Fish Brewing recently hired Matt Lisowski as our new General Manager. Between moving the kegging line, installing a new pilot brew system, and managing the new canning operations, we were able to steal a few moments to talk about his experience, and what brings him to us.
Fish:Where are you from originally?
Matt: I have two homes from my life. I was originally born in Wisconsin. I spent my young childhood years there. I moved to Southern Nevada just before I was a teenager. I spent my teenage years and got my start in beer in Henderson, NV. I attended high school and received a my bachelors and Master’s from UNLV. So Nevada and Wisconsin are both where I am from.
Fish: What is your past experience in the industry?
Matt: I began my beer career working in a warehouse for a craft beer distributor. I have worn many hats throughout my career, that include Sales Manager for a craft beer distributor, to Director of Brewing Operations for a medium sized brewery, and Director of New Business Development. All in all I have been in the beer business since 2002. I have had the privilege of working with some great talent over the years. Having been on both the sales and operations side, and working both with distribution and craft brewing, I always look to innovations that the consumer looks for and identify capabilities and resources to produces the greatest beers possible.
Fish: What really excites you about the industry?
Matt: I could write a book on this. To sum it up though… To me beer is a unique experience. In this industry we gather the best choice ingredients from around the globe and literally turn plants, fungus, and water, into a delicious transformation that creates a unique experience. No two breweries, even if they have the exact same recipe, can produce the same beer. In this industry we are only limited by our imaginations. So, for me, it’s the innovation and the excitement of being even a small part of what the craft consumer can enjoy about their libations.
Fish: Why Fish?
Matt: When deciding where I wanted to call my home I looked at breweries that make phenomenal beers and have the desire to grow and innovate. I also want a brewery that I can build a career and life with. Fish offers both. Fish is a brand that has deep roots in its community, loyal patrons, and aspirations of creating a wonderful consumer experience. At this brewery, we have the talent and the capability to create almost anything we want. To be a part of preserving the great legacy that has defined Fish as a great brewery and being a part of the team that will help usher Fish into one of the greatest breweries in the United States is why I have joined Fish Brewing.
Fish: How do you like the northwest so far?
Matt: This state has been beautiful. I have had the opportunity to hike in some of the State Parks already. I also enjoy the solace of a small city that lies as a great epicenter of Washington. As far as beer is concerened this is the place to be for the growth and a plethora of great ingredients. This is a great place to call home.
Fish: Who’d you bring with you (family)?
Matt: I came here originally with my just me and Ashley (the name of my guitar). I have a wonderful family that followed me out here 6 weeks later. Myself, my wonderful wife Julie, and my four kids now call Washington our home.