Brewer's Playlist Volume 10: Shannon Mosley Of Hi Five Cider
In our tenth Brewer's Playlist we interview, Shannon Mosley, Owner and Head Cider Maker at Hi Five Cider in Portland, Oregon. This column explores how music influences brewers in their quest to produce unique and delicious beers and now ciders. At the end of the interview, a curated Spotify Playlist from Shannon is available for the public to listen to. Enjoy.
Q. How did you get into craft beer?
A. When I was a kid living in upstate New York, my family would get together and have hard cider making parties. Then as an adult, I got into traditional English ciders. My husband really wanted to try homebrewing so we got all the equipment and hung out with a friend and his wife. She would make cider so I got some tips from her then went home and tried it myself. After a few batches, I started giving it to friends, then they started asking me to make it for parties. I did this for a few years then decided to start my own cider company.
Q. How has music influenced your brewing?
A. Music gives me energy, to dance and sing along. I forget that I’m alone while working. While my music is playing I get inspiration for recipes, or how to improve a cider that is almost done.
Q. What type of music do you like to listen to while you brew?
Depeche Mode: Walking In My Shoes
The Birthday Massacre: Shallow Grave
Pearl Jam: Black
deadmou5: One Trick Pony
Logic: The Incredible True Story (listen to the full album)
Porcupine Tree: Trains
VNV Nation: Darkangel
Q. Do you listen to a certain type of genre of music?
A. I listen to a wide range of music, but in the cidery, I like to keep the bpm up. So I will listen to Goth/Industrial, 90’s rock, Rap, House, Nu Metal, and Dark Wave.
Q. Have you ever brewed a music oriented cider before? If so, please explain what and why?
A. I have not, but that sounds like a fun idea I might try.
Q. Do you play any instruments?
A. In middle and high school I played: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, and Bass Guitar
Q. Who is your favorite musician and why?
A. Tori Amos, her haunting lyrics, and piano playing have gotten me through a lot.
Q. What was the first concert you went to?
A. They Might Be Giants
Q. What was the most recent concert you went to?
A. Depeche Mode
Q. How do you discover new music?
A. From friends, mainly. Then I will also listen to the radio stations on apple or amazon stations.
Q. What are your favorite online/offline resources for learning new brewing techniques and ingredients?
A. The brewing and cider community in Portland is the best offline resource you could ask for.
Q. What are you excited about coming up at your cidery?
A. We are working on our expansion out of the basement!!
Q. Spotify Playlist- Choose 10-20 songs you listen to while you brew?
See the complete list below: