Episode 43: Developing new beers with Ballast Point’s Aaron Justus and Chris Takecuchi

Aaron Justus, Ballast Point’s director of research and development, and Chris Takecuchi, R&D Brewer, join us to talk about the California-based brewery, the Brothers Gus release, how R&D works at a brewery, Ballast Point’s history, how they got into the industry and more.

SHOW NOTES:

Aaron Justus, Ballast Point’s director of research and development, and Chris Takecuchi, R&D Brewer for Ballast Point, join us at the 1-minute mark.

  • ONE TOUGH QUESTION: What’s your favorite snack food?
  • What is an R&D Brewer? (4 min mark/ 6:15 mark good clip)
  • Is it more than just drinking beer all day?
  • The Brothers Gus, Let’s talk the Wee Gus
  • Why try to make a clear beer this way?
  • How do you guys come up with new beers? And do you literally do 150 different recipes at the R&D facility?
  • How long can it take a beer to go from idea to market?
  • What’s the feeling when one final hits the taps or even the stores?
  • Let’s talk and try the other brother, Big Gus
  • Why go away from the haze craze?
  • What’s it like working for Ballast Point, celebrating 25 years and started from home brewers in San Diego? (37 mark)
  • How did you all get into brewing?
  • What’s next for Ballast Point?

Published by Jonathan Greene

Jonathan Greene is the host of the Hops & Spirits Podcast. Jonathan loves craft beer, whiskey and telling great stories.

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