Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: Catching up with Wayward Owl Brewing’s Justin Boswell

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click to enlarge Justin Boswell is the founder of Wayward Owl Brewing Company. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
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  • Justin Boswell is the founder of Wayward Owl Brewing Company.

Justin Boswell, the founder and head brewer of Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St.), ponders the title “master brewer.”

“I don’t tout myself as the master of anything, but I really love to make beer," Boswell says. "That’s one thing I can say that I’m pretty good at. Not the best — I’ve got a lot to learn, just like everybody else does. I hear 'master brewer' and [I think] it means you don’t have much to learn.”

Boswell wants to build a place where everyone is comfortable and plans to listen to his clientele when deciding what beers to brew. Initially, Wayward Owl will produce three beers: an IPA, a gose and a krystalweizen. He says he also will brew other beers.

“Variety is the spice of life," Boswell says. "I don’t believe in flagship beers. It’s a piece of advice my mentor gave to me: 'Don’t make flagship beers; build a flagship brewery. Forget about national trends; pay attention to your neighborhood.'”

Because Wayward Owl occupies a historic building, the Gem Theater, Boswell and his construction team are following renovation requirements. There is theater seating lining the divide between the brewhouse and the taproom. Signage will include the large old-fashioned neon letters for the Gem Theater.

Citing permitting issues in working on a historic building, Boswell declined to  project an opening date. He says the team has been working steadily to restore small historic details while completing installation of brewing equipment. 

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