Why the Name
Mieza was a summer retreat in Ancient Macedonia where Aristotle tutored Alexander the Great and his companions before they conquered nearly the entire known world.
Founder and head blender Alex Lynch’s perspective:
“For a long time I tried to come up with a name that appropriately matched a beer-making approach or a beer-drinking experience that I wanted to convey. Names describing or alluding to ingredients or processes that I was passionate about, were always too literal or just didn’t encompass everything I wanted to say. Mieza is a blank space I can project onto, possessing a modicum of myth and some underlying themes that my approach to blending strongly shares.
I imagined ancient Mieza as this idyllic training grounds; a place where there was a certain amount of comfort and protection from the outside world but unleashed characters who were undoubtedly effective once outside. There’s also this sense of a “lost boys” sort of playful violence that captures a lot of my approach to blending. Both of these underly my view of the blendery’s polarity; a safe space where beer ideas can be approached with a boyish enthusiasm, an open heart, while simultaneously holding an air of rigor, intensity, and an unforgiving execution of blends.
Finally, we can’t really say what the relationship between the two colossal figures of Aristotle and Alexander the Great was actually like, but what I extrapolated was a powerful melding of curiosity, contemplation, wisdom with a certain amount of courage, confidence, and thorough action.”