Featured in this Meet the Brewmaster series are three friendly faces from Manyunk Brewing Company. Today we meet the third and final special guest of this series, Donovan Krebs, Assistant Brewer at Manayunk Brewing Company. Check out how Donovan has influenced the brewing process over at MBC and how he got his start in the craft beer industry.
Donovan got started working in the beer industry like many beer lovers do, interning at a brewery. He interned at Nodding Head Brewery, to be specific, and worked in the brewery there, for free, two days a week for nearly six months. As the sixth month approached Donovan decided to reach out to Evan Fritz to see if there were any openings at Manayunk Brewing Company. Luckily there were and Donovan began working with MBC in May 2014. Leading up to then, and to this day, he also enjoys home brewing to work on new recipes. Read on to learn more about Donovan and all he’s done for Manayunk’s beer. Don’t forget, if you’re in the Manayunk area, stop in for a free tour of their brewery and try out some of the crews’ favorite brews.
Name: Donovan Krebs
Title: Assistant Brewer
Favorite MBC Brew: Monk from the ‘Yunk. It has always been my favorite since I started working at the brewery. I really like Belgian triples and I think ours is the best one I’ve ever had.
What was the first role you had with Manayunk Brewing Company?
DK: When I joined MBC in May 2014 I started as the cellar man/delivery driver. I worked both of those jobs for a little over a year and then was promoted to assistant brewer.
How does a typical day at the brewery look for you?
DK: There is never a boring day at the brewery. My main responsibility is to brew the beer. I also clean fermenters and brite tanks. We have our own canning line at the brewery as well so we package a lot of our beer in cans. We’ll usually run the canning line once or twice a week.
What do you love most about your job?
DK: What I love most about my jobs is being able to come to work everyday and work with my best friends. We are a little family in the brewery. It’s really nice to wake up and be excited about coming to work!
Currently, what is your favorite style of beer?
DK: I’m like most people at the moment; I’m really into IPAs. But it always changes.
Is there a beer you haven’t brewed yet that you want to try?
DK: We haven’t done a lot of lagers. I would really like to brew more of those if we can find time in our busy schedule.
In your opinion, what has been your biggest brewing success since working in this industry?
DK: My biggest brewing success is getting hired at MBC. Evan gave me a chance and is teaching me everything he knows, I am very grateful for that.
Here’s a tough question – If you couldn’t drink MBC beer, whose beer would you drink and why?
DK: If I couldn’t drink our beer I would drink Blind Pig by Russian River Brewing. It’s one of my favorite beers and I can usually only find it once or twice a year in Philly. Blind Pig all the way!
As you know, there are so many styles of beer available to try. For those craft beer lovers who have skeptics at home, what would you recommend as a gateway beer?
DK: I think a good gateway beer would be anything that isn’t too hoppy. Probably a Pilsner would be best. Most people who are drinking Miller Lite are already drinking a Pilsner so it would be a good start.
Photo courtesy of Manayunk Brewing Company.