What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am the director of sales & distribution with Zipline Brewing Co. in Lincoln, Neb. I have managed in on-premises retail as well as sales with a national distributor. I started with Zipline as the taproom manager, oversaw packaging and the warehouse, but finally have the chance to solely focus on sales & distribution. I originally got into the craft brewing industry by developing a passion for quality and diversified beers.
What’s new at Zipline?
We are constantly pumping out Brave New Brews. We recently launched distribution into Kansas City, Mo. and also released a summer seasonal, Hibiscus Saison.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
There is no other industry that relies on and cooperates with other entities than the craft beer industry. Are they our competition? I suppose, but I’m passionate about craft beer so I am excited to enjoy other brands as well. Craft beer is community driven.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
Give me a solid beer and a solid meal and we are in business.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Just had my first child in August 2015. It’s been a wild and amazing ride!
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Can’t peg one: everything from Odell (they are rock stars); Bell’s Two Hearted and Oarsman; Paulaner Hefe; Staropramen; Prairie Artisan; Urban Chestnut. This list seriously goes on and on.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
I enjoy spending time with my wife Cassandra, son Lawson, and our two dogs Joplin and Seger. I also enjoy writing and performing music and listening to classic old-school vinyl.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Have yet to beat Colorado.