Editorial intern Lauren Oakley interviews writer Ian Dille about his July story on Texas microbreweries and discovers he’s a pretty hoppy fellow.
Do you prefer light or dark beer?
It depends on what type of mood I am in. When it’s 100 degrees-plus outside and you are mowing the lawn, light beer is nice. At dinner, I usually drink a darker beer.
What types of foods bring out the flavor in beer?
Well, I am usually not paying attention to my food when I am drinking beer. Barbecue and hamburgers are typically the foods I eat with beer. There is actually a lot of literature and research behind combining different foods with different beers and how that affects the taste, but I don’t know the specifics.
If you could only have one last beer, what would it be?
Wow, that’s a hard question and something I don’t want to have to think about! Shiner would be my last beer, I think. I don’t think it’s the absolute best beer Texas has to offer, but it’s so representative of Texas and symbolizes the state in so many ways.
What type of beer would you drink at a sporting event?
A cheap beer. If I were watching a football game with friends, I would drink Lone Star. Fireman’s #4 blonde ale (made by Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco) is a good beer to drink while watching football. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood in front of the beer aisle in the store and pondered on what beer I need to buy for a particular party. It’s always a tough decision for me.
Have you ever tried brewing your own beer?
I have not made my own beer. I have not taken that step yet. It will be on my list of future endeavors.
Anything else you’d like to add about your experience?
I am thankful to the breweries for the excellent beer and wonderful tours. I hope that my article will inspire more Texans to drink and support Texas breweries.