Ricky Jackson

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What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?

I’m the operations manager at Pikes Peak Brewing Company [in Monument, Colo.]. I started off in the craft brewing industry as a beertender with Pikes Peak Brewing Company. After finding that my passion grew beyond just drinking good beer, I wanted to be in a capacity where I could help make great beer, too!

What’s new at Pikes Peak Brewing?

We’ve added 6,000 square feet of production area so we can share our craft with more of the great state of Colorado.

What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?

The people. Everyone has a story to tell, and it seems fitting to share those stories over a pint.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

Tangy BBQ and a tasty IPA.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

Finishing my college degree and finding a job in my related field quickly after. To me that was pursuing my dream, and accomplishing those two things reinforced that I was achieving the things that mattered to me.

What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?

Having gone to CSU in Fort Collins, I’ve always been a fan of all Odell beer. I can’t get enough of their Drumroll.

What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?

When I’m not at work (which is rare), I love spending time being active. I enjoy hiking and just general exploration of new towns and places, and meeting new people. Having a hobby in photography definitely encourages exploring.

What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?

Cape Cod Brewing. My family and I would travel out there for the summer, and we happened upon this brewery. We walked away with a growler and had a lobster dinner and Cape Cod beer. It was one of the most zen memories I have.

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