Envy Rich Castagna. Not for his workload (he’s the “one man” behind one-man nano dark beer haven,
Bridge and Tunnel Brewery in Maspeth, Queens). Envy him because he used to fly to Europe for
12 bucks—and that’s how he learned about good beer.
Granted, this all happened while Castagna was working as a “baggage gorilla” at a European airline.
But the payoff was sweet. “My exposure to cask ales was in England,” he says.
“I remember having a dunkel in a small town 30 miles from the Czech border in Bavaria,
at a buddy’s little storybook house that he and his dad built themselves.” Castagna didn’t go straight from drinking
in Grimm’s fairytales to professional brewing. He worked briefly as a teacher and actually ran his own clothing line.
But it was his earliest post-grad job as a line cook in the great state of Montana that introduced Castagna to the
country’s nascent micro-brewing culture—and the possibility of doing it himself. click here to read more