What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
As we are a small brewery, many of us wear many different hats at Yee-Haw Brewing Company [in Johnson City, Tenn.]. I’m essentially the director of sales, but I also manage our social media and wholesaler network, and serve as an event planner, project manager, and chief branding and marketing dude. I got my break back in 2002 with a phone call to New Belgium. I knew they were hiring in Arizona for a state rep job, so I jumped on the opportunity like a dog on a meat truck.
What’s new at Yee-Haw Brewing?
We recently developed a new IPA, and re-released a taproom-only beer that was a huge hit, our Kolsch. We also released Blackberry Beret, our wildly popular blackberry Berliner weisse.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The community. I mean, seriously. We get paid to play with beer every day.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
I love cheese, so I love a good IPA and some creamy brie or sharp cheddar. I also love chili and stews, so a nice pale ale or a good German dunkel are the best
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Getting my wife to marry me!
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It’s a classic and I love it.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
I’d have to say Portland, Ore. My wife and I went out for CBC a few years ago and then hung around for another week and drove all over the state visiting bucket-list breweries. If we’re talking international, it’s the UK. So many awesome cask ales.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
When I can get time away, I enjoy mountain biking, running, gardening, and hanging out with my wife and friends. I also really like to cook.