BeerTender Tuesday #1: Nathan

(Editor’s Note: We’re starting a new section in our blog highlighting the awesome people who work here. We hope you’ll enjoy getting to know them better!)

What do you do at Joyride?

What day of the week is it? I have been with Joyride since shortly after we started construction on the building, where I helped with some of the construction before we opened our doors.   Since our opening, I have been behind the bar and also began learning the brewing process.  I have worked with Billy, the bar manager, on the development of our tap room and even helped supervise for a time.  Dave,  co-owner and Brewmaster, has spent a lot of time teaching me the brewing process and has even allowed me to create some of my own recipes. I helped create So Fresh and So Cream with my former brewing partner Jake, Tour Time Barleywine, and will be brewing another recipe in early March.  Since May of 2016, I have started my transition into my new position as Craft Suds Slinger and will be working closely with Grant, co-owner and Operations Manager, to head up our sales and distribution.

Where are you from, and when did you move to Colorado?

I am originally from Columbus, Ohio. O-H!!!! I have also lived in Texas and Chicago.  I moved out here in November of 2012

Why did you move to Colorado?

Warrants.  Only kidding.   I have been coming out here to snowboard since I was 13 and fell in love with Colorado instantly.  In 2012 I woke up one day and realized I hated my job so I put my notice in and left for Denver a few months later.  By far the best decision I have ever made.

What did you do before Joyride?

I have been in the hospitality industry for the majority of my adult life.  I have done every position within the industry from busing tables, cooking food, serving, bartending, managing, and a beer buyer.  Aside from doing this work, I have managed a Video Store, Auto Parts Store, and most recently was an Account Executive for IMG at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Joyride?

I get paid to drink beer for living, that doesn’t suck.  As I said I have been here since before the beginning.  It was awesome to get to be completely involved in the development, growth, and future of Joyride.  We have an incredible team which begins with our owners all the way down to our tap room staff and assistant brewers.

What do you like to do for fun when you’re not working?

I see a lot of music and love getting out into nature.  It doesn’t matter if I’m making turns on the mountain, hiking, climbing or just sitting in the wilderness with my friends and some good beers and tunes.  Oh and of course kicking it with my dog, right hand man, and partner in crime, One Eyed Willy.

What’s your favorite type of music/band?

I can’t say that there is a particular type of style that is my favorite.  It depends on time of day and my mood.  When I am not seeing Phish, it’s all about that Bluegrass, but I’m not afraid to drop in some Hip Hop as well.  The artists I listen to the most are Phish, Greensky Bluegrass, Tribe Called Quest, Gangstarr, Umphrey’s McGee, Boombox, and the like.

Favorite beer section:

What’s your all time favorite beer?

Man that is another tough one.  It’s a toss up between Founders Breakfast Stout and New Hollands Dragons Milk.   MMMM now I’m thirsty.

Favorite beer Joyride has ever made?

I do thoroughly enjoy Czech The Rhime but I think I am gonna go with Belgian Strong Dark…Side of The Moon.  But Czech The Rhime is so good  HMMMMMMMM.

Favorite Joyride beer currently on tap?

While I am writing this I am drinking a Never Mind the Baltics.  But I am really digging on the Hop Kief Pale Ale, however it may be gone by the time you are reading this. (Editor’s note: Hop Kief is indeed gone for the time being, but we plan on brewing it again soon. Never Mind the Baltics Porter is still on tap).

You’re stuck on a desert island and can only drink one style of beer for the rest of your life. What is it?

I may catch some grief for this but I would probably go with some kind of Pilsner or Lager.  After all it’s a desert island so something light and thirst quenching would probably be the way to go.

Favorite place you’ve ever visited?

Sadly I am not that well worldly traveled.  I have been to 49 of the 50 states, several territories in Canada and a few places in Mexico as well as a few in the Caribbean.  At this time I don’t think I have a favorite because I haven’t seen enough to make that call.  It is pretty cool to see parts of the country while falling to earth from 12,000 feet above it.

When can people normally find you at Joyride?

Most days.  I am typically in the taproom 3 or 4 nights a week unless I am at an event or beer festival.  I regularly work on Mondays to help out with Euchre night, and am normally behind the bar for at least one night during the weekend. Aside from that I am in and out most afternoons while doing my sales work.

Prost!!!