14 Questions....with David Pascual



David Pascual joined the Big Dog's team in late 2015 after 10+ years as the award-winning brewer at Chicago Brewing Company.  After winning numerous medals and awards at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, David has developed a reputation as one of the best brewers in the Silver State.  He has a personal passion for Belgian-style beers, having won many of his accolades with Quads, Tripels, and the like, but approaches all styles with a keen eye for quality and flavor. At Big Dog's, Dave leads the brewery team as we work hard at producing a top notch lineup of signature and reserve beers throughout the year.

14 Questions

Where did you grow up?
My father was in the Air Force, so I'm a military brat.  I was born in Florida and grew up in Hawaii, Philippines, and Nebraska, before moving to Las Vegas in high school.

Where was your first job in the beer world?
Through UNLV, I worked as an unpaid intern at Barleys Casino and Brewing Co. in 2004.

What's your favorite beer style that you enjoy the most?
I like many different beer styles, but gravitate toward anything hoppy or Belgian style beers.

Do you have an out-of-town brewery or brewpub that you like to visit? What do you like most about it?
Pizza Port in San Diego.  Everything from the beer, food, and being near the beach.

What are your favorite Big Dog's Brews that we make?
They are all like my kids, I love them all!

What is your favorite food and beer pairing?
Good pizza or burger with a hoppy beer.  Cheese with Belgian beers are fantastic too.

What craft beers are in your refrigerator right now?
Right now, I have way too much beer!  They include quite a few local beers, along with Russian River, Pizza Port, Lost Abbey, Almanac, Cascade, The Common's, New Glarus, many Belgian beers, and Big Dog's (of course!) to name a few. 

What is your favorite thing to eat at the brewpub?
I like to see what the special of the day is or I “try" to eat something healthy.

Who is your favorite musician or band?
Depends on the mood.  Jack Johnson reminds me of being on the beach.

What is the farthest from home you've travelled to visit a brewery?
I would have to say the breweries in Belgium.  The magical Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels would be one of them.

What was the last movie you saw?
I watched the Godfather I and II in its entirety for the first time.

What gets you excited about being in the craft beer world?
The camaraderie amongst fellow brewers and seeing and being part of the industries growth.

Anything in particular you are looking forward to doing at Big Dog's in the coming year?
Looking forward to messing around with barrel aging, some wild yeast, and bacteria.  Along with finding and sourcing some ingredients locally.

Share your thoughts on the local beer scene.
Las Vegas has a great beer community, with a lot of potential to grow.  As long as we continue pushing ourselves to produce world class beer, provide styles that strike interest, and educate the public, we can keep moving forward in growing the local scene.