High-profile brewers that have made the jump from home brewer to the big leagues are not unusual, but Ben Romano of Tampa-based Angry Chair Brewing has a bit more to his story.

The 37-year-old actually started out by getting a degree in electronic engineering but began home brewing in 2009. His first professional brewery job was as a pilot brewer at Cigar City Brewing, where he thought up the idea for a Tiramisu-flavored pastry stout that was appropriately named Tiramisu.

He joined Angry Chair in 2012, where he has been brewing such celebrated beers as Barrel-Aged Rocky Road, Double Stuffed Oreo Fudge Bucket and German Chocolate Cupcake Stout, which was a recipe he thought up and worked on back when he was home brewing.

Although Angry Chair is a favorite of many fans around the country, the brewery is actually quite small and produced approximately 1,300 barrels of beer last year. It has a fermentation capacity of close to 120 barrels, although it is adding another 10 barrels before summer. The brewery ages all of its beer in a warehouse down the road from the taproom and has even started a small sour program that it is looking to expand in 2018 as well.

This portrait was taken at Angry Chair Brewing with a Sony a7RIII and a Sony 50mm f/1.4 lens set to f/1.8 and 1/100 of a second. The ISO was set at 1600 and there was only one source of light: two video lights held to Romano’s bottom left by Charlie Minato. The photograph was converted from RAW in Photoshop 2018 and converted into black and white using custom actions.

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