BeerTender Tuesday #9: Rob

What do you do at Joyride?
I am the “Oh S**t Beertender” or the “Super Secret Celebrity Beertender” depending on who you ask. Basically I fill in when there is a hole in the schedule or someone needs me to cover for them.

Where are you from, and when did you move to Colorado?
I am from L.A., grew up in Long Beach CA, then lived my adult life in Playa del Rey. I moved to Denver in 2005.

Why did you move to Colorado?
I did a career change in 2001. I bounced around for a while and ended up living in Florida for a couple of years. My then girlfriend / now wife (Victoria) was still living in L.A. We were doing the long distance relationship dance and we decided we needed to live in the same city or call it quits. I didn’t want to move back to L.A. I had been to Denver more than a few times for work and really liked it. I also wanted to live someplace where I could ski during the winter. I asked her to come and check out Denver and we have never regretted our decision to move here.

What did you do before Joyride?
I was a recording engineer for a long time in L.A. I had a second life as a raft guide in the Sierra’s during the spring and summers. Now I work as a corporate pilot and aircraft manager.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Joyride?
I really enjoy my fellow “Joyriders’. We always have fun serving beer to our customers and I have learned a lot while doing it. The beer is good, the people are friendly, the location is great with a beautiful view of the lake and the beer is good. (Did I mention that the beer is good?) The atmosphere at Joyride is really great, even when we are getting slammed behind the bar, we are still having fun.

What do you like to do for fun when you’re not working?
In the winter, I am skiing whenever I can. If it is summer, then whitewater boating or out riding my bike. Really, I just love to be outside in the fresh air.

What’s your favorite type of music/band?
This one is impossible for me to answer. My previous life as a recording engineer opened my ears to all kinds of music. Rock, Jazz, Funk, the list goes on. I never developed a taste for Disco, Country & Western or Opera. Mostly I listen to Alt Rock though.

Favorite beer section:
What’s your all time favorite beer?
Also, a tough one to answer. Being a SoCal kid I grew up drinking Mexican Lager at the beach. That said, Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust is pretty damn good even if it is hyped-up and impossible to get your hands on.

Favorite beer Joyride has ever made?
Easy, Czech the Rhime Pilsner. Dave hit the nail on the head with that one. I wish he would make it more often. Also, Fresh Nugz Wet Hop IPA. Can’t beat that wet hopped flowery goodness.

Favorite Joyride beer currently on tap?
Probably Joyride Double IPA.

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

Pale Ale. The balance between malt and hop in this style sits right in my wheel house. I lean more towards hop than malt, maybe that is my West Coast upbringing.

Favorite place you’ve ever visited?
Patagonia. I love southern Chile, it is a remarkably beautiful place and the people are truly warm and welcoming.

When can people normally find you at Joyride?
Whenever they need me to fill in and I am in town. Sometimes it is tough for both of those things to happen at the same time.