What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I’m the owner and chef in the kitchen. My husband Zachary and I got started almost six years ago with just an idea that evolved into Barrels & Bottles Brewery [in Golden, Colo.] We love craft beer, great wine, and food along with good company, so opening a brewpub just seemed natural.
What’s new at Barrels & Bottles?
We are approaching our first anniversary and couldn’t be more excited. We’ve got lots of things planned for our special day and to make it even more exciting, we have some breweries brewing beer just for our event and reaching deep into their cellars for some rare beer for our taps.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The unity, camaraderie, new and old friendships, and the honest but helpful feedback from other owners and brewers alike.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
We don’t spend much time away as we truly do love spending time at our brewery with our customers and employees. But when we do get away we travel to other breweries, go hiking, and spend time with our kids, I mean our dogs.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
Desserts and stouts, really anything with chocolate…chocolate beer, chocolate baked goods, chocolate cookies, chocolate.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
My husband was a U.S. Marine for nine years and I was a Department of Defense employee for 10 years. We both hold our previous jobs in the highest regard. I will default to Zachary’s accomplishment as I am very proud of him and his unselfish commitment to our country.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
I have two in mind: Epic Brewing’s Big Bad Baptist and Copper Kettle’s Mexican Chocolate Stout.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Back in 2008, Zachary and I backpacked through Europe. We based our trip around the Zythos Beer Festival in Belgium, still one of our top beer festivals we’ve ever attended. Our entire trip was 17 days. We ate and drank our way through Europe and it was on this trip that our business plan came to life for Barrels & Bottles Brewery.