Brewer's Playlist Volume 4: Add Collard of Barley Brown's
In our fourth Brewer's Playlist we interview, Addison "Add" Collard, Assistant Brewer at Barley Brown's in Baker City, 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 Add is available for the public to listen to. Enjoy.
Q. How did you get into craft beer?
A. I was hired as a prep cook in the kitchen at Barley Brown's in 2007. After a few years, the guys gave me a shot at cleaning the old bung side kegs. I came back to do it a second time which Tyler said very few people do. So after that, I was hired at our expansion.
Q. How has music influenced your brewing?
A. The main influence for me is music's ability to keep my mind focused and energized, especially on those longer days.
Q. What type of music do you like to listen to while you brew?
A. Mostly upbeat stuff. Funk, Rock, Hip Hop. Anything to keep pumped up. Lately enjoying the new Gorillaz early release a lot.
Q. Do you listen to a certain type of genre of music?
A. I've recently got into sort of an electro/funk kind of thing. Brasstracks is a must listen for me.
Q. Have you ever brewed a music oriented beer before? If so, please explain what and why?
A. Our founder Tyler Brown had a beer name up his sleeve for quite some time. "Pompatus of Hops" a play on a line from Steve Miller's The Joker. After contemplating the meaning for some time, our head brewer Eli Dickison created a recipe fitting of the name. Pompatus of Hops will be a series of 2x IPAs. Currently out is Volume 1 Side B. Keep an eye out for the next release.
Q. Do you play any instruments?
A. I play guitar/bass, harmonica, drums, and I've been known to sing a bit.
Q. Who is your favorite musician and why?
A. I once went to see Josh Ritter at the Aladdin Theater in Portland. I've always been a big fan of his songwriting. Through some crazy luck, I was able to meet him before the show. He was one of the most genuinely nice people I have ever met.
Q. What was the first concert you went to?
A. My most memorable one was Connor Oberst, Jim James, & M. Ward at the Crystal Ballroom I think in '04. Hearing Jim James perform inspired me to start playing music.
Q. What was the most recent concert you went to?
A. Jurassic 5 and it was unbelievable!
Q. How do you discover new music?
A. I like to check out playlists on Spotify or getting recommendations from the rest of the brew team.
Q. What are your favorite online/offline resources for learning new brewing techniques and ingredients?
A. CBC conferences, MBAA meetings, the brewers association newsletters, and any books that are recommended by other brewers.
Q. What are you excited about coming up at your brewery?
A. Looking forward to our Zitrus Weizen. It's a delicious summertime Hefeweizen with grapefruit juice and zest. Should be out very soon.
Q. Spotify Playlist- Choose 10-20 songs you listen to while you brew?
A. See below