Thursday, April 25, 2013

Meet the Brewery - Brooke Edition

Brooke - The hidden team member
Brooke is both a very long-time member of the team, but also a sometimes hidden part of the brewery.  Brooke was not the first person hired at Coeur d'Alene Brewing Company, but she definitely is the longest lasting.  Before joining us as just a young lass, Brooke was born in Elko, Nevada and then raised in Coeur d'Alene.  She earned a degree in Communications from Lewis-Clark State College, where they not only passed along some good information, but also must have taught her to face most challenges with a smile on her face.

She joined the brewery in 2000 and has had a whole bunch of titles and duties along the way.  At various times, she has been the Marketing Manager, the Manager of the Brewpub, the Payroll Administrator (not only for us, but three restaurants and a construction company) and this year is taking on responsibility for all of the bookkeeping/accounting for the brewery, which includes all of accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and all of our state and federal reporting.

Why is this last job funny to Brooke?  Her is what she had to say about it, "On my first day as Marketing Manager for the brewery, almost 13 years ago, I remember telling Gage that I could do just about any job as long as it didn’t involve doing math. So, naturally, I’m now in charge of everything that has to do with math and accounting for the company."

Wait, does being in charge of the books for the brewery involve math?  Oops.  My bad.
The gang's all here - Brooke is in white.

What else does Brooke have to say?  Let's ask a few questions and learn a bit more about Brooke.

Which is your favorite beer?  Coeur d'Alene Brewing's VB Stout.

Do you have any guilty pleasures you are willing to share? Real Housewives (of any city) and Dr. Pepper.

What do you like to do outside of life at the brewery?  I spend most of my time outside of work as a taxi driver, cook and maid for my 7 and 10-year-old daughters and my husband, but I try to run whenever possible. I’ll be running my third half marathon in September.

Any other thoughts on the world of beer?  I’m amazed by the difference in attitudes about craft beers between 2000 and today.  It used to be that if a restaurant had five tap handles, four were domestics and one was for rotating micros. Now it is the opposite.  It’s exciting to see how things have changed over the years.

Brooke may be behind the scenes, but things would quickly grind to halt without her.  Brooke can always be counted on to give honest, reasoned and thoughtful input and her years in the trenches continue to be a benefit to the whole team as we make our plans (and hopefully pay all our bills).

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