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Thursday, December 20th 2012

Q & A with Tin Man Brewing Company

It was only last month that Evanville, Indiana's Tin Man Brewing Company opened its doors and things are now in full swing with beer flowing in the brewery's taproom and cans being filled in the very near future. We caught up with owner Nick Davidson to learn more about Tin Man and how a love of robots and beer came together so perfectly. Cheers Nick, we can't wait to try your beers!

(CC) What is the background behind Tin Man Brewing? 

(ND) Tin Man Brewing Company started from the combination of two of my favorite things, robots and beer. I had been a home brewer for over a decade. When I moved back to my hometown of Evansville, IN one of my first thoughts was, this town needs a production brewery again. See, Evansville at one time had quite a few breweries and was a real beer town. Sadly the last production brewery in Evansville, which produced Sterling Beer, closed in the late 90s and has since been raised.  When it came to naming my brewery I decided to name it after my childhood love of robots. We wanted the robot logo and name to have a retro feel to it that conjured up images of early robots from the 50s. That's where the name Tin Man came from.

tap handles at Tin Man's taproom (photo: Tin Man Brewing)

(CC) What made you decide to go with cans?

(ND) We decided to go with cans first and foremost because of our commitment to the environment.  Cans are infinitely recyclable and that meant a lot to us when it came to deciding on our packaging.  We also like cans because they keep two of the enemies of beer out, light and oxygen.

(CC) Which of your beers will you be canning?

(ND) We will be canning 4 of our 5 beers to start. Circuit Bohemian Pilsner, Rivet Irish Red, Alloy American IPA, and 3 Gear Robust Porter.  We won't be canning our Dry Cell Irish Dry Stout, because that beer is meant to be nitrogenated and we have yet to find a solution for canning it that way.

(CC) Where will your beers be available?

(ND) Our beers will be available in liquor stores, grocery stores, and in bars around Evansville to start.  The nice thing about Evansville is that it is so close to so many big cities, so we plan to expand past Evansville as quickly as we can.

(CC) What makes Tin Man Brewing unique?

(ND)There are many things that make Tin Man Brewing Company unique.  We are the third brewery in the world to use the draft system we are using.  We are also one of the first craft breweries to use a mash filter in our brewing process. We are not afraid to try new technologies in order to advance the craft brewing industry.


the taproom at Tin Man Brewing (photo: Tin Man Brewing)

(CC) We love the designs on your cans. Who is responsible for them?

(ND) There are a couple of designers responsible for the design of our cans, Matt Wagner and Aaron Tanner.  They've done such a great job and we're very proud of our cans.

(CC) What is something people might not know about Tin Man Brewing Company, but should?

(ND) The Coinverter series is our first line of beers.  They are session beers created to give great flavor and aroma, but designed specifically to engage everyone and convert them into one of us.  They range from 4.5% to 6% alcohol, are moderately hopped, and are great representations of their styles.

Tin Man Brewing Company in Evansville, Indiana (photo: Tin Man Brewing)


You can read more about Tin Man Brewing Company in this article by Kirby Bennett, which was featured on CraftBeer.Com


Posted by Russ