Matthew O’Hara: The Proost Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire is a famous questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses once given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Ben’s Beer Blog has co-opted this format in order to provide a revealing look at people making beer and working in the beer industry in Ontario. As such, I’ve renamed it The Proost Questionnaire, since “proost” is the Dutch word for cheers. Clever right?

Matthew O’Hara is the brewmaster for Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. and is clearly a man of few words. Today he gets efficiently philosophical with a look at why he lies at bedtime and has no love for The Donald.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being so immersed in a pleasant activity that you forget to think about it or anything else.

What is your greatest fear?


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Earning the love and respect of my daughter.

What is your favorite occupation?


Which historical figure do you most identify with?


Which living person do you most admire?

The Dalai Lama.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Self-doubt, lack of confidence.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Lack of compassion.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Dining out.

What is your favorite journey?


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


On what occasion do you lie?


What do you dislike most about your appearance?

The lack of beauty.

Which living person do you most despise?

Donald Trump.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Would’ve, should’ve, could’ve.

What is your greatest regret?

Like, today?

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Travelling with good companionship.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Musical showmanship.

What is your current state of mind?

Contemplative (I blame the battery of questions).

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

I’d add to their numbers via procreation or adoption.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

A dragon.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?

A ghost.

Where would you like to live?

In a galaxy far,far away…

What is your most marked characteristic?


What is the quality you most like in a man?


What is the quality you most like in a woman?


What do you most value in your friends?


Who are your favorite writers?

Guy Gavriel Kay, Leonard Cohen, Dr. Seuss.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?


Who are your heroes in real life?

My grandfather and my uncle.

How would you like to die?

Quickly, with relatively little pain.

What is your motto?


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