So I had a long touchy-feely post about leaving behind newspapers and freelance for my new job in beer, but you know what? It was time to move on. I learned so much from it, but I wouldn’t be honest if I said I wasn’t glad it’s behind me, especially the sad assignments. I may be done with news, but I’m not hanging up my cameras.
I just signed on to be the taproom manager at Penrose Brewing Company in Geneva. Being a startup — it’s just the two founders and now me — I’ll be handling a lot of photography and videography for our marketing materials when I’m not pouring beer in the taproom.
I hadn’t really told many people I even applied for the job so it would suck less if I didn’t get it. But last Monday I showed up to pour our beer at an industry event and there was a look of confusion on my friends’ faces as I was pouring from the jockey box, but the high-fives, hugs and heartfelt congrats I received when I told them why I was there is something I won’t soon forget.
My friend John Barley from Solemn Oath said “Welcome to the family,” and that’s exactly what it feels like I’m joining in the craft beer industry.
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