Hi Amy and thanks for posting this for everyone and wow, what a great video. Best of luck in this process!What is the most interesting thing you've ever brewed?
Every year my brew club has a «Chopped Challenge» inspired by the Food Network show. They pick five ingredients and members must pick three to incorporate into a brew, then bring it to the next monthly club meeting. There is always an outlandish wildcard in the mix. Last year the options were matcha, avocado, mango, coriander, and the wildcard... Flaming Hot Cheetos. I didn't pick the last one
I did pick avocados, but decided to use them in an unexpected way -- the stones/pits are edible and are a bittering agent. So I gathered a dozen of them, boiled them slightly to soften them, smashed them and added it to the boil. The coriander was a gimmie since it isn't uncommon, so to mix it up, I not only incorporated the spice in the boil but I also used coriander honey when carbonating. Lastly, I used matcha in the bottling process, in hopes of retaining its green tea qualities. Surprisingly drinkable, which was in stark contrast to some of my colleague's FHC attempts! What is the beer you're most proud of?
It is a sentimental one, really. My wife gave birth to our daughter just a year ago and I brewed an American Wheat with blood oranges and bergamot bitters for the pending arrival. Once she was born, I took a photo of her for the label and passed them out instead of cigars (does anyone pass out cigars, anyway?). So not only was it very personal for me, but it was also a really nice beer! What is your favorite part about working in the brewing industry? (may not be relevant to all)
I do not work in the brewing industry but let me at least take the opportunity to say as a small business owner how challenging it is to own, and how demanding it is to work, in brewing today. Serious props to the brewers and to the many small business suppliers, malters, suppliers, and hundreds of homebrew shops that make our passions possible.Do you have experience with other nonprofits?
I currently sit on the vestry of a church that owns and manages a city block in the West Village neighborhood of New York City. That includes not only the church functions and community outreach operations themselves but also their real estate holdings that include a private school, multiple multi-family rental properties, a community garden, and a high-end co-operative development. It is a complex, multi-million dollar organization that I am a key decision-maker for. In addition to having direct input into the budget and operations (it is sort of like a board of directors to a corporation, although not exactly), I also head or am a part of ad hoc committees that address personnel, stewardship and outreach issues in greater detail.
While not a decision-maker, I am an active member of the Park Slope Food Co-Op. The PSFC is a 17,000-member food co-operative located in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn that is member-run and managed. I work in the office as part of my mandatory volunteer work requirements and have also been involved in organizing several environmental initiatives within the organization. The PSFC is infamously democratic and full of a wide range of diverse and competing voices. It's important to make sure everyone is heard and decisions are balanced as openly as possible for everyone.
In a similar strain, I actively organize events with another neighborhood organization, Park Slope Parents. PSP is a 9,000-member organization of families in the area. I have organized events for Dads surrounding beer (of course). For stay-at-home Dads, I work with local taprooms to host fathers and their little ones in a safe manner. And for all Dads, I have organized large brewing parties at our local homebrew supply store (they offer on-premise brewing). I'm still working on organizing Mom-centric brewing events because many do not even know what they are missing. Give me some time, or throw me some tips if anyone reading this has them.
In that past, I have been on the organizing committee and an active volunteer for a wide range of community organizations, from homeless shelters, food pantries, pet rescue organizations and those around food sustainability and access. I am proud to have been able to be a part of them when and where I can.