Brewer's Playlist Volume 3: Rik Hall of Baerlic Brewing

Brewer's Playlist Volume 3: Rik Hall of Baerlic Brewing

In our third Brewer's Playlist we interview Rik Hall, Co-Owner, and Co-Brewer at Baerlic Brewing in Portland, Oregon. This column explores how music influences brewers in their quest to produce unique and delicious beers. At the end of the interview, a curated Spotify Playlist from Rik is available for the public to listen to. Enjoy.

Q. How did you get into craft beer? 

A. My old boss encouraged me to sign up for the Old Chicago Beer Tour

Q. How has music influenced your brewing?

A. I have always liked listening to music. I would let my mind wonder too much if it weren't for music. It helps me focus on brewing and energizes me during cleanup at the end of the day.

Q. What type of music do you like to listen to while you brew?

A. Mostly punk rock, but we like to mix it up with classic rock, metal, hip hop, and some pop. Anything with some positive energy.

Q. Do you listen to a certain type of genre of music?  

A. All sorts, mostly punk rock

Q. Have you ever brewed a music oriented beer before? If so, please explain what and why?

A. No

Image of Rik Hall and provided by Mr. Hall.

Image of Rik Hall and provided by Mr. Hall.

Q. Do you play any instruments? 

A. No

Q. Who is your favorite musician and why? 

A. Don't have one

Q. What was the first concert you went to?

A. Fugazi 1995

Q. What was the most recent concert you went to?

A. Malt Ball

Q. How do you discover new music? 

A. Usually look up bands that I have liked and branch out from their similar artist suggestions. Or friends.

Q. What are your favorite online/offline resources for learning new brewing techniques and ingredients? 

A. Books, other brewers, trying to figure it out on my own.

Q. What are you excited about coming up at your brewery? 

A. Working with the Oregon Environmental Council on making a carbon reduced beer with our Bike Crush event.

Q. Spotify Playlist- Choose 10-20 songs you listen to while you brew?

A. See below

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