What do you do at Joyride?
I am a server/bartender extraordinaire.
Where in Colorado are you from?
I was born right here in Denver and grew up in Bailey. About an hour southwest in the mountains, before going to school for way too long in Alamosa, and then Fort Collins for the last couple years before moving back to Denver.
What’s the best part of being a Colorado native?
People are excited to meet me. Natives have become a rarity these days so I’ve been called a Unicorn on many occasions for the simple decision to not leave.
What did you do before Joyride?
I was a brewer at the San Luis Valley Brewing Company in Alamosa CO for a few years, where I met Joyride’s Taproom Manager, Brad. When I graduated with a shiny creative writing degree, I moved to Fort Collins and became a bartender. After I moved to Denver, I hit up Brad for a job. Being perpetually available paid off and I somehow weaseled my way in here.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Joyride?
The dedication to craft. There’s a careful balance when running a business that’s focused around a product you have to take care in making. I like the fact that Joyride will push the release of a beer back a couple days if it’s not quite ready to serve. The owners also encourage all of us employees to be knowledgeable about the beers as well.
What do you like to do for fun when you’re not working?
I can be found walking around Sloans Lake, riding my motorcycle, writing and rambling at the local coffee shop, and visiting museums.
What’s your favorite type of music/band?
I’ve been listening to a lot of full-sound lyric-heavy bands recently like Modest Mouse, Queens of the Stone Age (or anything Josh Homme dips his hands into), Jack White, and Aesop Rock. Oh and ska. Any ska. Something about the “punky-jazzy bollocks” just chills my spine and makes me feel like I’m falling in love.
Favorite beer section:
What’s your all time favorite beer?
The general rule for beers I will like is “I like my beer to reflect myself: pale and bitter” but with one key exception. Hoss. I think that beer tastes like what I imagined beer tasted when I saw my dad crack a cold one after kicking his feet up and a long days work and sighed with content after his first sip.
Favorite beer Joyride has ever made?
So far the Ah Ale Yeah (v2) was my favorite.
Favorite Joyride beer currently on tap?
The Take the (Joy)Ride hazy IPA with apricots. Something about the sweet fruit and bitter hops mixes really well in a pleasing way, kind of like when the ska hits just right.
You’re stuck on a desert island and can only drink one style of beer for the rest of your life. What is it?
Hoss. Or maybe some beer that could start a fire and build a shelter because I’m stranded on a desert island. Barring that, Hoss.
Favorite place you’ve ever visited?
I went to Buffalo, NY a few years ago to visit a friend and there was a bar there called Nietzsche’s. After the granddaddy of Nihilism, of course. There was a four foot papier mache Friedrich Nietzsche head and a pub sign that had been painted black with a pair of eyes carved into it as the abyss that stares back. There was a guy playing piano and being generally entertaining before a burlesque show started on the bar top. It was the most hipster thing I’ve ever done and I loved every minute of it.
When can people normally find you at Joyride?
Officially, 3-5 days a week. Usually a couple weekend shifts and a couple during the week. I don’t have a set schedule, and if I do, I have not memorized it. Unofficially, I’m here almost every other night having a brew.