What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am brand sales manager for the O.H.S.O. (Outrageous Homebrewer’s Social Outpost) Brewery & Distillery [in Phoenix, Ariz.]. I grew up in restaurants…literally in the booths while my dad did line checks and management meetings. I even met my future husband in my dad’s place when I was 16. I have always had a passion for the beverage industry. I fell in love with the fact that you have the ability to amplify your personal creativity, build the most amazing relationships, and have fun! My best memories are always with my close friends and family, eating an incredible meal and pairing everything with the right beverage.
What’s new at O.H.S.O.?
We will open our newest production facility and eatery in early 2018 in Gilbert, Ariz., where we’ll specialize in 200+barrels for aging and separate production for lagering. This will be our fourth production location, and we also have a pub in Terminal 2 at PHX airport.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The culture of the beer industry captured me—love at first sight. We are all connected and if there is anyone in need, we all stick together. Unlike other industries where competition can destroy morale, the craft beer industry actively works to build each other up and work as a team rather than rivals.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
I LOVE cheese. I believe it makes up at least 75 percent of my diet. I love a good Brie or chèvre with a Belgian style.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
For eight years, I was the board director for a foundation that raised over $5 million for various local Arizona charities. Our main focus was raising awareness and funds for autism research. In addition, I am a parent advocate for the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, advocating for and assisting others who have been affected by the disorder. Currently I work with a team of breweries and restaurants that continue to participate in and support the cause by brewing specialty beers for the month of April (Autism Awareness Month).
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’.
What’s the most memorable travel destination where you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Anchor Brewery in San Francisco. I had a private tour with one of the brewers who began with them in the 70s. The history lesson alone was amazing.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Have epic Nerf gun wars with my kids. Build massive forts that take a lot to clean up. Friday night dance parties. Cook new recipes, paired with the perfect beverage.