Calling The Ale Apothecary a brewery seems inadequate. We like to think of it more as a place where magic happens. And if that’s the case, the primary conjurer is founder Paul Arney. Arney spent the better part of 15 years brewing at Deschutes Brewery before beginning to brew his “fantasy brewery up in the woods outside of Bend” in 2011. Beer lovers across the country now seek out Ale Apothecary’s barrel-aged beers, crafted “without the fingerprint of industrialization.” Their Bend tasting room is open Thursday through Saturday, and the brewery sells beer on its website for pickup. In addition, certain varieties are cropping up with more regularity in local bottle shops.

Welcome to The Prost Questionnaire. It’s like the Proust Questionnaire, but with more fun, and more beer. The concept is simple, we ask brewers a series of questions, and they can answer as many or as few as they like. Prost!

Favorite beer: That one I had in Český Krumlov

If I weren’t a brewer, I’d be a … full-time traveler (or hobo?)

Dream Collaboration: Brauerei Kapsreiter in Austria

Beatles or Stones? Beatles for inspiration, Stones for the feels.

What’s on the stereo while you’re brewing? Link Wray, Bo Diddley, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Favorite Book: Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey, anything by David Mitchell

Favorite Album: Trouble is a Lonesome Town by Lee Hazelwood

First craft beer: Pete’s Wicked Ale

Favorite vacation spot: Punta de Mita Mexico

Favorite quote: “Everything possible to be believed is an image of truth” -William Blake

The next big thing in beer will be… Something that I won’t want to drink 🙂

If you could choose anyone to have a beer with, who would it be? Charles Bukowski