Beer Run: Craft beer jobs, winners and, wait, carding a 63-year-old?

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 9:02 PM

But if you wish to crack into the business, don’t bank on starting with one of the plum jobs. I just learned of a significant work promotion at – Ben Allgood has moved from production brewer to director of brewery operations.

Beer Run: Craft beer jobs, winners and, wait, carding a 63-year-old?

Wish to land a work in the craft beer industry? From the exterior looking in, it sure seems love a lot of fun. But if you wish to crack into the business, don’t bank on starting with one of the plum jobs.

I just learned of a significant work promotion at – Ben Allgood has moved from production brewer to director of brewery operations. I contacted owner Glynn Phillips to discover out what it takes to advance in the business. Allgood started at Rubicon about three years ago.

“Something people necessity to realize about the beer business is if you wish a work love that, you've to start at the bottom, and Ben did that,” he said. “He came in and started a minimum wage wrangling bottles, scrubbing floors and lifting sacks of grain.”

In his off hours, Allgood brewed at residence and brought some of his creations to work. He got noticed and moved up to brewer. Then he started giving his input on recipes and new beers. Again, what he did got noticed.

“Ben has been the voice of reason for a long time now,” Phillips added. “He was in the right space at the right time and his communications skills were very good.” Best of luck to Allgood in his new role.

You’d think this spell of warm weather would be excellent for beer sales. Of course it is – but there’s a limit. On the day I contacted Phillips at Rubicon, it was toasty warm. So I asked Phillips how the weather inspires people to buy beer.

“If it gets too hot – I think one hundred two or one hundred three is the limit – you just don’t go out at all. We’re much busier between ninety-five and one hundred two. That’s the sweet spot,” he said.

In the winter, if it’s freezing and raining, beer sales decline. “But if it clears up the following day, people arrive out in droves,” Phillips said.

Two Sacramento breweries represented in a large way at the recent LA International Beer Competition. apparently knows a thing or two about India pale ale. It won gold for American-style IPA, double IPA and session IPA. That’s domination! T7 also won bronze in the specialty honey beer category for its best-selling Bee Line Blonde and another bronze in specialty beer (won a silver).

won gold in Scottish-style ale for its Molly American Ruddy Ale and another gold in foreign-style stout for the favorite Homeland Stout.

These beers are available locally. I encourage you to discover out what impressed the judges so much.

I seem to running into another grand beer wherever I go. The two most recent were Galaxy Juice IPA at and Chenin Blanc IPA at . Both are top-notch. As many know by now, the red-hot Berkeley brewery is opening a tasting room in midtown Sacramento sometime this summer. If you wish to discover out what all the fuss is about, Fieldwork’s first official event in Sacramento will be at an upcoming Handle District shindig May two. No, the tasting room isn’t ready, but Fieldwork folks and their beer will be on hand.

Mulvaney’s B&L will bring a roasted pig to the alley (on the one thousand eight hundred obstruct between Capitol and L streets). It’ll be accompanied by a bagpipe procession and then be turned over to Zocalo and its mariachi band. The beer and food promises to be terrific. But if those two bands start jamming, consider bringing ear plugs. The party starts at sixth p. m. and costs $50.

Tickets have gone on sale for the second annual , Sept. 8-10 at the Sacramento Conference Center, with several price options for those attending. The inaugural event was a large hit and included all of the large names in CA beer. Expect bigger and better in Year 2.

Oh boy, when I heard that fellow Bee reporter Bill Lindelof and his wife, Victoria, got carded at, my immediate reaction was “rookie move” by the guy at the door. You see, Lindelof is sixty-three and has been in the newsroom for forty-four years. Sure, he stays out of the Sunday and probably moisturizes, but he’s older than craft beer. In fact, he’s two years older than founder Ken Grossman.

In Sactown Union’s defense, the favorite new brewery in E Sacramento is below strict directions from law enforcement to card everyone – even those born during the Truman administration. There have been complaints from people of all ages. Yes, it’s annoying to obtain asked for your ID when you couldn’t possibly be twenty.

Quinn Gardner, one of Sactown Union’s founders, is frustrated. Maybe law enforcement was stricter with the brewery’s conditional utilize permit because of its proximity to Sacramento State. But the brewery is revamping its policy, effective immediately. Call it the Lindelof Loophole. Now, if you show up to be forty or older, you won’t obtain carded. Whether you’re youthful or old, cherub-faced or leathery, obtain out there and support this promising new brewery. And bring your ID just in case.

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