What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I’m the marketing director for Boise Brewing. I got my start in the craft brewing industry like many folks: I had a passion for craft beer and wanted to brew my own. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in biology and chemistry, I was pursuing work in the medical field. To make a long story short, I ended up dropping everything and took a road trip through Bend, Portland, Seattle, and Boise to see what real Northwest craft beer was all about.
What’s new at Boise Brewing?
We won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup in the American Stout category for our Black Cliffs American Stout. We are also starting a program called BB Involved where we raise money for local nonprofit organizations. Each month we will select an organization to partner with. It’s a great way to connect people who are beer community-minded!
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The people are what make this industry so great and what attracted me to it in the first place. We find so many folks who are intelligent, creative, passionate, and driven, and it’s great to be a part of that.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
Our Dark Daisy Milk Stout and ice cream! My two favorite foods.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
When I was living in Salt Lake City, I coached the University of Utah men’s ultimate frisbee team to the school’s first USA Ultimate National Championships.
What’s your favorite beer from another brewery?
Spruce Budd Ale from Ft. George Brewing.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Recently I went to the Dominican Republic for a fun vacation and tried their staple, El Presidente. It was a light lager similar to what we have in the U.S., but it was the most refreshing thing to have on a hot, humid island day. Beer can connect us to our experiences in a way that few other things can.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Be outside! If it happens outdoors then I probably enjoy it. Backpacking, fly fishing, mountain biking, ultimate frisbee, biking to work, trail running, homebrewing, golfing…the list is endless! Perhaps the most important thing is enjoying a beer while sitting on the patio.