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20 questions with Rowley Farmhouse Ales’ new head brewer

Meet new head brewer Mike Donovan.

Rowley Farmhouse Ales has a new head brewer. When former head brewer Wes Burbank accepted a new position at Ex Novo Brewing in Corrales this summer, he left some pretty big barrels to fill back in Santa Fe.

It was a good thing Rowley and crew have built up such a wide network of friends and collaborators over the years, as well as maintaining a pretty good reputation wherever they go. It also didn’t hurt that RFA had just won Small Brewpub/Brewer of the Year in 2019 at the Great American Beer Festival.

Thankfully, when they put out the call, they were able to find someone ready to take on the big role of head brewer fairly quickly, and more importantly, they found someone who came with plenty of experience at filling those big barrels.

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Mike Donovan. He and John Rowley met me at the Farm one sunny Saturday, and over the course of a couple beers, I played 20 questions with the new head brewer

Source: NM Dark Side Brew Crew

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