Interview with Craft Beer Drinker: Tatiana Peavey of

Back in 2010 my cousin and I stumbled up a cool little site called I don’t remember exactly how we ran across it, but we did. I remember reading the posts and thinking “Man, this girl is a genius.” Her posts really spoke her mind. She not only spoke of the craft beer community in a whole, she also wrote about the politics that had to do with it. Long story short, since then I have been trying to get a hold of Tatiana Peavey for an interview and finally, I locked her in. I approached her through email, explained California Castaway’s reason for the email and she did not hesitate to say “Yes” to the interview. So without further a-brew, Let us begin…

CC: What is your favorite craft beer?
Tatiana: That’s always been a difficult question to answer. I have favorite styles, currently I’m crushing on quads, but I’m always in love with a good low abv stout or a perfectly crafted dark lager.

CC: How many years have you been drinking craft brews?
Tatiana: Since I can remember. I grew up in Fort Bragg in Mendocino County CA, home of North Coast Brewing Co. My parents always had beer in the fridge, and I’d get a sip now and then for fetching one from the fridge. (That’s what children are for, right?)

CC: What was your first craft beer experience?
Tatiana: The first one I remember was sipping an Anchor Steam and eating pizza as a child I thought it was nasty–I’ll be honest. My first actual beer revelation came to me in high school; My friends and I would pool together money and have one of the hippies in town to buy us beer during lunch then later split a couple 12packs of Mendocino Eye of the Hawk or NCBC Scrimshaw and call it a day at the beach. It was days like that that gave me not only an emotional connection to craft beer but flavors that you just don’t get with a loveless, passionless macro brew.

CC: So you homebrew huh?
Tatiana: Yes, I homebrew! It’s a bloody thankless task though. I’m a great cook, I’m an amazing bartender I have a pallet like the nose of a wolf so when a brew doesn’t come out perfect I’m heartbroken and toss the whole thing out. I will also say thought that I do have a talent for wine making and distilling. I’ve been making wine’s and ciders with my family since 1994 and back in October my father gave me an early Christmas present of an Al-alembic still. I have been experimenting with it and haven’t gone blind yet!–Success!

CC: If you could have a six-pack of any beer in your fridge, what would it be?
Tatiana: I always have a 6-er of Scrimshaw on hand at all times but if I could have ANY beer I would somehow convince Southern Tier to make a 6-pack of their Crème Brulee and send it to my fridge :D I love that beer!

CC: What is your best beer moment/memory?
Tatiana: In recent memory I will have to say it would be the first Beer Bloggers Conference in Boulder. First of all, it was my first conference of any kind, I was only 22. I didn’t know any one and BAM I’m suddenly in the middle of this craft beer madness. It was a sea of like-minded people who were there for a common cause. We were provided some amazing rare beers and exposed to many beers not available in California. I had a great time and met people who I know I’ll be friends with for the rest of my life.

CC: Why do you love craft beer?
Tatiana: Simple answer: No one has come out with anything better. Long answer: I have written volumes detailing (craft) beer’s place in culture and society and think it represents the very best of what is important about the human experience.

CC: Do you prefer craft beer over the Big 2? If so, why?
Tatiana: Duh! Their business practices make me sick, their demographic is the lowest common denominator and their advertising is just as tasteless as their beer. Furthermore, they undermine the ability of our country to continue as a world leader—similar to how the U.S. Automotive industry stumbled at the turn of this last century.

CC: What is your favorite food/dish?
Tatiana: I LOVE sushi and pizza. Maybe not together but I wouldn’t say no.

CC: What are your hobbies?
Tatiana: Right now, playing Elder Scrolls: Skyrim has pretty much killed my social life but this is a rare occasion that I’m taken prisoner by such things. I’m an avid sailor and have a varsity letter in the sport. I’m also a licensed sound engineer and enjoy doing my own musical side projects. Like many others I love hiking, fort-building, and late night shenanigans with friends.

CC: In case some of our readers haven’t heard of, tell us about it?
Tatiana: FugglyBrew has been evolving in many different ways. I never wanted to focus on reviewing beers. Coming from the music business, I have learned how easily one person’s opinion can ruin an entire project and I refuse to partake in such subjective matters. Mostly, I try to review locations and experiences be it at restaurants or breweries and I like to discuss the politics surrounding craft beer. It’s a great place for the uninitiated to scope out the issues surrounding craft beer and form their own opinions.

CC: What has been your experience being a part of the craft beer community?
Tatiana: So far it’s been wonderful. As with anything, you have your jerks but for the most part I love the community. Aside from craft beer I’ve found many of us have similar interests, from music to activities to technology. It’s a great community and I’m very lucky to be so involved.

CC: What would you recommend or tell the craft beer noob?
Tatiana: I have always been a bit of a hedonist and I think that attitude has carried me a long way. I will try almost anything twice. My advice is to constantly be trying new things and don’t be so easy to turn your nose up just because of hearsay. Obviously not all craft beer is for everyone, but if so many cool people like something we would hate for the curious beginner to miss out on anything!

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