What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am a sales representative [for Granite Falls Brewing Co. in Granite Falls, N.C.] I became fascinated with craft beer while living in Asheville, N.C. When I returned to my hometown of Lenoir, I inquired about a position with GFB and began working as a server in the restaurant. My past experience, education, and passion for the industry allowed me to move into a sales position when that became available.
What’s new at Granite Falls?
Bottling! We’ll begin bottling six-packs in early 2015.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
It’s right there in the title: “brewing community.’ I love how inclusive the craft community can be and people are rarely happier than when they are sharing a quality beer.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Play the mandolin, garden, and travel.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
There’s nothing better than Bojangle’s fried chicken with a solid IPA like GFB’s Hoppalachia.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
After graduating college I backpacked parts of Europe and visited 48 U.S. states.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
What I like about craft beer is the variety. I don’t like to drink the same thing too many times in a row. However, I’ve been on a stout kick lately and I don’t think you can go wrong with North Coast’s Old Rasputin.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
In Panama City, Panama I stumbled across La Rana Dorada. I was not expecting to find craft beer in Panama and it was a wonderful surprise. I visited them several times during the week I was there.