BeerTender Tuesday #4: Claire

What do you do at Joyride?

Bartend and serve, mostly. But, I recently started working with our design and marketing team as well. Oh, and pet all the dogs.

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

I’m from northern New York. Waaayyy up there. Practically Canada, eh?

Why did you move to Colorado?

I have always dreamt of coming out here. My dad was a ski instructor in Breckenridge when he was younger, so naturally I grew up on skis and a snowboard, always hearing about how great it is in Colorado. (Side note: growing up skiing the east coast did not prepare me for the powder here, although I can shred ice like a champ). While being in the mountains makes my little heart sing, Denver is such a rad city to live in. I get to have the best of both worlds, with everything the city has to offer at my fingertips, while only being a short drive to world class skiing, hiking, and all the outdoor fun stuff. Not to mention Red Rocks. I feel pretty spoiled.

What did you do before Joyride?

I was living in New York, working at Wood Boat Brewery and doing some freelance design on the side.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Joyride?

All the things. I have great coworkers and bosses who make me laugh every day (sometimes a little too uncontrollably), get to meet tons of cool people from around the world (and pet their dogs), and learn about and drink awesome beer.

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

Ahhh, there’s so much room for activities. I spend a healthy amount of time seeing live music. That’s a big passion of mine. Finding good food and places to eat is always something I’m down for. And lucky for me, there is no shortage of good music and food in Denver. In addition, I love to snowboard, hike, do art stuff and explore. I also like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite

What’s your favorite type of music/band?

I can’t choose favorites. I can get down to just about anything. My musical taste ranges from classic rock, to jam bands, to bluegrass, to hip-hop.

Favorite beer section:

What’s your all time favorite beer?

That’s a tough one. I get asked this question in the tap room all the time, and I usually respond that it depends what day of the week is and what kind of mood I’m in. I have an appreciation for all beer.

Favorite beer Joyride has ever made?

I am a big fan of the So Fresh and So Cream, The Director Double IPA, and Czech the Rhime….and the Joyride Double IPA is always good too.

Favorite Joyride beer currently on tap?

I am digging the Belgian Strong Dark…Side of the Moon at the moment.

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

Hmmm….probably a pilsner or saison. Gotta keep it light in that desert sun, ya know?

Favorite place you’ve ever visited?

I haven’t traveled outside the country a whole lot, unfortunately. In the states, I thought Maine was absolutely beautiful. And living so close to Canada growing up, I’ve been all over Ontario and Quebec. Montreal and Ottawa are pretty cool cities. I have a huge list of places on my bucket list. Bali, Australia, Ireland, Costa Rica….Some day, I’d like to have the resources to just throw a dart at a map and say, let’s go.

When can people normally find you at Joyride?

Pretty much any day of the week, mostly evenings. Come say hi, I’d love to meet you!