notice, so I consider myself pretty lucky to wind up working for The Bruery.
Hardest lesson you've learned:
Stoves tend to be hot.
What's your favorite childhood memory?
The day I finally learned that stoves were hot.
When is your birthday?
Sometime in early March. I apparently share a birthday with Jake Lloyd (who was the kid who played Anakin Skywalker in the cinematic abortion that was The Phantom Menace). Look how proud I am . . .
Are you superstitious?
If I admit to it then I might jinx myself. So, no, I'm not.
What were you up to five years ago?
Working towards finishing my bachelor's and trying my damnedest not to be an adult.
I love Christmas. There's always good food and great drink. Oh, and the family is nice too.
Last movie watched; how was it?
The Immortals on Netflix. And to answer your next question, I don't know why I watched it either.
Do you have any skills that are non-food/drink related?
Nope. If I lose this gig, I'm screwed.
What would you be doing if you weren't in this business?
Wishing I was in this business.
Explain the tattoos.
Hehe. I don't have too many drunken stories with the tattoos. Honestly, the explanation is pretty simple: I spent about 11 years working in the tattoo industry. I had a lot of good friends that were great tattoo artists, and if we had a few slow hours and I was in the mood, I would go up to them and say, “Do whatever you want.”
A lot of tattoo artists get bored doing the same designs and pieces day in and day out, so they would get pretty excited whenever I would give them the chance to run wild for a bit. Most of my tattoos were as much for them as they were for me.