What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
After falling in love with lagers in Bavaria and real ale in London, I started my craft beverage career in Portland, Maine, where I ran the taproom, events, and outreach programs for Rising Tide Brewing Company. After moving to Washington, I dove into the wine world before returning to the beer industry as director of communications for Seattle’s iconic Pike Brewing Company.
What’s new at Pike Brewing?
In October 2019, Pike Brewing celebrated 30 years. It’s exciting to be part of a business that helped pave the way for America’s craft beer revolution, as well as part of a team that’s looking toward the future.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The folks who challenge and support me to create positive social change within the industry.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
One of my favorite food and beer pairing experiences is Pike Brewing’s annual Planned Parenthood fundraiser, Women in Beer. The most popular event of Seattle Beer Week, Women in Beer highlights women in the local food and beverage industry with a tasting-style event. Last year we raised $18,000 for Planned Parenthood.
What’s your favorite beer from another brewery?
One of my favorite beers is Orval. I love a consistently well-made beer that’s flavorful yet restrained, and Orval’s perfect bottle conditioning and subtle Brett character impress me every time. Plus, it pairs elegantly with virtually every food.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
I like to make things, including art. One of my favorite things to draw is women and non-binary folks enjoying beer. You can find my art on Instagram at @StasiaBrew.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
I had the amazing opportunity to fall in love with beer while living abroad. Drinking bottles of Augustiner Helles cooled in Munich’s Isar River remains one of the most affordable and best things in the world a beer geek can do.