What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I’m the owner/brewer/operations manager/jack-of-all-trades at Hopkinsville Brewing Company [in Hopkinsville, Ky.]. I fell into brewery ownership by accident; it was my now ex-husband’s project. It wasn’t quite what he thought it was going to be, so when we split, he kept the house, and I kept the brewery. I still think I got the better end of the deal.
What’s new at Hopkinsville Brewing?
We released a new oatmeal stout, blonde ale, and barrel-aged Kentucky Common in December.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
I love how supportive this community can be; the sense of camaraderie is amazing.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
I’m a huge fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream and a good stout.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
I’m pretty proud of running a small business and still managing to make it to all of my son’s baseball games.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
I’m on a dark beer kick right now, so I’m loving Mantra’s Guru Gish Stout and Funky Buddha’s Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
I went to Longmont, Colo. last summer for school (I’m currently enrolled in Auburn University’s Brewing Science & Operations program) and had the best time taking day trips to Left Hand, Boulder Beer, Avery, Crooked Stave, Great Divide, and Oskar Blues. I’d never been to Colorado, and I LOVED the craft beer scene. Everyone was super nice and willing to talk beer for as long as I wanted.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
When I’m not at the brewery, I can be found cheering on my son at the baseball field, doing arts and crafts with my daughter, or running on our town’s local rail trail.