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Breakout Brewer: Perennial Artisan Ales/Side Project Brewing

Cory King explains the importance of focusing on the fermentation side as well as the brewing side.

Feb 14, 2015 - 11 min read

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“At the end of the day, we don’t brew that much. I love the term ‘brewer,’ but it’s really ‘janitor.’ All we do is clean.”

If brewing is glorified janitorial work, then you can call Cory King “Mr. Clean.” As the head brewer for Perennial Artisan Ales (under Brewmaster/Owner Phil Wymore) and owner/brewmaster of Side Project Brewing, Cory’s stock has been rising on the strength of blockbuster beers such as his signature Abraxas Mexican chocolate stout. But beyond his brewing prowess, Cory is pushing the boundaries of the industry by leading not one, but two important Midwest craft breweries.

The arrangement between Perennial and Side Project is unique—the breweries are co-located, and Cory manages and brews for Side Project once he’s off the clock from his fifty-hours-per-week schedule with Perennial. Both breweries are committed to producing creative, top-quality beer priced for those who appreciate craft beer and the work that goes into producing it.

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