Q&A with Craft Beer Lovers: Jennie Cook from Discover Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Beer Week

If Jennie Cook is the Operations Director for Discover Kalamazoo, and in case you were wondering, her favorite color Crayola Crayon is “Beaver”.

Featuring: Jennie Cook 

Director of Operations 

Discover Kalamazoo

 

Q: What style of craft beer do you prefer?

A: A Stout.

Q: What is your favorite craft beer festival to go to?

A: Great Taste of the Midwest.

Q: Pick three of your favorite breweries.  1) Live in one. 2) Brew at one. 3) Throw a party at one. GO!

A: 1) Right Brain 2)Odd Side  3) Darkhorse.

Q: If you had to pick one single brewery to drink for the rest of your time on this planet, what would you choose?

A: Odd Side.

Q: If stranded on an island – what five things would you want to have with you?

A: An unlimited power source, and I pad full of books and music, and my Min Pin.

Q: If Ron Burgundy were to drink a craft beer after a long day of reading the news, what would he drink?

A: A Scotchy Scotch, Scotch Whiskey Barrel-Aged Stout.

Q: What is your favorite crayon color? (And yes. We are talking the crazy Crayola names.)

A: Beaver.

Q: If you could bring one famous person back from the dead, who would it be and why?

A: Phil Hautman- he was funny.

Q: If you could hang out with a brewer from any brewery in the world, who would it be?

A:Gerard Adriaan Heineken- so I can tell him his beer tastes like sh**.

Q: Pick your favorite song. Now pick a craft beer to pair with said song. (And if you are feeling fancy you may throw in a paired food as well to make for the perfect setting)

A: “Hell is Chrome” by Wilco, Mayan Mocha Stout, Pepperoni Pizza Rolls.

Q&A with Craft Beer Lovers: Nate Melvin from Discover Kalamazoo

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Nate Melvin is a Sales manager with Discover Kalamazoo. The style of craft beer he prefers? The good kind!

Featuring: Nate Melvin

Sales Manager

Discover Kalamazoo

 

Q: What style of craft beer do you prefer?

A: The good kind

Q: What is your favorite craft beer festival to go to?

A: KBW(duh)

Q: Pick three of your favorite breweries.  1) Live in one. 2) Brew at one. 3) Throw a party at one. GO!

A: 1) Mom’s basement 2)Coffee Pot 3) A house made of Tupperware

Q: What would be your idea of the greatest mix-6 pack?

A: One that comes with free refills and the beer labels are actually $1,000 bills.

Q: If craft beer styles had personalities, which one would throw the best party?

A: IPA- Insane Party Authority

Q: If by some unknown mysterious reason your all-time favorite craft beer were no longer available, what would be your second choice?

A: I guess I could just sit here and stare at the wall.

Q:  If you had the opportunity to buy Chuck Norris the best beer he would ever drink – What would it be?

A: Roundhouse from Bell’s (Boom!)

Q: If you had to pick one single brewery to drink for the rest of your time on this planet, what would you choose?

A: I don’t drink breweries─ I drink beer!

Q: If you could make a craft beer commercial about your favorite brewery with a celebrity, what and who would it be?

A: Probably Newman’s Own with Paul Newman… Does that exist?

Q: If stranded on an island – what five things would you want to have with you?

A: I’m not allowed a full six pack?

Q: If Ron Burgundy were to drink a craft beer after a long day of reading the news, what would he drink?

A: Mahogany-aged Double Red Ale

Q: What is an ingredient that should be added to beer that has never been done?

A: Dinosaur Eggs

Q: Where is Waldo?

A: Inside every one of us.

Q: What is your favorite crayon color? (And yes. We are talking the crazy Crayola names.)

A: Burnt Sienna.

Q: If you were a craft beer, what would you be and why?

A: Delicious─ otherwise why bother?

Q: Do you have a pet named after a favorite craft brew or style? If so, SHOW & TELL! If not, what pet would you wish to have and what would you name it?

A: Yep, his name is Cedric. Named after a Red Rice Cider that has yet to be brewed.

Q: What is your favorite craft beer memory (PG-13 or not, I’m no prude)?

A: That time I drank one─ that was a good time─ and then there was that other time…

Q: If you could bring one famous person back from the dead, who would it be and why?

A: Who are you to play god???

Q: If you could hang out with a brewer from any brewery in the world, who would it be?

A: I kinda like our local guys, probably would just stay here.

Q: Pick your favorite song. Now pick a craft beer to pair with said song. (And if you are feeling fancy you may throw in a paired food as well to make for the perfect setting)
“Lines In The Sand” by Dream Theater with a Crooked Tree and a Corn Dog!

Q&a with Craft Beer Lovers: Jay Morris with Midwest Communications Inc. – Z96-5 Radio

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Jay Morris is Brand Manager, on air morning talent, writer of Beer Blog on Z96-5 FM.COM. His idea of the greatest mix-6 pack would be all beers he’s never tried!

Brand Manager, on air morning talent, writer of Beer Blog

Z96-5 FM.COM

 

Q: What style of craft beer do you prefer?

A: Depends, summer I am all about IPA’s, winter I go into my Stouts and Porter season

Q: What is your favorite craft beer festival to go to?

A: Haven’t been to many, but really enjoyed the Kalamazoo Craft beer Festival at Wings Stadium

Q: Pick three of your favorite breweries.  1) Live in one. 2) Brew at one. 3) Throw a party at one. GO!

A:

  1. Live in: Bells
  2. Brew at:  Yuengling
  3. Throw a Party at: Founders

Q: What would be your idea of the greatest mix-6 pack?

A: It would feature all beers that I have never tried

Q:. If craft beer styles had personalities, which one would throw the best party?

A: An american pale ale, you’d go in with little expectations, but it would surprise you in the end

Q: If by some unknown mysterious reason your all-time favorite craft beer were no longer available, what would be your second choice?

A: Can’t decide between Moon Man from New Glarus, or huma lupa licious from Shorts

Q: If you had the opportunity to buy Chuck Norris the best beer he would ever drink – What would it be?

A: Hop slam

Q: If you had to pick one single brewery to drink for the rest of your time on this planet, what would you choose?

A: Bells

Q: If you could make a craft beer commercial about your favorite brewery with a celebrity, what and who would it be?

A: Bells with Johnny Depp (as Capt. Jack Sparrow)

Q: If stranded on an island – what five things would you want to have with you?

A: 1. water 2. hops 3. grain 4. yeast 5. a bucket

Q: If Ron Burgundy were to drink a craft beer after a long day of reading the news, what would he drink?

A: Dirty Bastard from Founders

Q: What is an ingredient that should be added to beer that has never been done?

A: Quinoa ( and yes I had to look up how to spell it)

Q: Where is Waldo?

A: Not in my kitchen

Q: What is your favorite crayon color? (And yes. We are talking the crazy Crayola names.)

A: Green- I know BORING!

Q: If you were a craft beer, what would you be and why?

A: Two Hearted from Bells, because everyone would love me.

Q: Do you have a pet named after a favorite craft brew or style? If so, SHOW & TELL! If not, what pet would you wish to have and what would you name it?

A: I would have a dog named Stout

Q: What is your favorite craft beer memory (PG-13 or not, I’m no prude)?

A: Can’t narrow to one but some  highlights:

First amber ale in 1998 changed what I drank from that moment on

First Hopslam, welcome to the wonderful world of hops

First 3 Dirty Bastard’s WOW this packs a wallop!

Q: If you could bring one famous person back from the dead, who would it be and why?

A: Benjamin Franklin, just to see how much he really did drink

Q: If you could hang out with a brewer from any brewery in the world, who would it be?

A: Tough question but  I think Joe Short

Q: Pick your favorite song. Now pick a craft beer to pair with said song. (And if you are feeling fancy you may throw in a paired food as well to make for the perfect setting)

A: Learn to Fly from the Foo Fighters, Two Hearted, deep dish sausage Pizza from Lou Malnatis

 

 

Q&A with craft beer lovers: Kayla Saviano with West Side Beer Distributing

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Kayla Saviano is a Sales Representative with West Side Beer Distributing.

Featuring: Kayla Saviano

Sales Representative

West Side Beer Distributing

Q: What style of craft beer do you prefer?

A: Farmhouse Ales

Q: If craft beer styles had personalities, which one would throw the best party?

A: New Belgium

Q: If stranded on an island – what five things would you want to have with you?

A: Beer, Donkey, Rib eye steak, Gun.

Q: If Ron Burgundy were to drink a craft beer after a long day of reading the news, what would he drink?

A: Oddside Ales Bean Flicker

Q: What is an ingredient that should be added to beer that has never been done?

A: Sour Patch Kids

Q: What is your favorite crayon color? (And yes. We are talking the crazy Crayola names.)

A: Macaroni and Cheese!

 

Q&A with craft beer lovers: Kelli Harden-Klenotic with New Holland Brewing

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Kelli is a Beer Ambassador for New Holland Brewing. ” I’ll never forget that first sip! Grapefruit deliciousness! I was hooked and have never looked back.”

Featuring: Kelli Harden-Klenotic 

Beer Ambassador

New Holland Brewing Company

Q: What style of craft beer do you prefer?

A: I’m a sucker for sour beers… they’re the best!

Q: What is your favorite craft beer festival to go to?

A: I love the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Fest in Ypsilanti; that is my stomping grounds!

Q:If Ron Burgundy were to drink a craft beer after a long day of reading the news, what would he drink?

A: A New Holland Dragon’s Milk!  Cozy, boozy and just as seductive as him!

Q: If you were a craft beer, what would you be and why?

A: I would be New Holland’s Incorrigible Reserve!  Pink, bubbly, refreshing and just a little fruity!

Q: What is your favorite craft beer memory (PG-13 or not, I’m no prude)?

A: I remember when I tasted my first craft beer, it was at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor when I was going to college there.  I was with a group of friends and ordered a Founders Red’s Rye. I’ll never forget that first sip!  Grapefruit deliciousness!  I was hooked and have never looked back.

Q: If you could bring one famous person back from the dead, who would it be and why?

A: Freddy Mercury from Queen for sure!  We have the same birthday, and he is my favorite musician of all time.  I best we would have a blast sharing some delicious brews and listening to awesome jams!

 

 

 

Q&A with craft beer lovers: T.J. Waldofsky from One Well Brewing

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T.J. Waldofsky (on right) is co-owner of One Well Brewing. T.J. Has recently fulfilled a dream with co-owner Chris of opening a microbrewery.

Featuring: T.J. Waldofsky

 Co-Owner

One Well Brewing

 

Q:  What style of craft beer do you prefer?

A: We love all styles of beer here at One Well Brewing. Chris (my business partner and the mastermind behind the brewing) are suckers for a nicely-hopped craft brew, but we also enjoy malty beers and experimental varieties.

Q: What is your favorite craft beer festival to go to?

A: Any festival with Michigan craft beer. We’re excited to be featuring One Well Brewing beer at the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival in Grand Rapids this February.

Q: Pick three of your favorite breweries. 1) Live in one. 2) Brew at one. 3) Throw a party at one. GO!

A: 1) Huma Lupa Licious by Short’s; 2) Chris’ (our awesome brewmaster) Xalapa (Jalapeno

Blonde); 3) Myan Mocha Stout by Odd Side Ales

Q: What would be your idea of the greatest mix-6 pack?

A: I would need more than a 6-pack. There are too many awesome Michigan craft beers to choose from!

Q: If craft beer styles had personalities, which one would throw the best party?

A: Sessions beers. They keep the party going.

Q: If by some unknown mysterious reason your all-time favorite craft beer were no longer available, what would be your second choice?

A: Sobriety.

Q: If you had the opportunity to buy Chuck Norris the best beer he would ever drink – What would it be?

A: A beer brewed with Chuck Norris sweat.

Q: If you had to pick one single brewery to drink for the rest of your time on this planet, what would you choose?

A: Bell’s.

Q:  If you could make a craft beer commercial about your favorite brewery with a celebrity, what and who would it be?

A: Bell’s with Larry Bell. He is basically a celebrity in my mind.

Q: If stranded on an island – what five things would you want to have with you?

A: My wife, Bella. My dog, Frank. My Havianna’s (flip flops). A ton of water. All Day IPA by Founder’s.

Q: If Ron Burgundy were to drink a craft beer after a long day of reading the news, what would he drink?

A: Something aged in a bourbon barrel.

Q: What is an ingredient that should be added to beer that has never been done?

A: Popcorn.

Q: Where is Waldo?

A: Hiding in my last name (Waldofsky)

Q: What is your favorite crayon color? (And yes. We are talking the crazy Crayola names.)

A: Chartreuse. I’m not even sure what color that is, but it is a really cool name.

Q:  If you were a craft beer, what would you be and why?

A: A duece of Chipolte Ale by Rogue. It is spicy and smooth. I’m neither of those things, but aspire to be.

Q:  Do you have a pet named after a favorite craft brew or style? If so, SHOW & TELL! If not, what pet would you wish to have and what would you name it?

A: His name is Frank. After Frank Sinatra though.

Q:  What is your favorite craft beer memory (PG-13 or not, I’m no prude)?

A: Fulfilling a dream with Chris of opening a microbrewery.

Q:  If you could bring one famous person back from the dead, who would it be and why?

A: Thomas Jefferson. We have the same initials and he liked good beer.

Q: If you could hang out with a brewer from any brewery in the world, who would it be?

A: Scott and Evan from Latitude 42. They are super cool dudes.

Q: Pick your favorite song. Now pick a craft beer to pair with said song. (And if you are feeling fancy you may throw in a paired food as well to make for the perfect setting)

A: Little Dune Buggy by Presidents of The United States of America. Midwestern Pale Ale by Bell’s.

Q & A with Craft Beer Lovers: Zach Typinski from Oskar Blues Brewery

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Zach Typinski is a MI Sales Rep. for Oskar Blues Brewery. “I prefer yeast driven styles, specifically Saison for its versatility in the kettle and its ability to pair with just about any food you throw at it.”

Featuring: Zach Typinski

MichiCAN Sales Rep

 Oskar Blues Brewery

Q:What style of craft beer do you prefer?

A: I prefer yeast driven styles, specifically Saison for its versatility in the kettle and its ability to pair with just about any food you throw at it.

Q: What is your favorite craft beer festival to go to?

A: Michigan Winter Beer Fest because you’re a real die hard if you stand in the freezing cold and drink all day.

Q: Pick three of your favorite breweries.

A: 1) Live in one. 2) Brew at one. 3) Throw a party at one. GO!

Q: What would be your idea of the greatest mix-6 pack?

A:The perfect six pack should represent a variety of different styles that directly relate to how you plan on enjoying each and every one. Whether it be with gourmet food or hiking on the trails you want each beer to meet the occasion and enhance your experience.

Q: If craft beer styles had personalities, which one would throw the best party?

A: Definitely IPA, because everybody’s already at that party!

Q: If you could bring one famous person back from the dead, who would it be and why?

A: Bradley Nowell of Sublime, one last soulful set.

Q: If you could hang out with a brewer from any brewery in the world, who would it be?

A: Vinnie Cilurzo from Russian River to figure out how the hell he crams so much hop flavor in to Pliny.

Q & A with Craft Beer Lovers: Zach Jacob from New Belgium Brewing Company

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Zach Jacobs is a Beer Ranger for New Belgium. His favorite festival is Michigan Brewer’s Guild summer beer festival in Ypsilanti.

Featuring: Zack Jacob

 Beer Ranger

New Belgium Brewing Company

 

Q:What style of craft beer do you prefer?

A: The next one!

Q:What is your favorite craft beer festival to go to?

A: I would have to say the Michigan Brewer’s Guild summer beer festival in Ypsilanti. Everybody brings their best beer, the people are fun, and most importantly it’s within walking distance from my house.

Q:What would be your idea of the greatest mix-6 pack?

A: I would have to pick 3 beers that I know I love. Ranger IPA (New Belgium), Jackhammer (Arbor Brewing Co), and Big Red Coq (Brewery Vivant). For the other half, I would like to have 3 beers that I’ve never had before.

Q:If you were a craft beer, what would you be and why?

A: Dry Irish Stout. Let’s just say that my slacks are wider than they are long.

Q: If Ron Burgundy were to drink a craft beer after a long day of reading the news, what would he drink?

A: A Scotchy Scotch Scotch ale. Here it goes down, down into my belly.

Q: If craft beer styles had personalities, which one would throw the best party?

A: Barley wine, c’mon. He IS the party.

 

 

Q & A with Craft Beer Lovers: Onawa Gardiner with West Side Beer Distributing

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Onawa Gardiner is the Marketing Manager of West Side Beer Distributing. “I usually have an amber on hand at home since it is so easy to pair with a wide variety of dishes.”

Featuring: Onawa Gardiner

Marketing Manager

West Side Beer Distributing

 

Q: What style of craft beer do you prefer?

A: I prefer the Pokemon method – gotta catch ‘em all. But I usually have an amber on hand at home since it is so easy to pair with a wide variety of dishes. I’ve been dabbling more in sours and pilsners, which are two styles where I’ve noticed significant growth as the craft movement continues to grow and expand and our palates evolve to register more than just bold and bitter hops.

Q:What would be your idea of the greatest mix-6 pack?

A: A well-rounded 6-pack highlighting prime examples of core styles while adding in one or two crazy concoctions for fun.

Q: If craft beer styles had personalities, which one would throw the best party?

A: Session IPA because it would go on forever and no one would get crazy drunk. Bonus would be the absence of a hangover in the morning.

Q: If stranded on an island – what five things would you want to have with you?

 A: A knife. Knifes are incredibly practical and then I would be able to stab little fishies in the water and eat them Bear Grylls style. I also would use it to stab and eat/drink coconuts. My stranded island is chock-full of them.

Other than the knife, I would make sure to have a towel, a lighter, fireworks (much more fun than a distress signal) and a giant stash of beer that a pirate buried on the island to cellar.

Q: If you were a craft beer, what would you be and why?

A: An aged sour. Because I’m old and bitter with a sour attitude- before I have my coffee in the morning.

Q: What is your favorite craft beer memory (PG-13 or not, I’m no prude)?

A: Pretty much anytime I’m with my coworkers drinking beer I’m pretty happy since everyone gets along so well and we have a lot of fun as a team. There’ve been a few instances where I’ve cried at the bar from laughing so hard from one of their jokes.

If I had to pick one I would say just this past October I celebrated turning a quarter century old by swimming in Lake Michigan while drinking Dr. Lacto from Perrin Brewing Co. and eating with Honeycrisp Apples with Cheddar Cheese. The company, sun, swim, sour and Sharp Cheddar Cheese/Crisp Apple combination was a perfect pairing.

Q&A with craft beer lovers: Anne Drummond with Imperial Beverage

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Anne Drummond is the Marketing and PR Manager for Imperial Beverage and a true craft-beer lover.

Featuring: Anne Drummond

KBW Organizer / Imperial Marketing / Public Relations Director

Imperial Beverage

 

Q: What style of craft beer do you prefer?

A: I love hops and malts. I function from both sides of the brain, and apparently the palate! There’s nothing like an awesome, bitter IPA on a hot day, or a malty brown ale when the weather turns crisp. I love it all!

Q: What is your favorite craft beer festival to go to?

A: I had the opportunity last year to visit Denver for the Craft Brewers Conference. It was an amazing gathering of like mindedness, where you could lose yourself in conversations about yeast strains and original gravity. Cheers to that!

Q: If craft beer styles had personalities, which one would throw the best party?

A: I think the Sour style would throw the best party ever. It’s sweet, tangy, awesome, and always a surprise. Those parties would have sass.

Q: If you had to pick one single brewery to drink for the rest of your time on this planet, what would you choose?

A: I can’t pick one. But two? Two I could do. Avery and Stone. Stone and Avery. I am salivating as I type…

Q: Where is Waldo?

A: At the library. Or the stadium. He appears to have cloned himself…

Q: What is your favorite crayon color? (And yes. We are talking the crazy Crayola names.)

A: Thistle.

Q: Do you have a pet named after a favorite craft brew or style? If so, SHOW & TELL! If not, what pet would you wish to have and what would you name it?

A: My dog’s name is Stout. She also goes by Stouty-Girl, Pupperoni, and Sweet Girl. She loves long walks, orange and purple Frisbees, and belly scratches, along with a nice game of tug. She’s the best dog ever.

Stout the dog!

Stout the dog!