What do you do at Joyride?
I was hired as a part time server in July of 2014 and my first shift was our second grand opening. I had never served before and this was the perfect opportunity for me to learn, as this particular shift nobody had to pay, it was a thank you to all of the people who helped get Joyride off the ground. I only had to get the right beer to the right person. I had a great time and soonish after this I quit my full time job at a retail store so I could focus on school and Joyride. I began drawing the chalk boards in February the next year. I design and draw all of the text and the center piece which always revolves around our mascot, Roger the Elephant. I started design school about two years ago at UCD and Joyride has graciously built a design centered job for me so I can be more involved in the creative side.
Where are you from, and when did you move to Colorado?
I am from a town north of Los Angeles, CA and moved here 7 years ago this February.
Why did you move to Colorado?
I have lived on both coasts and this seemed like a neat town that was still fairly small, with a lot to offer.
What did you do before Joyride?
Before Joyride I had many retail jobs, most recently I worked at Sur La Table in Belmar and gained about four lifetimes of kitchen stuff. Before that, I worked at LucasFilm Inc in San Francisco and learned to book travel in Massachusetts.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Joyride?
Being able to draw the chalkboards has been the best part. I am able to be creative while drinking beer. I don’t have much extra time to draw and this is an outlet that keeps my drawing skills on point. I have started posting time lapses of the board when I change it and I think that it is fun for people to watch how it’s done. Also, beer.
What do you like to do for fun when you’re not working?
Mostly homework, which doesn’t sound fun but it is design which is creative and I try to make the best of it. When I’m in between semesters I love to go camping, especially in Moab, UT. I love to bake and cook, I have made several ice creams with Joyride beers. The latest was Kula Pia IPA with pineapple ice cream, it was weird. I also work as a volunteer for Denver Comic-Con every June. I spend a lot of time helping out getting ready for the convention and then I work all day, everyday during the Con. Working for a non-profit like Denver Comic-Con is so rewarding and super fun.
What’s your favorite type of music/band?
I listen to lots of music, mostly indie pop right now, but my playlist also includes electronic, oldies, classical and progressive rock. But to be honest while I am in school I listen to audiobooks mostly because I don’t have the time to sit and read. I am listening to all of the Star Wars books (that are the new cannon) in chronological order. I just finished the Magicians series by Lev Grossman and next I will start Ready Player One again, gearing up for the movie that is being made of the book. (I’m a big nerd.)
Favorite beer section: What’s your all time favorite beer?
Tom Crean’s Lager from Dingle Brewing, Ireland. (I might be a bit biased since I own stock in the Dingle Brewing Company). Second is Einstock’s Arctic Pale, this beer is made in Iceland with Arctic water. It has the most crisp flavor I have ever had in a beer. Iceland is number one on the places I want to visit and I can’t wait to go drink this fresh on tap.
Favorite beer Joyride has ever made?
This is easy. Belgian Strong Dark…Side of the Moon. It is the worst beer to put on the chalkboard because the name is so long. But I am so glad it is back on tap.
Favorite Joyride beer currently on tap?
Obviously, Belgian Strong Dark…Side of the Moon. Also, it is my favorite poster that I’ve made for their album series. It tested my skills when I was just learning the Adobe Suite.
You’re stuck on a desert island and can only drink one style of beer for the rest of your life. What is it?
Michelada with Tecate. I like mine with a lot of salt and lime. This way at least I have some vitamins (there’s vitamins in Clamato and lime, right?!) and a refreshing drink that will quench my thirst. (A Michelada is a thing you can find on the west coast and in Mexico. It’s like a Bloody Mary with light beer and more lime.)
Favorite place you’ve ever visited?
This is hard since I have seen so many amazing places. My latest trip was to Hawaii with my parents and we got to see a fresh lava flow way too close up (the ground melted the soles of my shoes). Ireland was amazing, I loved the people and the all the green. But, I would go to the Redwood if I had to go back to a destination again. It is like magic being among the trees there.
When can people normally find you at Joyride?
Almost every Tuesday morning I am updating the chalk boards and I work one or both days of the weekend.