A Day in the Life of CMBC Employees
At Crazy Mountain, we like to think that we work hard and play harder. We move kegs, haul grain, carry cases, load semis, and pack palettes all day, then spend our nights and weekends on the river, on the mountain, or perched in a tent- all with a beer in hand, of course! If you’ve […]
At Crazy Mountain, we like to think that we work hard and play harder. We move kegs, haul grain, carry cases, load semis, and pack palettes all day, then spend our nights and weekends on the river, on the mountain, or perched in a tent- all with a beer in hand, of course! If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work at a brewery, here’s a day in the life of three Crazy Mountain employees:
Hannah Vancuren: Denver Events Coordinator
My workday is constantly changing based on what events I’m hosting, but I spend most of my time answering emails, setting up for off-site events, putting together donations, stocking retail in the tasting room, and setting up kegs in the tap cooler. Yesterday I met with the City of Denver Certifiably Green office to work on getting Crazy Mountain Brewery’s future events certified as sustainable, I did a Boohai Red Ale training with the bartenders, and I hosted a beer class and brewery tour for craft beer drinkers who want to learn more about the science of beer. After work, I went to a friend’s concert downtown, watched Game of Thrones (no spoilers- I’m still on season 4!) and drank some Creedence Pilsner.
Depending on my day, I’m either coming in and cleaning or coming in and mashing. When brewing, my morning consists of preparing ingredients, such as milling specialty malts or weighing hops or water salts, and mashing in (combining hot water and milled grain to create wort- the sugar water that gets converted to beer). When filtering, the preparation consists of running a Sani CIP on the DE Filter as well as burping the beer out of the bottom of the fermenter, so that the last little bits of yeast are introduced to try and yield the most beer before running it through the DE Screens. Throughout the day, tasks vary from cleaning tanks and dry hopping beers to carbonating and tasting beers. Then on a good day, three other brewers and I have band practice in the warehouse, and most likely end up getting some pizza and shooting some pool. I watch Game of Thrones, too.
Mitch Tate: Logistics Manager
My main role is to work closely with most departments in the company and create schedules to fulfill orders. I start by working with our sales team to collect all purchase orders for a given month, take these PO’s to our Head Brewer and Packaging Manager and setup a brew and packaging schedule for the following six weeks. Once we have a good idea of when the beer will be ready to ship, I will let distributors know they can collect their beer on a certain date and let them setup their own truck or find a carrier for them. A typical day will consist of forklifting with extreme talent, building orders with grace and precision, staging them for pickup, spending a lot of time on the phone or emailing, and checking my watch for Beer:30. Going out after work or camping on weekends with coworkers helps keep the crazy fun!
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