Meet Josh Stacy. He's the chief operating office for Public House Brewing Company and St. James Winery. He's been a part of the craft brewing industry for 11 years and is serving his first year of a three-year term on the Guild's board of directors.
How did you get started in the craft beer industry?
Since the early 80s my family has been brewing beer at an amateur level. So needless to say I was brought up in an household where beer was always front and center. We were also known to spend time at any brewery we could find. Needless to say I was drawn to the art of brewing, the people, and the places that we visited. That interest stayed with me into my early adulthood, and when the time was right we decided to take a chance, change course and jump in!
What's your "why?" or what gets you out of bed each day?
For me it has always been about building a great company. One that our employees and customers want to be a part of.
What was your first-ever craft beer?
If homebrewed products are allowed in this response, I am not sure that I can pin it down. Most of the beer that was available in our home, growing up, was made by the family, and I am not sure what the first beer was. The first commercial beer that made an impact on me was Breckenridge Brewery's - Avalanche Amber Ale circa 1990s.
What does your job entail at the brewery?
I am the COO for Public House Brewing Company and St James Winery. Most of my time is spent working with the team on the customer facing sides of the company, our retail, online, tasting rooms and restaurant operations.
What do you do with your free time?
I try to spend as much time with my family as the job allows. We love to cook and bake together. I am also learning a deep appreciation for fly fishing.
If you could work on a collaboration beer with any other craft brewery, who would it be?
Bell's Brewing Company
What is your favorite thing about the craft beer industry?
The people - hands down!
What's the best beer you've ever had?
One of the most memorable was a bottle of Tactical Nuclear Penguin, as part of a celebration dinner after winning our first GABF medal!
What's one fun fact about you?
I unknowingly, had Garth Brooks' daughter removed from a seat at his retirement concert, on her birthday!
Why did you join the Missouri Craft Brewers Guild?
Brewing beer in Missouri has given so much to my family, our community, and myself over the last decade. My hope is that my involvement with this organization is an opportunity for me to continue to support this industry.