What questions should we ask Clown Shoes Beer? (@ClownShoesBeer)

Gregg Berman, the founder of Clown Shoes Beer, has been kind enough to let Craft Beer Social harass him with a few interview questions.  Gregg adds, “ask me whatever you like!” which means we have an open slate.

Clown Shoes Beer, out of Lexington, MA, has exploded on the scene.  Started just over a year ago (December 2009) they’ve seen an amazing response to their beers. Their beers, in fact, have an average rating of “A-“ on BA with nearly 300 reviews.

…So, what should we ask him?  Leave your geeky questions in the comments section below and we’ll aggregate the questions.






0 comments on “What questions should we ask Clown Shoes Beer? (@ClownShoesBeer)

  1. Ask them, "Why Clown Shoes?!" I’m sure they have a great reason, and a fun story, but it’s immediately off-putting to me.

  2. Clown Shoes? Very long story, but to condense it a group of us submitted the name to the Beer Advocate contest that resulted in The Wrath of Pecant. Our submission didn’t crack the top 5. This burned me up inside. While driving one day the epiphany came: I could make my own Clown Shoes beer. In no way did I expect to create a brand, figuring it would be one batch of beer for fun and then done. But folks are digging the brews and a group of us are having a great time. Clown Shoes has come to mean a lot to me on a lot of levels. Clowns are questionable but the shoes make me laugh. They remind me about humility and to find humor in life. Our mission now is to produce beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy. We hope you enjoy the beers and this site.

  3. Posterous seems to be concatenating my response but what I wrote in the comment above is Gregg’s response to the name on his ‘About’ page. I’ve heard similar thoughts to the name, too.

  4. Some questions that come to mind:1. Do you still consider The Boston Beer Company a craft brewer, or have they outgrown that designation? (I’m referring to the spirit of the term, not the technical definition)2. What’s your reaction when you see a craft brewer gobbled up by an industry giant? Is this something you could ever see happening with Clown Shoes?3. What’s the strangest ingredient you’ve tried brewing with, and what was the result?

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