Brewer Erik Greiner has been with Resurgence Brewing since the very beginning, and can usually be found hanging out at the end of the bar when he’s not in the brewhouse. We caught up with Erik on some of his history, his favorite beers and ingredients, and his illustrious start in the biz.
RBC: How did you first get started brewing?
Erik Greiner: It all started on a cold night. We were 45 crows past the wind, sailing on the Hanjo through the Southern Pacific. Casualties were at an all-time low but morale seemed to be even lower…oh wrong story. I started homebrewing with my buddy back in college, which sparked a real interest in the whole science behind everything, as well as the desire to make really good beer. The first batch came out awful, which made me even more interested to learn as much as I could so I would never have to make or drink anything like that again.
RBC: What was the first beer you ever brewed?
EG: The first beer I ever brewed was an all-extract kit for a pale ale. It ended up not being quite pale, or very much an ale either.
RBC: How did you get involved at RBC initially?
The way I got involved in RBC was very lucky actually. I was just finishing up my final semester at Niagara College and it was kind of a “right place, right time” sort of thing. They were finishing up the construction on the building and just putting on the finishing touches when I had my first interview with [head brewer] Dave. My second interview is when I met Jeff [the owner] and the rest is history.
RBC: Do you have a favorite ingredient to work with right now?
EG: At the moment, I don’t really have a favorite ingredient because there are so many coming out every year. One of the hops that I really like to use while brewing is El Dorado.
RBC: What’s your favorite style to brew or drink?
EG: My favorite style of beer to drink is IPAs. They just taste great after a long day of work.
RBC: If you could only drink one beer on RBC’s list for the rest of the year, which one would it be?
EG: It would have to the the Resurgence IPA. It is my go-to every time I can’t make a decision on the 15 beers we usually have on.
RBC: Are there any beers coming up that you’re excited about?
EG: The Citmo has the be the one I am most excited about. The fact that it is coming out in cans too just makes it that much better.
RBC: Do you have any advice for people trying RBC for the first time?
EG: Come in with an open mind and a thirsty attitude and you will not be disappointed. We usually have crazy beers on like kettle sours for the experienced craft drinker and lagers for the not so well-versed.
RBC: What’s your favorite part of working at RBC?
EG: The best part of working here at RBC is the people, for sure. The beer isn’t bad either!