Since Earlybird Brewing Company doesn't have a tasting room, we're especially excited to be hosting them to offer ticket holders an exclusive experience to try several of their brews! In the meantime, you can find their beers on tap around town at places like The Butcher and Brewer or The Cleveland Flea. Located on the near west side of Cleveland, they're known for the sours, like the Cleveland Common Sour Ale. Read on for a Q&A with Pedro, who started the whole operation.
Who are you and what is your role at the brewery?
I am Pedro Sarsama and my role at Earlybird is Head Thing-Doer. I handle nearly everything, except graphic design and keeping the books.
What is the name of your brewery and how did it come about?
The name Earlybird came up because, like many brewers, I am a giant nerd. There's a species of dinosaur called archaeopteryx, and it was the transitional species between reptile and bird. Archaeopteryx is Greek for "ancient bird" and through some drinking and transmogrification, I ended up at Earlybird for a brewery name.
What is your favorite thing in your brewery?
One of my favorite things in the brewery is my mash paddle. Now, every brewer has a mash paddle. They're not terribly interesting pieces of brewery equipment. But a very dear friend handmade mine and he branded the Earlybird logo and wordmark onto it. It's nice having a utilitarian, everyday reminder of the support of my friends and family. And it looks good!
What is your most recent milestone?
The most recent milestone for the brewery is buying a bottle filler. It's a five bottle gravity fed unit intended for packaging still (uncarbonated) beer which works for me because the kind of beer I focus on is generally intended to be bottle conditioned and can be cellared for years. Our only bottle release so far was in January. It was such a pain to fill each bottle by hand that we haven't done any releases since, but having the bottle filler puts us in a place to do larger and more frequent runs of bottles.
What is your next major goal for the brewery?
My next major goal for the brewery is related to the most recent milestone. I want to start having monthly bottle releases of special brews and also to keep some of our year-round offerings in bottles regularly. Beyond that, getting my own tasting room would be amazing.
Bear vs. Shark who would win and why?
Does the shark have a laser? Does the bear have a rocket? There are so many variables that could come into play here. If it's a polar bear, it could be a bit of a toss up. If it's a brown bear, definitely the shark.
Drink of choice? (this doesn't have to be one of your beers but it can be)
Mineral water, preferably Borsec brand because it's cheaper than the unnecessarily expensive brands. Crisp, bubbly, refreshing. But if you want to know my alcoholic beverage preference, probably a nice dry cava blanc.