It's been a little over a month now since I started a new job. I can tell my life has changed by the way I read/post on this forum. Don't know if anyone noticed, but I haven't been posting hardly at all for the last 5 weeks or so. And it seems like I'm not having the time to read every post like I used to. I don't think it's just me though, this forum has grown & become much more active. That's a very, very good thing... but I'm not having the constant computer access or time to keep up like I used to.
I am now selling liquor. What a change! Opening up more to the spiritual side of life
I've started working for Liquor Group Florida, a small niche distributor out of Jacksonville. We don't sell the big name brands at all, no Crown, Jack, Smirnoff, etc. It's all products that I hadn't heard of before - and neither have the liquor store owners, bars & restaurants that I'm targeting. We sell more unusual & unique products, things new to the market, smaller distilleries, some of the new American micro-distilleries. Couple that with the fact that I have a large territory that has been previously very, very underworked and so it's been a challenge. Also, August has been very slow. Summers always are, but coupled with the current economy, the stores all seem to be reordering just what they've sold, nothing new. Still, I've been selling enough to get by.
But Sept is here, along with football season and all the drinking & partying that brings. Especially here in Gainesville & North Central Florida. The Gator Nation does seem to like its alcohol. I'm on commission only (plus a little for gas/car/phone) & currently not making enough money, but I've got hopes that things will start picking up soon. I'm certainly enjoying work a lot more than previously & that's worth a lot. Willing to give it a few more months & see if it's going to work long term.
We've got some great products - an amazing range of tequilas, a couple of good rums, several good vodkas, gins, wines, liqueurs, whisky, etc. Side benefit is I'm drinking some new and interesting things - gotta build my product knowledge, right?
For example, this afternoon we had a simple but awesome lunch. Sardines on pumpernickel rolls, some perfectly ripe honeydew melon, and a couple of dirty martinis made made with Crater Lake Desert Juniper Gin from a small micro-distillery in Oregon. They pick the juniper berries wild in the high desert, distill in pot stills. Very soft, flavorful gin. I just barely coated the inside of chilled martini glasses with a dry vermouth, and used habanero olives & a bit of the brine. Yummy!
Starting next month we'll be representing 3 or 4 of the best independent bottlers of single malt whisky... Signatory, Murray McDavid, etc. I can't wait! Single malts are a passion for me and it's going to be a blast.
Anyway, this has been a long, non-brewing related post but I feel really close to y'all and wanted to let you know why I haven't been posting much of late. This forum is truly wonderful. When TechTalk shut down, I was skeptical about the forum but it didn't take long for me to love it. Y'all are great and I'll try to keep up, but probably won't be posting much till I get more on top of this new situation.
if you're still reading, thanks!