Ohio Brewery News
Friday Six Pack with Megan Perry, 60cc Brewing
Every Friday, we ask an Ohio craft brewery owner or employee to answer six questions about their path to the brewing industry, what sets their brewery apart and their thoughts on craft beer in Ohio.
Today we’ll chat with Megan Perry, owner and brewer at 60cc Brewing in Toledo.
What made you decide to get into the craft brewing industry?
My husband and I started brewing at home and made more beer than we could drink, so we started giving it away to friends. We found out that we made really good beer. We decided after several years to jump in.
Which of your beers do your customers enjoy the most and why?
I am fairly new so my trends are all over the place because everything is new at this point. My jalapeño red, Commin in HOT, got really good reviews: it was packed with jalapeño flavor, no heat and a bit of sweetness. My black IPA, Keeping the Rubber to the Road, has also been a crowd favorite: it has a really nice balance of roastiness and hoppiness. There is also Drago Russian imperial stout: it is a very smooth and easy drinking stout that will sneak up on you if you are not careful.
If you could make one beer you brew – or a beer style – immensely popular overnight, what would it be?
I think I would make the black IPA much more popular. A really good black IPA has to have that perfect balance of roasty and hoppy, where one doesn’t over power the other. When done right it is a very enjoyable beer to drink.
What’s your favorite thing about your brewery?
While my favorite part is the brewing process and writing the recipes, getting feedback from the customers is the most valuable thing. It is truly a lesson in humility to listen to a patron tell you what they do or don’t like about your beer.
Besides your own, what Ohio craft breweries impress you the most and why?
I truly enjoy Fat Head’s beers. They have managed to grow to a large scale and their quality has not dropped off. Plus Head Hunter is a great west coast IPA.
Where do you think craft beer is headed? What do you think craft beer will look like five years from now?
I am hoping that Toledo becomes more of a destination for brewery hoppers. We are starting to draw people from across the state and people traveling through. We have many very solid breweries in this area; I feel given time we will turn Toledo into a true destination for craft beer lovers.