Jason Payne

House Brewer, Old Market

Jason Payne received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Iowa in 2001. After working as a chemist at a fermentation plant for a year, Jason joined the Upstream Brewing Company in 2003 as an assistant brewer. He held this position for a year before being promoted to Head Brewer in the Old Market. Jason has contributed to many of the new projects the brewery has encountered in the last couple of years — start-up of a second brewery, installing a new draught system downtown and producing the ever-growing selection of beers at the Upstream. He has even begun to contribute to the Upstream Seasonal list with some of his own unique beer concoctions.

What beer’s in your fridge right now?
Our 2004 bottled Belgian Tripel and some Pilsner Urquell

Bottle or draught?

Light or dark?

Strangest beer you’ve ever tasted?
Black Licorice

What flavor’s next?
Oak-aged Double IPA

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