What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am the First Lady of Beer (FLOB) at Brewery 85 in Greenville, S.C. Like many other people in this industry, I started homebrewing in my driveway with some friends.
What’s new at Brewery 85?
In addition to the purchase of some new tanks and the planned construction of a music venue, our beer just seems to get even better every single day. Our new lab equipment helps us focus our strengths.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
Definitely the people you meet along the way and the sharing of ideas. I love the camaraderie of this industry.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
I really enjoy an extra sharp white cheddar cheese, but when you pair it with a saison, it really kicks it up a notch. Pairing beer and cheese in general is just a lot of fun for me.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Keeping up with my awesome two young boys and my husband. I would always get annoyed when other people would use that answer, but now that I’m in that position it makes a lot of sense. It is the hardest yet most rewarding job ever.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Since having my second child, my taste buds have changed a bit, but right now I’m really digging Brewery Ommegang’s Abbey Ale. I really enjoy the aroma and heartiness of that beer.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Anytime I get a chance to visit Colorado, I take it. They’ve got an unbelievable amount of great beer in every nook and cranny, not to mention the Brewers Association’s HQ is in beautiful Boulder!
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Work out. Cook. Television. Give me those three things and I’m a happy lady.