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Meet Marley, one of our rock star brewers

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A background in Microbiology led Marley into brewing through a lab setting. After a few years in the lab, she realized the brewing side was much more interesting and dynamic. After several years, she couldn’t be happier to be part of the team that cranks out FiftyFifty’s beer. Come by the Pub on Wednesday, November 21 after 5pm to meet Marley, sample some of our award winning beers, and enjoy a beer paired tasting menu (or your favorite regular menu items).

Q: Why beer?
A:
Well, obviously, beer is awesome! As Ben Franklin says, it’s proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. I am continually blown away by how warm and charming everyone in the brewing community is. The level of collaboration between brewers and just the overall... awesomeness... of the people this industry attracts is a huge draw for me. Every brew is slightly different; every yeast pitch is slightly different; it’s so fun to play with the differences and still create a consistent beer. I love how dynamic the brewing process can be.

Q: What brought you to FiftyFifty?
A:
I had history in the area and was on a tram at Squaw last year - looking out over sunset - and just decided ‘yeah, i’m going to move here’. I had worked with Brian at Sierra and basically stalked him for a job. I was giddy when I found out I’d been hired.

Q: What makes Truckee a special place to brew?
A:
SO many things, I love Truckee because it’s always felt to me as if the people who live here do so consciously. The mountains here have a huge piece of my soul. FiftyFifty itself is unique in the fact that I feel like the answer is usually “Yes” - if someone throws out an idea at a meeting, it seems to come to fruition. That’s a really cool thing to be a part of.

Q: What do you love most about brewing?
A:
Well... beer, duh! What I love most is how simple it is but how complex it is under the surface - Jon Mann (another member of the FiftyFifty brewing team) put it best when he said ‘It’s easy to make beer, it’s hard to make a good beer’.

Q: What do you love least?
A:
Brewing is mostly just moving hoses and cleaning things. I actually don’t dislike that at all but people tend to think we’re in an ivory tower, creating recipes, tasting things, curating recipes, when really it’s our hands in caustic buckets and 3 hour cleaning processes.

Q: What advice do you have for any aspiring brewers?
A:
Learn to love cleaning. While there’s nothing much that will grow in beer that’s capable of making you sick, most off flavors are a result of incomplete cleaning processes.  And be creative - but keep in mind that just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Make a beer that YOU would want to drink rather than a beer you THINK other people would want to drink.

Q: Favorite beer and why?
A:
I hate this question... it’s so experience specific. When I go on long MTB rides i shamelessly cut a coors light with Emergen-C and put it it my water bottle. Our eclipse series takes the place of dessert at any dinner party I go to. Our rapberry berlinerweiss is fantastic but i can’t drink a whole pint of it.

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