What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am the warehouse manager for Grayton Beer Company in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. I started with the company four years ago as a volunteer on the bottling line and quickly got a full-time job. Since Grayton Beer Company is not in the business of storing beer, I added logistics for shipping and receiving inventory to my many hats. We have a box truck in which I deliver beer throughout our six-state footprint in the Southeast to our smaller markets. In 2018, I drove 36,000 miles!
What’s new at Grayton Beer Company?
We are launching our first year-round session IPA, 30A IPA. Our 7 bbl brewpub in Grayton Beach has been growing strong and celebrated its one-year anniversary this past weekend.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
Two words: free beer.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
I recently made a BBQ sauce with our Franklin County Oyster Stout that turned out fantastic. Don’t be surprised if we have a line of sauces in the near future.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
The great friendships that I have made along the way.
What’s your favorite beer from another brewery?
A tie between Founders All Day IPA and Guinness.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Go see live music and shake it with the community that follows it.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
The outstanding beers of Vermont had an impact on me. Lawson’s and Hill Farmstead are two breweries that stood out.