Who are you and your current job?
I am Alberto Gomez, owner of In Peccatum Craft Beer. I am the general manager of the company.
What was the inspiration behind your brewery?
I started brewing as a homebrewer more than a decade ago. I was born in a place where wine is everything for the people and everyone has some relative related to a winery, but in my case I never liked wine, I always preferred beer. When I started drinking I discovered the Belgian and English ales and got curious about how they were made. That’s when I started brewing at home. The good thing was that my first batches were good enough to drink so I didn´t stop brewing ’till now.
We started as a brewpub in our city Ourense, but after a couple of years, we had to move to an industrial area due to the need for a wider space and brewing equipment. In Peccatum means all those things that you wish but are mostly sinful, and transferred to beer, all those styles which are bizarre and unusual.
Can you give us a tour of your beer scene?
When we started brewing, there were only a couple of craft breweries in our place Galicia. Right now there are more than 50 different brands but the market is not developed at the same rhythm. The good thing with us is that, aside from the local presence in our province and state, we are currently exporting to quite a lot of countries.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a brewery?
First of all, to know that brewing at home is not like brewing in a professional brewery. Aside from a good beer, you have to run a business so it´s very important to have a good business plan and know how to manage a company. Of course, to be true to oneself, you need to brew a beer that you like and also a beer that it´s the best quality you can get. The most important thing in a beer to be a success, more than the price, is the quality itself.