After a military career that culminated in intelligence work at the DIA, but John Falco went from making beer at home to launching one of the most talked about breweries in South Florida. In the process, he's brought new energy to a quiet corner of Miami, making Lincoln's Beard Brewing one of the protagonists in the transformation of an area John's known since childhood.
In this interview, which was recorded at Lincoln's Beard, John talks about his time in military intelligence, the lessons he took from it and how they carried over (or didn't) to the brewing world. We also talk about some of the unique opportunities that come with brewing beers in South Florida, where tropical ingredients are not only readily available, but an integral part of the culture.
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Nicolás Antonio Jiménez is the founder of DADE. When he's not working on this site, he's the senior editor of Cigar Snob Magazine, an internationally distributed lifestyle magazine.
Nick is also a Miami native, Cuban-American, and graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.