Wendy Brannstrom

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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 owner, assistant brewer, head keg washer, CFO, and dishwasher at Tennessee Valley Brewing Co. in Clarksville, Tenn. Pretty much all that needs to be done, I’m doing it. My husband and I opened the brewery after a series of layoffs from corporate America. We decided it was time to take our future into our own hands.

What’s new at Tennessee Valley?

We have started a monthly comedy night at the brewery.

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

The camaraderie that we all have in the craft brewing community. Yeah, there’s a little competition, but it’s all friendly and in good spirits. We all want to help each other succeed, because if one does, we all do.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

Snickers and a Scottish Export. We did a Halloween candy pairing and this was my favorite.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

Being a positive female role model for my niece. I’m showing her that with hard work and dedication, you can accomplish your dreams and be successful.

What’s your favorite beer from another brewery?

Bourbonic Plague by Cascade Brewing or Enigma from New Glarus.

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

The Czech Republic. Our friends knew the owner of Platan Brewing and they arranged a private tour. To see the old copper vessels and drink straight from the brights out of an old copper tankard was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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

What time away from the brewery? Usually when I’m not there we are spending time with friends drinking more beer.


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