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Get to Know Our Delivery Driver/ Bartender, Chris!

As we mentioned when we spotlit Billy, many of the things that make Cerebral Brewing function often go unseen. Kegs and cases don’t just magically appear at all your favorite spots and that’s where our Delivery Driver extraordinaire, Chris, comes in! Chris joined the team near the beginning of the year after leaving @brightideasbrewing and Rural Massachusetts for the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He has been a much welcomed addition to the crew even if he is slapping everyone around in this year’s Fantasy Football League…Check out our blog post now and get to know Chris a little better or come on by the taproom tonight while he puts on his second hat here at the brewery and pours some beers behind the bar. Who knows, maybe he’ll share his fantasy football secrets with you!

GET TO KNOW CHRIS A LITTLE BETTER WITH A Q/A BELOW!

1) HOW/WHY DID YOU MAKE YOUR WAY INTO THE CRAFT BREWING INDUSTRY?

I had just decided to make my next pivot after working in higher Ed and fine art gallery management when COVID first hit. My local brewery, Bright Ideas Brewing, needed help delivering one day a week and the timing worked out. I was able to work my way into a full time role on a team of 5 by the time the pandemic was in full swing and I haven’t looked back since!

2) WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN CRAFT BEER?

I genuinely love the community. Before vaccines were rolled out we made the big move to Denver from rural Massachusetts, the service industry community has been a huge part of why I feel like I’ve hit the ground running. My work takes me so many places and I get to meet so many great people because of it. I’m really grateful for so many of the experiences I’ve had along the way. Oh, and our beer is pretty good and I get to talk about it all day.

3) WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE DOING IF YOU HAD NOT JOINED THE CEREBRAL TEAM?

I’m not sure where I’d be, honestly. I joined the team just over a month after moving during a pretty intense job hunt. I got a few other offers and lent a hand at other breweries, but I’m very happy to have landed where I am. I think we have an incredible team. I suppose if I hadn’t secured employment in the craft beer industry I might have gone back to working with data, but I hope to use that background as I advance in this industry as opposed to applying it elsewhere.

4) WHAT IS ONE PART OF THE LOGISTICS SIDE OF A BREWERY THAT YOU THINK GOES UNNOTICED?

I think the area that deserves more attention is the flexibility every level of our operation has had to employ during the changing circumstances of the last two years. I know every industry has had to pivot, but I think the brewing industry has shown tremendous resolve in regards to making it work. I can think of no better example than watching the front of house step up at every establishment I’ve worked at or with over the course of my employment in the craft beer industry through changing guidelines and sometimes impossible circumstances.

5) WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WITH YOUR TIME OUTSIDE THE BREWERY?

I’m a very passionate home chef and pet parent. I’m a huge homebody but I love experiencing all the Denver metro area has to offer as well. I’ve been a long time visitor to Colorado having had family here for many years, but I’m really enjoying the pace of life out here and the quality of our outdoor opportunities. Like mostly everyone else though I read and play video games and watch Netflix in front of the fireplace when I’m looking for some serious downtime.

6) FAVORITE BEER OF ALL TIME

My good friend Connor Johnson of Bright Ideas Brewing made my favorite recipe on Pink Boots brew day in 2020. A Norwegian farmhouse ale originally called 19th Amendment became Northern Brights, a turbid pale ale with levity of body and incredibly crisp and bright flavor. Fermented with Kveik and dry hopped by a rotating cast of Southern Hemisphere hops, it’s the beer I miss the most from home and every sip I get takes me right back.