Archive | July, 2013

Meeting Jim Koch

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I’m at the Beer Bloggers Conference in Boston this weekend. Last night, we visited the Boston Beer Company, brewer of Samuel Adams, in Jamaica Plains. After an introduction by Julia Herz of the Brewers Association, and a Keynote Speech by Jim Koch, we had the opportunity to visit the barrel room and drink Sam Adams Utopias with the man, himself.

You can file that under memorable moments in the life of the Craft Beer Girl…

Craft Beer Jobs: Taproom Manager, Penrose Brewing Company

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Penrose Brewing Company, an independently owned microbrewery expected to open this Fall in Geneva, IL, is looking for a Taproom Manager to manage day-to-day operations in the taproom, as well as assist with community development, event management, and brewing operations. This will be a full-time, salaried position, scheduled to begin in September 2013. Salary will be based on experience.

The pursuit of balance inspires effort to bring order to random. Our lives are enriched by personal experience, some more common than others, but each as unique as the next. The collective becomes who we are, what we do, and how we remember. We liken our beers to these experiences.

Owners, Tom Korder and Eric Hobbs, come from Goose Island Beer Company, both working for years before the brewery was bought by AB-InBev in 2011. Together, with a shared obsession for skillfully brewed beer and a deep commitment to the art and science of craft brewing, Tom and Eric look forward to fostering a culture of positive, forward thinkers at Penrose Brewing. The 40 barrel brew house, located about an hour outside of Chicago, will focus on Belgian inspired session ales, oak barrel-aging, and alternative fermentation. I spoke with Eric this afternoon about the neighborhood. “It’s a river town,” he says, “The downtown area is full of small, independently owned businesses, boutique shopping, and great restaurants. The slow-food movement is taking off here, an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and a burgeoning craft beer market make Geneva a great place to be.” So, you think you’re Taproom Manager material? The job description points to “an industrious individual, intent on growing with the young brewery. Endless opportunity–meaning when you come on board you take a lead role and control your own destiny.” Click the link below for the complete job description and how to apply.

Taproom Manager Job Description

Application Deadline is Friday, August 2, 2013.

Read More About Penrose Brewing…

The Spirit of Rochester, NY

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This post is not entirely beer-related. However, to appreciate one’s city, celebrate its history, champion hard work and the spirit of service… that’s totally craft beer. So, in the spirit of craft beer, I bring you the spirit of Rochester, NY—my city.

Every so often I hear someone rag on Rochester; usually they say there’s nothing to do here. It seems to come mostly from people that grew up here, living in the suburbs, outside the vibrant life of the city. If you’re one of those people, I invite you to read the following text and reconsider Rochester, NY. Come to our city, experience it, and come to understand what many of us already know—The “get together” spirit is strong here. It’s in our neighborhoods, like The South Wedge and the Neighborhood of the Arts. It’s at The Public Market on Saturday mornings. It’s in our bars and restaurants, seen in the thoughtfully prepared menu’s full of quality, local ingredients. And it’s in our beer scene, close knit and accepting…. full of variety and quality, creativity and collaboration.

I recently stumbled upon The Book of Industrial Rochester, published for the Allied Trade Commissions of Great Britain, France, Italy and Belgium, on the occasion of their visit to Rochester, NY in November, 1919, under the auspices of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. In reading the introductory statements, which I’ve copied below, I found myself filled with emotion—an overwhelming sense of pride for the city I’ve come to call my home. Feelings of social contentedness and a sense of community, strengthened by words written nearly 100 years ago.

The Spirit of Rochester

To obtain recognition in these strenuous times one must carry his pedestal with him.
The meek and lowly may inherit the earth—later.

So said a commercial cynic recently. Rochester doesn’t need a pedestal in order to obtain recognition. It is a city that in the eyes of the knowing part of the world is set on a hill. Neither does Rochester desire to inherit the earth. It wants the earth to inherit Rochester.

Rochester is a young city. It was only a hundred years ago that a handful of pioneers settled in this beautiful valley of the Genesee at the brink of a great waterfall, and set up the beginnings of what is now the City of Rochester, the twenty-fifth city of the United States in size. The story of Rochester’s growth is not unlike the story of the growth of many other American cities. It is a story of enterprise and thrift coupled with an intense desire for advancement in education and the things which make life more worth while.

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Craft Beer Jobs: Regional Sales Manager, Terrapin Beer Co.

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Working in the craft beer industry is a dream for many beer lovers, but how do you land a job in such a sought-after industry? First, you have to know where to look. Now, just look here for posts marked Craft Beer Jobs. These sponsored posts are part of a new project I’m working on, that will connect beer lovers with jobs in the craft beer industry!

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Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Beer Company, located in Athens, Georgia, is dedicated to creating unique experiences through the passionate brewing of the finest-quality craft beers. The brewery was founded in 2002, by John Cochran & Brian “Spike” Buckowski, who met while working together at a microbrewery in Atlanta. These days John and Spike are enjoying Terrapin’s 40,000 square foot brewing facilities, including a new 100 BBL brewhouse. The year round line-up now includes Rye Pale Ale, Golden Ale (only in Georgia), Hopsecutioner, Tree Hugger, and RecreationAle. Visit the Terrapin Beer Co website for a full list of year round and seasonal offerings, as well as side projects and collaboration beers.

Craft Beer Jobs at Terrapin

Terrapin Beer Co. is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic craft beer sales manager to oversee the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. This is a full time position based out of Philadelphia. The Regional Sales Manager position is responsible for achieving key sales objectives through the managing of multiple distributors and aggressively growing new accounts. The position is responsible for managing the growth and development of the Terrapin Beer Company LLC product mix and brand value in a defined market area. The Regional Sales Manager must ensure that the Terrapin brand integrity and business model of ethical fair dealings with existing and targeted accounts is never compromised. The incumbent will report directly to the applicable Area Sales Director. Please see the link below for a full job description and required qualifications.

Regional Sales Manager Job Description

Application Deadline: Posting closes at 5 pm July 12, 2013.

Read More About Craft Beer Jobs at Terrapin Beer Co…