James Howat

Former Future Brewing Company

James Howat is the founder/brewmaster of Former Future Brewing Company, a Denver taproom and brewery that opened in February 2014. Former Future produces beers that are futuristic “remixes” of oft-forgotten historical recipes. James’s side project is Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, a two-time GABF Medal winning sour beer brand that uses only un-isolated wild microbes from captured via rooftop coolship.

Staple Beer:

Firestone Walker Pivo Pils

Always on hand: 

Artisan cheeses

Favorite Pairings:

La Chouffe and Porkchop

Technique Tips: 

When it comes to sour beers, a quote from an old sign hanging in the barrel room at Cantillon: ‘Le temps ne respecte pas ce qui se fait sans lui’ – Time does not respect that which is done without him.

Words to live by:

Never stop improving, perfection is impossible to achieve.

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