The “Wenchternship”

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The “Wenchternship”

Published on April 11, 2009 with 8 Comments

I am constantly plagued by others questioning the direction and goals of my blog (and of my life). Most people want to know why I write it and what I want to do with it.

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I originally started The Beer Wench blog as a way for me to learn more about beer. Past experiences have shown me that I learn best when teaching and coaching others.  By taking on the role of “beer educator,” I was hoping to become more knowledgeable about beer.

At first, my focus was on sharing relevant and interesting beer knowledge, suggestions, and experiences with the rest of the online beer loving community. After awhile, events became an important component to the blog. And now, all of my experience and research has given me enough confidence to start posting reviews and tasting notes.

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The Beer Wench blog (and brand) has only been existent for a little over one year. And in that year, the blog and The Wench have both experienced tremendous growth and maturity.

As with my wine studies (I am very close to becoming a Certified Wine Specialist), my beer studies are mostly self-guided. And thus far, it seems to be working fairly well. BUT there is one thing that reading books and articles on the Internet cannot give me. And this is hands on experience in a brewery.

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Sure … I have taken several tours of breweries. I’ve read books and articles written by brewers. I have a pretty good understanding of what it takes to make beer.

Unfortunately, homebrewing is not feasible for me at this time. I would if I could, but current circumstances prevent me from being able to do it.

This brings me to the “wenchternship” idea.

I am looking for an opportunity to “intern” with a brewery. I want to learn everything about operating a brewery and making beer – from a hands on perspective. I want to learn about the process – from start to finish (from farm to table). I want to learn about the different methods and techniques for brewing. I want to learn about the machinery. I want to learn about the tasting process., the distrution process, the sales and marketing process, etc. I want to travel to beer festivals and ompetitions. I want to touch every aspect of the business.

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AND on top of that all, I want to document my “beer adventure” on my blog.

Lucky for me, I am still young (a ripe 25 – almost 26 years old). I have virtually no “responsibilities” in life (i.e. no children, no mortgage, no pets …) My personal expenses are relatively low (I have very few bills). I am at a perfect point in my life to travel and experience as much as I can – and that is my plan.

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And so let my search for an internship begin.

Spread the word! The Beer Wench wants to get her hands dirty! (Interested parties, please contact me at anytime via email: routson@gmail.com). 

 CHEERS!

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  1. I checked the websites for the two Breweries on the Cleveland area and I didn’t see any internship offers. Only saw for restaurant manager, accounting, etc. I will keep my ears open for anything.

  2. Here is some inspiration for you.

    http://roadbrewer.blogspot.com/

    I suggest you also brew with a few homebrewers.

    The concepts are the same but some of us have some tricks up our sleeves that the commercial places can’t touch.

  3. Sounds like someone secretly wants her fave brewery in Delaware to catch wind of this ;)

    Best of luck. Keep us updated!

  4. Naturally, I would love to infiltrate my top 5 (heck even my top 10) favorite breweries. But, I will look into anything that comes my way!

  5. Try contacting the Washington Beer Commission, http://www.washingtonbeer.com/ the brewers board is great for contacts.
    This is also an amazing event and contacts http://www.seattlebeerweek.com/people.htm

  6. I think you should be on the “Travel Channel” or the “Cooking Channel.” You’ve got the looks, personality, and drive. It’s a great way to see the world, sip by sip. I hope someone is watching and reading. You’re a money maker waiting to be discovered! Good Luck!

  7. Three words:

    Victory

    Victory

    VICTORY!

    Though I’m not sure that your liver or your cholesterol (BACON!) could withstand living in close proximity to me!

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  9. Hi Ashley,

    I don’t know what it is that is keeping you from home brewing but if you really are interested there is nothing that should hold you back. If its money you can brew great beer with starting equipment of under $30 (extract) and $60 with ingredients and that should give you at least a $100 worth of beer. If its time you need about 4 hours over 2 weeks (2 at the beginning and 2 at the end) and that is pretty flexable. If its space you need a closet or even a corner you can make dark that can hold bucket and/or bottles. I have heard a lot of excuses on why someone can’t brew but it can be done if you really want to. If you get a chance you should give it a try its a blast.

    GISBREWMASTER
    Matt C.

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