DRINK WITH THE WENCH PRESENTS:
The Beer Blogger Interview Series
Curious what goes on in the minds of your favorite beer bloggers? Well, The Beer Wench is and she has embarked upon a mission to interview as many beer bloggers that she can — from all over the world. Are you a beer blogger? Do you want to share your story? Send me an email!
INTRODUCING: TIM CIGELSKE
AUTHOR OF: THE BEER RUNNER
Beer Blogger Interview
1. Where did you grow up?
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
2. What sports if any did you play growing up, through college and beyond?
Running, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, cycling and flippy cup
3. How old were you when you had your first beer?
Five, I think.
4. If you can recall, what is the story of your first beer? Where did you have it? What style and brand was it?
My dad let me try a little bit of his beer at a family party. I think it may have been Pabst Blue Ribbon, and I thought it was terrible.
5. Where, if applicable, did you go to college? What did you study? What additional activities, organizations, sports did you partake in during college?
I went to Marquette University to study journalism. Pretty much did a lot of writing, interning for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Associated Press while I was there. I was part of an intramural 3-on-3 basketball league championship team. Still got the t-shirt from that.
Craft Beer Epiphany
Every craft beer enthusiast has at least one pinnacle craft beer experience that completely changes ones perspective on beer. I refer to this mind-blowing moment as a “craft beer epiphany.”
1. What was your first craft beer epiphany? Recall as many details about it as you can:
Not really sure I can pinpoint it to a single instance. What I really enjoyed — and still enjoy — about craft beer is how much it can constantly teach you, about taste, history, culture, science, marketing, community, etc etc.
2. Have you have additional craft beer epiphanies since the first? Detail as many of them as you wish:
Definitely going to Savor in Washington D.C. after a long day of hiking and realizing beer pairs really well with a wide variety of foods. My friends and I felt like we were in heaven.
Beer Blog Background
1. How long have you been writing your beer blog?
Since October 2008
2. What inspired you to start writing your blog?
No one (that I knew of) was writing about people who take both craft beer and a healthy, active lifestyle very seriously. Some of the biggest beer fans are know are hardcore triathletes, marathoners, hikers, cyclists, etc. I think because both people who are into these types of sports and craft beer are adventures — it’s the same personality type. What I didn’t know was how many people fit into this category. I’ve been blown away at the number of beer runners from every sport that have been featured on the blog.
3. Why did you chose the name of your blog?
I came up with it, not surprisingly, during a run. (A State Park in Maine, to be exact.)
4. What are you personal goals for your blog? What do you hope to achieve with it?
First and foremost, I want to give voice to a group of beer lovers and athletes who don’t really have a place devoted to their dual interests quite so specifically. And through these experiences, I’d like to teach myself and others about the cool new beers and adventures that these people are constantly uncovering.
5. What is one of the coolest things that happened to you as a result of being a beer blogger?
The cool people you’re constantly meeting, both online and in person at places like the Great American Beer Fest (where I finally met The Beer Wench!) I’ve always said there’s no community quite like a community of runners, and now I’ve found another community just like it.
6. What are you top 3 favorite beer blogs/beer websites?
Can I be biased? I have to say No. 1 my parent site, Draftmag.com.
The name says it all with BEER N BIKES.
I’m a big fan of Chipper Dave at Fermentedly Challenged.
And of course, the Beer Wench is awesome for a variety of reasons, and you’re giving me my first interview about The Beer Runner
1. What are your top 3 favorite beer styles?
IPAs, Belgian trippels, stouts
2. What are your top 3 favorite breweries?
Sprecher, Dogfish Head, New Glarus
3. If you could work with or for any one brewery, which one would it be and why?
I once spent a night shift working with a Lakefront Brewery worker for an article I was writing, and it was a fun experience. I’m not sure you can go wrong with working with any brewer. But I’d have to go with Dogfish Head, the most adventurist brewery out there.
4. Are you a homebrewer? If yes, what is the most unique and interesting beer recipes you’ve brewed as a homebrewer?
No, I’m sure I’d screw it up something fierce.
5. What is your favorite beer and food pairing?
Honestly, tacos and Schlitz and/or PBR.
The Personal Side
1. What is your current day job?
I do the social media marketing for a private university.
2. If you could change your career at this very moment, without any restrictions on what you could do, what would you want to do and why?
Exactly what I’m doing right now. It’s super fun.
3. Are you married? Children?
Jess and I have been married for a bit over three years now, and we’re expecting our first baby (other than our beagle) in early May. Craziness.
4. Outside of beer and writing, what are some of your other hobbies?
Other than running and biking? I’m taking business classes and I read a lot of Chuck Klosterman books and articles.
Off The Beaten Path
1. If you were a style of beer, what style would be an why?
Probably an Oktoberfest, thanks to my German heritage.
2. You were caught smuggling beer illegally, which has now been made punishable by death. Right before you are sent to the executioner, you are offered one last beer. What beer would you chose and why?
Wow. Probably something from Sprecher, both because they have incredible beer, and it would remind me of home.
3. If I contracted you to brew a beer (or design a beer recipe) called “The Beer Wench” — what style would you chose and what, if any, extra ingredients would you add?
Imperial IPA, with extra hops
4. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
People tend to usually go for the obvious superhero, like Superman. But I wouldn’t want to be Superman. Way too much responsibility. I’d like to be the Flash. You get to be super fast, without the crushing burden of society’s expectations on you.
5. What is one of the craziest things you have ever done and lived to tell the story?
I fell down a mountain (well, about 20 feet or so down a mountain) and had to be airlifted by a helicopter off the continental divide in Montana. I suffered a pretty bad concussion and had to get some stitches, but otherwise walked away OK.
6. What are your thoughts on bacon?
It’s been around for a long time, but for some reason bacon seems to be getting a lot of hype right now. I think bacon sculptures takes it a bit too far, but you can’t go wrong with eating the stuff. I’m a fan.
SPECIAL THANKS TO TIM FOR AN AWESOME INTERVIEW!