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Artist Interview

Sam Dibble of New City Brewery

November 10, 2015

It's fall in New England, arguably the best time of year in the best place in the world. And what better way to toast the season of perfection than raising a glass of locally brewed beer, ginger or pale or hoppy or stout, with great friends on the weekend. Meet Sam Dibble, master brewer behind New City Brewery, home of the resurrected Ginger Beer, and the perfect lager-maker to invite to our party on Friday, November 13th, from 6-8pm. Cheers!

What’s your go-to toast when you raise a glass?
There are so many good ones!  One I found and memorized recently is a little longer, but pretty rad:  “Here’s to cheating, stealing, fighting, and drinking.  If you cheat, may you cheat death, if you steal, may you steal a woman’s heart, if you fight, may it be for a friend, and when you drink, may you drink with me!”

If New City Ginger Beer was a lady, what would she wear on a first date?
Something elegant.  Nothing too revealing, the kind of outfit that makes you want to take it off later, slowly, piece by piece.

If you were a beer, what would you be called? Describe your flavor notes.
Scandinavian Blond Ale.  Strong, complex, pleasantly and irreverently bitter.

If you had to name your first born after one of your current brews, what would he/she be called?

What’s the best bar in the world?
The taproom bar at New City Brewery, of course!

Favorite drinking partner?
My wife.

Favorite drinking song?
Shipping up to Boston by Dropkick Murphy’s.

When you own a brewery, people must “offer” many suggestions about what you should brew next. What’s the worst/most interesting one you’ve received?
The worst is when people say, “What do you have that’s like Bud Light?”  The most interesting suggestions come from home brewers and people from other segments of the beverage industry.  Incorporating coffee, chocolate, fruit, herbs, spices, etc.  I have a small pilot system so I’m constantly trying new things.

When you’re not a’brewing, what are you doing?
I love gardening, forestry, and I’ve been a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner for 7 years.

What is the best food pairing with your Ginger Beer?
It is very versatile and goes great with a wide range of foods.  I guess my favorite pairing would have to be with barbecue.  The crisp, refreshing, subtly spicy and tart flavors of the Ginger Beer play really nicely with the smoky, spicy, rich flavors of anything grilled or smoked.