Leah Dienes knows beer. What started as a hobby — she’s been brewing her own batches at home for more than 15 years — is now a growing business. Dienes co-owns Apocalypse Brew Works with some of her brewing buddies, and you can now find Apocalypse beers on taps all across the city.
When she’s not traveling as a nationally certified beer judge or working as a graphic designer, she can be found watching anime, playing “Ingress” on Xbox or — shocker — talking about beer. One of Dienes favorite concoctions she made was a Green Chili Beer, but she has yet to mass produce it for Apocalypse. Her father was an organic chemist, so she figures that’s where she got her knack for homebrewing and tweaking recipes.
We caught up with Dienes over a virtual beer to ask her seven very important questions.
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
I’d like to go to Japan’s Akihabara District to shop and see all of the Otaku culture, maybe even to shake hands (or paws) with Pikachu.
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
I had a poster of Culture Club and Adam Ant.
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
My classic favorite is pepperoni and onion.
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
Probably 105 (with a good mind and body). I would know so much and could get away with a lot!
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
Actually, it is two people: Those twins who dance in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” It must be the hair and the smile since they don’t have glasses … or is it the way they dance?
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?
The elevator repair man.