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The Taste of Emporia Q&A – Big John’s Brewing Company

Casey Woods by Casey Woods, Executive Director | April 16, 2015

This is Part 5 in a series of The Taste of Emporia vendor Q&As that will lead up to the event on April 18th!

Diane Harris is the Office Manager for Big John’s Brewing Company.

Q: What can you briefly tell us about Big John’s Brewing Company?

A: We were established in 2013 in Salina, KS.  We have a tasting room that seats over 100 people, so it’s a great place to hold events, family gatherings and reunions.  We currently have 8 beers we make on tap and are always adding a small batch of something along the way for variety. We have a pizzeria located in the same building as us.

Q: What has your experience been like at previous Taste of Emporia events?

A: Last year was our first year at the Taste of Emporia and loved the idea of having breweries, wineries and distilleries. This gave people more choices in their tasting.

Q: What do you look forward to most at this year’s Taste of Emporia?

A: We look forward to more variations than just the breweries.

Q: What products should this year’s participants expect from you? Anything new?

A: We will be bringing our Rye Ale and Oatmeal Stout this year.

Q: What new products do you have coming available that we should know about?

A: New things we have coming available will be a Vanilla Porter, Mai Bock and Chili Blonde Ale.


Be on the lookout tomorrow for the last Vendor Q&A!

About the Author

Casey Woods, Executive Director

Before accepting the director position in March of 2009, Casey worked in both retail and agricultural jobs in the family businesses. A lifelong resident of the Emporia Area, Casey was a ten year volunteer for Emporia Main Street prior to his appointment as director. During that time he served as the board president and chair of the Economic Vitality Committee.

Casey also serves as a partner in PlaceMakers, LLC, a consulting firm that routinely works with both large and small communities, and their businesses, to promote sustainable economic growth through community and economic development practices. Casey consults with businesses, organizations and communities to understand their market capacity and fill vacant spaces. He has been involved in two projects that included crowdfunding as a part of their overall business funding strategies, Radius Brewing and Twin Rivers Winery & Gourmet Shoppe.


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