DRINK WITH THE WENCH PRESENTS:
The Beer Blogger Interview Series
Curious what goes on in the minds of your favorite beer bloggers? Well, The Beer Wench is and she has embarked upon a mission to interview as many beer bloggers that she can — from all over the world. Are you a beer blogger? Do you want to share your story? Send me an email!
Beer Blogger Interview
1. Where did you grow up?
Upstate NY, spent most summers and holidays in Manhattan.
2. What sports if any did you play growing up, through college and beyond?
Basketball, now I stick to beer pong and flip-cup
3. How old were you when you had your first beer?
Hmmm around 10 I believe
4. If you can recall, what is the story of your first beer? Where did you have it? What style and brand was it?
Was at a friend of the family’s lake-house and her son who was about 15 stole some beers from a cooler and we snuck off and drank one each, I wanna say it was a PBR. I remember thinking this is gross, but cool at the same time. What’s worse than the fact that it was a PBR, is what I was probably wearing in 1988.
5. Where, if applicable, did you go to college? What did you study? What additional activities, organizations, sports did you partake in during college?
Craft Beer Epiphany
Every craft beer enthusiast has at least one pinnacle craft beer experience that completely changes ones perspective on beer. I refer to this mind-blowing moment as a “craft beer epiphany.”
1. What was your first craft beer epiphany? Recall as many details about it as you can:
Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout! I was in a Piggly Wiggly in Boone, NC and my friend Geoff said, “you gotta try this” I did, fell in love, and the rest is history.
2. Have you have additional craft beer epiphanies since the first? Detail as many of them as you wish:
No not really, nothing is as good as the first, that pretty much goes for anything doesn’t it? I am always open for suggestions.
Beer Blog Background
1. How long have you been writing your beer blog?
About 6 months
2. What inspired you to start writing your blog?
A friend of mine that was building my site and helping me come up with ideas on where to even start with this whole BeerOnWheels plan, convinced me to do it. My love for Beer, tailgating, and drinking games made it easy.
3. Why did you choose the name of your blog?
It is the name of my soon-to-be beer delivery business.
4. What are you personal goals for your blog? What do you hope to achieve with it?
I hope if nothing else, it entertains or is helpful in some small capacity. I would love to see it take off, and allow me to meet new people. If at some point the business aspect of my site takes off, well then that would be a nice bonus.
5. What is one of the coolest things that happened to you as a result of being a beer blogger?
I have always had a thing for “little people” and the blog has allowed me to meet several. Actually, this interview is the first cool thing to happen.
6. What are you top 3 favorite beer blogs/beer websites?
There are so many, and thanks to twitter I found them. In no particular order:
1. What are your top 3 favorite beer styles?
English Ale, American Ale, and the occasional lager.
2.What are your top 3 favorite breweries?
Scottish and Newcastle, The Old Brewery at Tadcaster, and Coors (that’s what I play pong and flip-cup with)
3. If you could work with or for any one brewery, which one would it be and why?
Scottish and Newcastle, they produce my favorite beer.
4. Are you a homebrewer? If yes, what is the most unique and interesting beer recipes you’ve brewed as a homebrewer?
5. Do you have any beer certifications (BJCP, Cicerone, Siebel, American Brewers Guild)?? If so, what are they?
I’m not that cool, but if there if there is some sort of mastery certificate for beer pong or flip-cup I want in!
6. What is your favorite beer and food pairing?
I prefer a Bass to wash down a Hebrew National hotdog in Yankee Stadium.
The Personal Side
1. What is your current day job?
Sr. Account Executive at a technology company
2. If you could change your career at this very moment, without any restrictions on what you could do, what would you want to do and why?
I would be running a successful BeerOnWheels! I have always wanted to own my own business, and I love beer, so this makes sense.
3. Are you married? Children?
Not married, and have a beautiful 5 year old daughter-Brooklyn
4. Outside of beer and writing, what are some of your other hobbies?
Sports fan, Die hard Yankees and Buffalo Bills-this is the reason for my drinking!-kidding I go to a lot of Orlando Magic games, theme parks, and of course all of Brooklyn’s soccer games. We also watch a lot of MMA.
Off The Beaten Path
1. If you were a style of beer, what style would be an why?
A bitter one, did I mention I’m a Buffalo Bills fan?
2. You were caught smuggling beer illegally, which has now been made punishable by death. Right before you are sent to the executioner, you are offered one last beer. What beer would you chose and why?
Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout for several reasons. This is probably happening in a foreign country that may not have a bottle opener handy so it would buy me time, and because I would attempt to use the shiny foil to blind him and escape.
3. If I contracted you to brew a beer (or design a beer recipe) called “The Beer Wench” — what style would you chose and what, if any, extra ingredients would you add?
I would go with a pale ale, possibly add butter. Let’s be honest butter makes EVRYTHING better.
4. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would want to be able to control time and space. I would go back and right some wrongs, and spend more time with people that aren’t here now. Maybe fight Abe Lincoln on Tyler Durden’s behalf. Going back in time armed with the winning lotto numbers wouldn’t hurt either.
5. What is one of the craziest things you have ever done and lived to tell the story?
I once lied to security at Yankee stadium after a game, stating that I was waiting for a player; since I had player’s family seats (I know a guy). When he didn’t come out, convinced her that a private tour of Monument Park would ease my frustration. After taking a ton pictures I was able to grab some dirt off the warning track before being asked to leave. This was 2008, the stadium’s final season. Not the craziest, but for legal purposes will have to suffice.
6. What are your thoughts on bacon?
SPECIAL THANKS TO BRIAN FOR AN AWESOME INTERVIEW!