Interview with Craft Beer Drinker: Alex “Prado” Fabiola

I have known Prado for a very long time. I say about 5 years or so. It wasn’t until last year at mine and Ally’s wedding that I found out that he shared the same beer palate as myself and Miguel. When I saw the beer-inspired tattoo and saw him sipping on his Coney Island at my wedding I said “You like craft beer?” With a crazy stare he said, “Hell Yeah!!!” Thanks for your time Prado. Sit back and check out the interview.

CC: What is your favorite craft beer?
Prado: No lies, it’s from a SoCal Brewery, Stone’s Imperial Russian Stout.

CC: How many years have you been drinking micro brews?
Prado: 6, going on 7 years.

CC: What was your first craft beer experience?
Prado: It was a summer day, after finishing up high school. Drinking had become the staple of the everyday activities and it consisted of the average macro brew we deemed “badass” and “delicious.” Haha. We went on a beer run to the local Ralphs with some curiosity that day. I was in a metal band at that time so everything demonic and evil seemed to catch my attention. So of course, Unibroue’s Maudite stuck out. Popped it open, and remember that citrusy notation was the first thing to wake me up from the macro nightmare, then the mouth feel, then of course the big hot alcohol effect that followed which led me to imply “Damn, this shit must be strong!” The rest is history.

CC: Do you homebrew? If YES, what is your favorite type of beer to brew? If NO, is homebrewing something that you would like to do in the future?
Prado: Briefly, first attempt, 5 liters, inadequate temp consistency and overexposure, beer spoilage, never again. I’ll let the pros do their jobs.

CC: If you could have a six-pack of any beer in your fridge, what would it be?
Prado: Sixer of Eye of the Hawk. It pleases every pallet, no matter how picky.

CC: What is your best beer moment/memory?
Prado: Are you serious? I don’t remember that!

CC: Why do you love craft beer?
Prado: Probably the hardest question. I’ve contemplated whether I strive for the complex notation, like the love for different sodas, the tasting experience, the effect of alcohol in general, or the combination of all three. So I concluded that there’s no better compliment to what you feed your palate then craft brew. There’s no comparable culinary experience than a craft brew tasting. And there’s no healthier, more responsible way of getting drunk other than drinking craft brew. So yea, it’s all three.

CC: Why do you prefer craft beer over the Big 2?
Prado: Bud and Miller? I don’t really hate and I don’t tell people that what they drink is bad. To each his own, and for the most part the “Big 2″ supplies to an already satisfied clientele. It would be like telling someone to like orange chicken, not beef and broccoli. Some have tried craft beer a dozen times and remained comfortable with the simplicity in their macro brew, a very respectable opinion. With that said, the reason why I prefer craft brew over the Big 2 is because I found it financially efficient, and healthier. You don’t need a 30-pack when you have a good 12er; and you don’t need an okay 12-pack when you have an awesome 6-pack, so on and so on. So you might spend around the same price, but are buying quality opposed to “quantity”. The whole idea of healthy drinking is quality brewing and not over-consuming. You are more likely to drink “four too many” Bud Lights than Fat Weasel Ale. Not only do you have little to spare, but you only need half as much. You’re talking about a 100% ABV difference!

CC: What is your favorite food/dish?
Prado: Pizza. It goes good with every beer!

CC: What are your hobbies?
Prado: Bike riding, writing music, the occasional dance scene, pool and bar hopping to make it simple.

CC: I see you have the Stone Brewery gargoyle as a tattoo, what drove you to get that?
Prado: It’s more of a sign of overall appreciation. I love Stone and pretty much all they’ve come out with over the years. They really have that SoCal beer attitude and you can taste it in every batch. Their Imperial Russian Stout was the one beer that kept me from buying those cheap pilsners and I would find myself going way out of the way just to buy a 22 oz for the sake of deliciousness. So it was either that tattoo or the one with the Russian hat. I obviously had chosen the more general logo.

CC: I heard about Stand As Giants, tell us about it.
Prado: I’m the guitarist for a Hardcore band called Stand As Giants, together since May of 2010. We, of course, look forward to going on tour and writing. Playing shows in the L.A. area is our business now. We are also looking for a craft brewery endorsement because we all, of course, love craft brew. So I’ll be hitting up a few spots within the next couple months. Check us out: Stand As Giants.

CC: What would you recommend or tell the craft beer noob?
Prado: Essentially, the one thing that makes a beer great is your opinion. It doesn’t matter the rating or talk, and there is no better way of prepping yourself for the longing for great beer than just trying as many as you can. There’s a lot out there so you have a ways ahead of ya, and trust me, that’s a good thing. Cheers.

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