Brewer Spotlight: Bedlam Brewing
Posted on February 7, 2019
Brewer: Mike McMackin
How long have you worked at brewery? We just celebrated our two-year anniversary, but really about six months before that with renovations.
How did you get involved in brewing? Like most people, I started as a home brewer over 20 years ago and continued the hobby on and off over the years. I grew up in the restaurant business, and when my youngest graduated high school, I decided to quit my teaching job and open a brewpub.
Tell us something people don’t know about your brewery: Bedlam was a popular name for the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem, London, an insane asylum founded in 1330. Since I left a secure position to open a brewpub, I couldn’t help but feel like I was a little crazy – the “inmate” running the asylum.
What’s your favorite food and beer combo? I have a different take on this question. Here at Bedlam, we have a kitchen, and I try to incorporate beer into my recipes as often as possible. Some of my favorites would be the Steak & Stout Pie, Saison Braised Chicken, or Beer Braised Pork Tacos.
Tell us about your pets: We have two dogs, Buddha our yellow lab, and Izzy our terrier mix along with three cats, Tango, Pandora, and Hammurabi.
What is your favorite thing to do in the Shenandoah Valley? My wife and I are both small business owners, so when we manage some time off, we enjoy visiting local breweries and wineries after spending a day hiking in either Shenandoah National Park or the National Forest.
What’s the best way to spend time in the outdoors in the Shenandoah Valley? Hiking the amazing trails this area has to offer or spending a day canoeing.