Your name(s): Michael Wells
Your brewery’s name: Eye for an Eye Brewing Co.
Number of years participating in the Festival?
This will be my 6th year participating.
When did you start brewing? What got you brewing? How frequently do you brew?
I started brewing in college. I used to work at the now defunct Power Plant Restaurant & Brewery, where I developed an appreciation for craft beer. While off at college, I happened across a homebrew store, picked up a copy of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, and bought my first starter kit a week later. It’s been all downhill from there!
Describe your brew system.
I brew on a 15 gallon Colorado Brewing Systems electric brew in a bag system.
How did you come up with your brewery’s name? It honestly just came to me. I was driving around running errands, trying to come up with a catchy names and it just kinda popped in my head.
What is your favorite style of beer to brew?
Russian Imperial Stout. I love the smell of the mash, the smell of the boil, and then I really love to drink the finished product!
What was your first beer you ever brewed? Did it turn out? Irish Red. It was drinkable…at best…by college kid standards.
Do you have a homebrew disaster you’d like to share? I’ve found limiting consumption to limit disasters, but I’ve had my share. Forgetting to add hop additions. Killing my yeast by trying to rehydrate in too hot of water. Misjudging the depth of my hot liquor tank and sticking my hand into 170 degree water.
Do you have any homebrew related projects that you’d like to share?
I’m trying to build up a “library” of sour beers for future blending products. But I do have a 5 gallon used bourbon barrel that has a great population of wild yeast and bacteria. Her name is Lulcille, and she puts out a great Flanders Red.
Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that helps make brewing better/easier?
The whole concept of “brew in a bag” makes the whole brewing process easier. You can still make great beers without so much equipment to clean and store.
Have you won any awards/competitions?
I have roughly 75-80 medals, and a long term goal of medaling in every state. Right now I’ve got 23 states down-so almost halfway there! The best prize has definitely been the scale ups! I’ve been fortunate enough to win two scale ups. One at Cinder Block Brewery for my brown ale, and another at Piney River Brewing company for my coffee vanilla imperial stout. Both experiences were amazing and I had the time of my life!!
Anything unique participants at the festival can expect if they come by your booth?
Last year I did a Big Lebowski theme. I had movie themed beer names, and my brother and I dressed up as The Dude and Walter. It was a ton of fun and the people seemed to get a kick out of it. So, we’ll be doing another movie theme to our booth this year.
Do you have any plans to go pro?
As much fun as that would be, it’s expensive to start a brewery! Believe me, I’ve looked. Also, I absolutely love my real job (firefighter). I’m not saying never, but it’d have to be just the right situation that would allow me to keep my day job, and also have some time at home with the family as well.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m excited to pour again! This is my favorite beer festival of the year! I appreciate all the hard work of the KC Nanobrew guys-I know there’s a lot of work that goes in to planning all of this. I’m also glad we’ll be back at Berkley Riverfront Park. It was a perfect setting with plenty of space. Cheers!!