What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am the front of house manager and ale emissary at Ladyface Ale Companie [in Agoura Hills, Calif.]. I also dabble in other areas within the company such as marketing and staff/guest beer education. I got started at Ladyface as a server and, because beer education is hugely important to us, everyone is required to pass the Certified Beer Server level of the Cicerone program. Once that happened, it kind of snowballed and I quickly developed a passion for all things beer. At that point I wanted to be more hands-on within the company and industry overall.
What’s new at Ladyface?
We have a pretty cool new crowler machine that guests and staff are super excited about. We’re also changing up little things with decor such as adding a lounge area (perfect for studying) and getting ready to plan our annual Invitational this January.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
Everyone says it but it’s true: it’s the community itself. From making new friends and sharing bottles, to meeting awesome people within the industry and forging both business and personal bonds, it’s a wonderful environment to be in. Plus it makes that boring ice-breaker question of ‘what do you do?’ way more fun at parties.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
Cheese. I went to Belgium this year and I’m sure I had olives and cheese with some funky farmhouse goodness pretty much every day. It doesn’t get old.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Making my family proud and having wonderful people in my life. I’m really happy and I’m so fortunate. Sure, I had to fight for some of the things that make it so awesome and it wasn’t always fun at the time, but that just makes it that much sweeter now.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
I love Big Bad Baptist from Epic and that was one of the first craft beers I remember being really blown away by. But I also love supporting local guys like Institution and Topa Topa.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Although touring Belgium was epic, I had a blast in Asheville. My boyfriend and I were going to visit his dad in Tennessee and we didn’t realize we would have to pass right through Asheville in order to do so. So we went on an impromptu tour and hit up Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Wedge, Burial, and Hi-Wire. The people of Asheville were wonderful.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Go to other breweries and taprooms, go on adventures with my dog Kilo, and hang out with my family and boyfriend. There’s almost always beer involved anyway.