Meet the first IAC employee, Joe "Big Dawg" Murray. He's been with us from the very beginning and it only made sense to do our first staff spotlight on Joe. Check out the Q&A below with Joe!
IAC: Where are you from?
Big Dawg: Santa Clarita born and raised.
IAC: What is your current position at IAC?
Big Dawg: Brewer/ Inspirational Speaker.
IAC: How many years have you worked at IAC?
Big Dawg: Just over four years.
IAC: Tell us a little bit about your job responsibilities.
Big Dawg: Well, I’ve done a little bit of everything at IAC. I started in the tasting room with Roger teaching me how to pour the perfect pint. Since then, at some point, I’ve done just about every job in the brewery. Today, my main responsibilities consist of all cellar and brewing work, monitoring and supporting yeast fitness, and I am head of the cask program. And of course, I do a lot of cleaning, sanitizing, cleaning and more cleaning!
IAC: What is your favorite IAC beer?
Big Dawg: Pumpkin Spice Dissonance.
IAC: What is your favorite part of your job?
Big Dawg: I have a love/hate relationship with all our specialty adjunct beers. Getting to come up with the recipes for our specialty limited release beers is definitely fun and creative. However, every specialty beer we come up with means hundreds of pounds of adjuncts that must be zested, sliced, diced, cut, peeled, juiced, toasted, roasted, boiled, or muddled, all by hand. But once that beer goes on tap it’s pretty awesome seeing the fruit of your labor.
IAC: What first sparked your interest for craft beer?
Big Dawg: A good buddy, and now regular customer, of ours, Kyle introduced me to craft beer back in college. He invited me to go up to Ladyface to try some Triple IPA named after some philosopher. The keg ran out before we got there, but that was my introduction to craft beer.
IAC: What were you doing before working for IAC?
Big Dawg: I was working my way through college at CSUCI, working and racing with bicycle shops.
IAC: What's been your favorite cask that you’ve made?
Big Dawg: Taco Sedation: Lime juice, Cilantro, Roasted Jalapeno and a dash of Tapatio.
IAC: Do you have any hobbies? Or what do you do on your free time outside the brewery?
Big Dawg: I’m a pretty big Rams fan so I try to go to every game I can. I also go scuba diving, snowboarding, camping or hiking with my two pups Porter and Stout, and when I used to have a lot of free time mountain biking and cyclocross. Most my weekends now a days are filled with Dungeons and Dragons! So, if you ever want to be a level 20 wizard and slay some dragons come hang out and roll some dice!
IAC: What is one thing we don’t know about you?
Big Dawg: I had the bright idea to get a tattoo across my toes when I was 16, I won’t admit that I regret it but if anyone knows a good way to cover up the letters STEEZ IT UP! Let me know.
IAC: If you could drink a beer with anyone who would it be and why?
Big Dawg: Honestly, it’d probably be both my dogs. If I could sit down and have a beer with them and just find out what they do and think about all day long that’d be pretty awesome.
IAC: Where is your next vacation spot?
Big Dawg: I'd really like to see Antarctica, because I’m not 100% sure that the world is round. I’ve already been to the Arctic circle, so next Antarctica would help me believe in all the government propaganda. #flatearth
IAC: What is the last concert you went to?
Big Dawg: I got to see Snoop Dogg perform at the Rams home playoff game during halftime, which was pretty cool.
IAC: iPhone or Android?
Big Dawg: iPhone, but I’m really considering switching depending on which phone keeps the illuminati from spying on me through my camera.
IAC: What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Big Dawg: Sunday morning fully loaded Bloody Mary’s. I’m talking the works; celery, bacon, olives, pickle, roasted jalapeno, horseradish, black pepper, oyster shell, and obviously a lime.
IAC: Lastly, how fast do you think you can you shotgun a beer?
Big Dawg: Without a doubt I can shotgun a beer faster than my 40 yrd dash time so that should put me in the 4.2 sec range, give or take several seconds.
Actual Shotgun time: 4.9 seconds.
Next time you see Joe in the brewery make sure to give him a high five and thank him for all his hardwork.