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October 18, 2007 - Scott Morrison Back At Dock Street [REVISED & UPDATED]
Scott Morrison returned to Philadelphia's Dock Street Brewpub on an interim basis today, immediately after reaching an agreement with owner Rosemarie Certo.

The return engagement was first reported here yesterday in story which also noted that recently hired head brewer Julius Hummer was let go by Dock Street Saturday night after less than two months on the job.

Morrison, who set up the Dock Street brewhouse and brewed the pub's first beers, is returning for an indeterminate stay. "It will be at least a month," Certo told The Beer Yard today, "or maybe longer. Six months or so would be ideal. Scott still wants to do his own thing, but he's with us for now and he's welcome to stay as long as he wants to. It's a good relationship. He's happy and we're happy. We had a major reunion this morning and it was like he never left."

Morrison will be assisted by Mike Fava, who is sort of the "Jack of all trades" for Dock Street. "Mike has been with us for two years and he's a very key person," Certo said. "He has his hands in everything around here. He does managing, he does wholesale sales from the brewery and he brews. he helped set up the brewhouse and did a lot of brewing with Scott the first time around. Scott will be both directing and training Michael as part of his job, but Michael already knows a lot. He transferred beer yesterday without Scott being here, for example. We'll obviously still be looking for a brewer, but if Scott is here for an extended period of time, it's certainly possible that Michael could be ready to take over after he leaves."

Morrison says that training Fava to perhaps follow in his footsteps is something he figures is right up his alley. "Hey, I did okay with the last guy I trained, didn't I?" he asked, laughing. Ryan Michaels, Morrison's assistant brewer before he was let go by McKenzie Brew House, won two medals, including a Gold, at GABF 2007 last week.--JACK CURTIN