We had the good fortune of connecting with Dave Robkin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dave, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is an old, comfortable friend in my life. Our relationship began when I was a teenage skydiver and quickly matured from physical risk to economic risk with a career decision to pursue entertainment design and production as a lighting designer, high rigger, electrician, and stagehand. We have stayed together through every successful project I have been involved in. I crave the excitement (adrenaline) and adventure that comes with risk. I relish the challenge of solving impossible problems on impossible schedules with delusional budgets. That is what gives a project enough interest to keep my attention.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is always collaborative and done in support of a grander vision. As a lighting designer/stage manager/technical director/etc. I serve the play/event/performance/project, the performers, and the director’s vision. This career taught me to look beyond traditional solutions to create an aesthetic that stood apart. My struggles in that career showed me that I did not have the resources required in this culture to be so iconoclastic. I took my skills at solving problems and moved them into creating something where my tastes and preferences resonated more closely with a broader audience. As a brewer, my own taste and aesthetic may not conform to the trends and fickle whims of fashion, but they do have a firm foundation in quality and hand built craft. Sure, as a business owner I temper that aesthetic and follow the current fashions where I am comfortable, but as a creative, I always concentrate on keeping myself centered in the aesthetic of quality. My brand and story pays homage both to the risk and adventures that filled my journey to Craft Brewing and to the comforts of safety and welcome at the end of the story.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles is (was) filled with wonderful places. From tiny eateries and seedy clubs to The Museum of Jurassic Technology. These days I no longer know where to find them. Unfortunately, I have not had the time or resources for leisure in 6 years.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to A. Laura Brody for her support, encouragement, and challenges.

Website: wingwalkerbrewing.com
Instagram: @wingwalker
Linkedin: David Robkin
Twitter: @WingwalkerBrewing
Facebook: Wingwalker Brewing, The Temple of Zymurgic Revelations (under construction)

Image Credits
Second Photo Andrea Holbrook

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