Brewer Q&A: Bob Bowen, Bowigens Beer Company

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Bob Bowen is the owner and head brewer of Bowigens Beer Company, which has a taproom in Casselberry and a 27-seat indoor/outdoor bar at Marketplace in Avalon Park that will feature over 20 craft beers and wine.

An Interview with Head Brewer Bob Bowen

If you could travel anywhere in the world for one week, where would it be? Japan for the cuisine, and Belgium for the beer.

Who had the biggest influence on the way you brew? The passion for brewing came from my cooking background and creating different flavors. My brewing inspirations were Sam Calagione of Dogfish head and Garret Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery.

Where do you source your ingredients? We source locally when possible including the best grains, hops, fruits, etc. from small local growers.

How do you describe your brewing style? We’re all over the place in styles, and we try to stay flexible on scheduling so we can always try new things.

What’s your favorite local brewery other than your own? Tactical Brewing, Deviant Wolfe, Hourglass and Sideward to name just a few, but plenty of great options!

What three things are in your fridge at all times? Beer, mayo and more beer. My go-to beer at home is our 1967 West Coast IPA.

Advice for Up-and-Coming Brewers

If you weren’t a brewer, what would your dream job be? I’m already living the dream!

What advice would you share with brewers who are just starting out? Always keep learning. There’s new research going on constantly and always new things to try and experiment with.

What’s one thing you would change about the Orlando food scene? Craft beer needs to be more of a focus, especially in restaurants. It blows my mind that chefs will painstakingly craft a menu and then try to pair it with a less than stellar beer option.

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