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Bauhaus Welcomes a New Brewer into the Family

Mar 04, 2015 – 0 Comments

It's already been a month, but we are very happy to welcome Dave Manthei to our production side as Matt's assistant brewer. He's luckily well versed in our equipment and has jumped in head first since day one. Here's a little Q&A we did with him to get you all more acquainted.

Dave is a Mora, Minnesota native that grew his brewing roots across the world in New Zealand. Now that he's back, we are absolutely stoked to have him join the Bauhaus family (especially to help make Matt's life a bit easier).

When did you first know you wanted to make the transition from beer lover to beer maker?
When the increasing drudgery of working in my particular field of IT cast a gray cloud over my life, and I longed for something more.

What did you do before you became a full time brewer?
Apple-centric IT support for K-12 education, which really meant I wore about fifteen different "hats" on any given workday.

What's your favorite step of the brewing process?
Fermentation. I love making an insane number of tiny things work for me, ceaselessly.

Your first gig as a brewer was in New Zealand. What was the name of the brewery, and what kind of beer did they specialize in?
Cassels and Sons, in Christchurch. We had a pretty huge range of standard offerings without an overall focus, other than making great beer. That said, our cask ales were a distinct point of pride.

Now that you're back, what do miss about living in NZ? Also, while there, what did you miss about Minnesota?
Man, this is probably the hardest question to answer, at least succinctly. Simply, NZ is rich in an abundance of glorious experiences, and I acquired a massive "family" who I miss quite a bit. On the reverse side, while in NZ I missed Mexican food and hot wings.

What's your verdict on marmite or vegemite?
Throw them both into the sun.

Aside from making beer, what talent would you most like to have?
The ability to transport music from my head into a shareable form.

If you could have an entrance song any time you arrived somewhere, what would it be?
It's a toss-up between "The Boys are Back in Town" and the theme song from the X-men animated series.

What other hobbies/passions do you have besides making beer?
Film-making, soldering electronics, wasting countless hours online… mainly nerd stuff.

What's the funniest thing that's happened to you lately?
My wife and I are dog-sitting for my parents and the dog ate a bunch of turds.

What's your verdict on marmite or vegemite?
OMG, I already told you. Get out of here with that garbage.

Favorite beers?
Bell's Two-Hearted, St. Boniface's Pale Ale, Vedett Extra White… I've been out of the country so long that I feel like I've got a lot of catching up to do.

Favorite Bauhaus Beer?
Probably Wonderstuff, but I cycle through all of 'em pretty regularly and they all hit the spot.