Behind the 3 | Caleb Van Cleef

Caleb Van Cleef joined Three Taverns in the spring of 2017 and as a cellarman is an integral part of brewing and production. He’s also been instrumental in conceiving and participating in numerous Imaginarium Project beers. Read more about him below in our "Behind the 3" feature, where we highlight instrumental folks of Three Taverns:

How did you first get into craft beer?
Went into a fake British Pub and asked for a High Life but got a Jai Lai instead. Was like “BRO, wtf, this is terrible. Gimme a Guinness on nitro to cleanse my soiled palate.” Dude riposted with: “How you feel about a lewd Russian mystic whose daughter became a lion tamer in the circus?” I say fantastic. He gives me a pint of Rasputin. Had 9 more. Puked it all up. Hook, line, & stinker.. 

What do you like most about your job?
It’s a tie between showing up to work for Witching Hour shift and putting the centrifuge on autopilot while I watch from bay door #2 for Cordelia the feral brewery cat to emerge from the sewer for her predawn hunt, and brewing low ABV beers without hops on the test batch system hungover.

Where were you born/did you grow up?
Gulf Of Mexico

Favorite spots in Atlanta?
Rainbow Natural Foods salad bar, Righteous Room, retention ponds

Desert Island beer?
Schlitz Red Beer with stick of cold-smoked caribou sausage. If no caribous on my island, Clausthaler.

When you’re not drinking beer what are you drinking?
Right now: Lambrusco Salamino de Santa Croce or Sotol Pickleback.

Interests/hobbies that are not beer-related
Taxidermy. I’ll stuff anything. Or stuffy poetry.

Last great movie you saw/book you read/album you listened to?
Sátántango by Bela Tar
Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Story Of The Eye by Georges Bataille
Under The Volcano by Malcom Lowry

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