Oscar Wong

Founder, Vice President, Schmoozing and Cleanup Guy

Highland founder, Oscar Wong, was born in Jamaica in 1940. At 18, he left the island to attend the University of Notre Dame, where he completed his masters in Civil/Structural Engineering. After retiring early from a successful engineering career that took him all over the country, Oscar landed in Asheville in 1994 and started Highland Brewing “as a hobby” in the 3,500 square foot basement of Barley’s Taproom in downtown Asheville.

He is an active member of the Rotary Club and other community-minded volunteer endeavors. He was awarded Small Business of the Year in 2007/2008 and the William A. V. Cecil Award for Leadership in Hospitality in 2011, both by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.

How did you become involved in brewing? Brewed barely drinkable beer in college, then started Highland after a 30 year hiatus in engineering. Have concluded that without beer, civilization would not have flourished.

What’s your favorite beer? Highland’s Oatmeal Porter.

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.? “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in water there is bacteria.”

What do you like about the beer industry? The wonderful, interesting people who also appreciate good beer.

Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.? Thomas Jefferson, a practical intellectual.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Adventurer - checking out remote places and sampling beers, wines, and cuisines on the way.

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style. I’m like a Pilsner - easy to meet, complex characteristics, but with a long lasting flavor.

Leah Wong Ashburn

President/CEO, Family Owner

Leah has been a fan since the beginning in 1994 - Oscar is her father. Cheering him all the way, she worked in the printing industry for 15 years before joining the brewery in 2011. She is proud to be part of a company that has changed Asheville. Her favorite part of the job is the fact that “Drinking Highland beer is PR. Drinking other beer is Market Research.

How did you become involved in brewing? Dad let me drink beer my whole life, but craft beer is a more recent thing. I don’t brew - I leave that to our pros.

How did you find a job at Highland Brewing? I wanted a job in 1994 and my father wouldn’t hire me! I found a great career outside of the beer industry and we continued to talk about it regularly. 17 years later everything fell into place and I came to Highland. It’s been an amazing experience every day.

What’s your favorite beer? Depends on my mood. But I drink Gaelic most often.

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.? Comfort the disturbed. Disturb the comfortable.

What do you like about the beer industry? There’s a lot to like. The best part is being in a growing industry and the excitement and pride in what we are doing as a country, a state, a city, and a company. And the fact that no one raises an eyebrow when you drink a beer in a meeting.

Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.? My parents and their opposing talents and personalities, somehow living in the same house.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Happy

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style. Guinness - dark features but actually a lightweight

Chuck Whitehead

Vice President of Sales, Business Development

How did you become involved in brewing? Campus Rep at the University of Tennessee for Miller Brewing Company in 1976.

How did you find a job at Highland Brewing? Was the General Manager of Skyland Distributing in Asheville from 1992-2002. We purchased the Highland Brand from Smoky Mountain in 1995 and got to know Oscar and the Highland Team. I have been talking to Oscar about working together for almost 20 years.

What’s your favorite beer? The one I am drinking with my family and friends.

What is your favorite quote? “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do”. John Wooden
 
What do you like about the beer industry? Competitive Fun

Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.? My Mom

What do you want to be when you grow up? Deserving all I have.

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style. Highland Oatmeal Porter…a Methodically Aggressive – Unexpected Total Package of Taste and Style

Brock Ashburn

Vice President of Operations

Liza Van Cauwenberghe

Controller

How did you become involved in brewing? I’m Belgian so beer runs in my blood. It was a natural career path.

How did you find a job at Highland Brewing? Begged my way into an internship and never left.

What’s your favorite beer? My Highland favorite is St Terese’s Pale Ale. Non-Highland favorite is Weyerbacher Double Simcoe

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.? “Always do sober what you said you would do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” (Ernest Hemingway)

What do you like about the beer industry? The laid back atmosphere, 8am beer tastings, working in an old shipping container.

Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.? Oscar Wong - I swear I’m not sucking up. He’s successful yet humble and gives back wholeheartedly to people and the community. And he seems genuinely happy!

What do you want to be when you grow up? Knowledgeable and kind.

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style. Framboise - a perfect balance of sweet and tart. Appears light and fun but can still knock you on your butt.

Grant DaSantos

Hospitality General Manager

How did you become involved in brewing? I’ve always loved the taste of a good craft brew. I then got a job with Highland and it was all over…

How did you find a job at Highland Brewing? My wife and I went to Highland the first two Fridays it opened for pints and games. We were some of their very first customers at the old tasting room/concrete pad. Those first few Fridays, Operations Manager Kevin Wheeler was the resident bartender immediately following his long day of production work. At that time, the tasting room was just a six tap kegerator in front of the packaging line. After hassling Kevin (and anyone else that would listen to me) I was hired and working within a months time. My role was to conduct every tour throughout the week and be the sole bartender on Fridays. The rest is history…

What’s your favorite beer? Tasgall Scotch Ale

What’s your favorite quote, etc..? That dog’ll hunt!

What do you like about the beer industry? It’s like a joy ride through an adult amusement park.

Who is your idol? My wife and family because they have supported me through thick and thin.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Accomplished

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style. American Pale Ale because I’m always Hoppy and perfect for any occasion.

Megan Best

Accounting Coordinator

How did you become involved in brewing?

A friend in college was a homebrewer. We spent many hours in his basement dorm room sampling his latest brews while watching episodes of the Simpsons…and studying, of course.

How did you find a job at Highland Brewing?

I replied to an online ad for Office/Accounting Asst. at a local brewery and was delighted when I found out the brewery was Highland

What’s your favorite beer?

My all-time favorite is Highland’s Cold Mountain Winter Ale, but my favorite style is IPA.

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

“Wag More, Bark Less”

What do you like about the beer industry?

It’s a good balance — Folks seem pretty relaxed but they work hard to make a good brew (and we all reap the benefits).

Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.?

My grandpa, for his mischievous nature, his passion for knowledge, and for never doubting me.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A fine, upstanding, pilsner of the community

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

Cold Mountain—A little dark with an ever-changing blend of sweetness and spice.

Tres Howell

Pilot Brewer

How did you become involved in brewing?

I started working at Asheville Brewing in the kitchen and couldn’t keep my head out of the brewery.

How did you find a job at Highland Brewing?

Networking works wonders in a small town. Scott Pyatt, John Lyda & Charlie Ball all played a major role and I got juggled around a bit (and still do) but it keeps me enjoying different types of work constantly.

What’s your favorite beer?

Stone Brewing Self-Righteous Ale is my favorite right now but it changes often.

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” - Benjamin Franklin

What do you like about the beer industry?

What’s not to like. Good people, good times, good beer, good food & constant change. After being in this industry for 10 years I can’t imagine leaving.

Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.?

Chuck Norris is my idol because he once fought Superman on a bet. The loser had to start wearing his underwear outside his pants.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I refuse to grow up.

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

I think I compare best with Victory Brewing Hop Devil, for my devilish good looks & mischievous demeanor.

Matt McComish

Supply Chain Director

How did you become involved in brewing?

Started as an apprentice brewer for White Birch Brewing in Hooksett, New Hampshire.

How did you find a job at Highland?

Years of working in the craft beer industry and meeting Highland employees that loved working for the company.

What’s your favorite beer?

Orval and Highland Oatmeal Porter

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

Live Aloha” and “Wicked Awesome”

What do you like about the beer industry?

I never stop learning about beer

Who is your idol, who do you look up to?

Neil deGrasse Tyson

What do you want to do when you grow up?

Still be skateboarding and surfing

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style

Sam Adams Boston Lager

Kitty Price

Chain & Key Account Director

How did you become involved in brewing?

How did you become involved in brewing? I haven’t ventured into home brewing yet but I have lived in Asheville for a long time and like many WNC resident have gained an appreciation for tasty craft beer. Drinking beer has been my involvement in brewing.



How did you find a job at Highland Brewing?

I interned for several months during grad school and asked for a job. Lucky me, I got one!



What’s your favorite beer?

Currently Little Hump Spring Ale



What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”         -Thomas Jefferson



What do you like about the beer industry?

The delightful people.



Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.?

Paul Wellstone



What do you want to be when you grow up?

Healthy, wealthy and wise.



Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

India Pale Ale, I travel well.

Jamie Rowe

Head Brewer

How did you become involved in brewing?

I got a job running a brew pub when I was in Atlanta.



How did you find a job at Highland Brewing?

By dropping off a well-timed resume.



What’s your favorite beer?

I am partial to a good IPA.



What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

We are going to turn this team around 360 degrees.” - Jason Kidd, upon his drafting to the Dallas Mavericks.



What do you like about the beer industry?

Good atmosphere, good people, good music, good beer.



What do you want to be when you grow up?

Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the orginal Star Wars movie.



What do you want to be when you grow up?

A great golfer. No wait, a great husband. Then, a great golfer.



Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

I’m like a lager in that I am well-aged.

Trace Redmond

R&D Brewer

How did you become involved in brewing?

I started home-brewing in college.

How did you find a job at Highland Brewing?

One of our hop suppliers Hop Head Farms introduced me and Highland needed a brewer.

What’s your favorite beer?

I am a big believer in beer moments and I have six or seven beer moments.

Drinking Celebration at Sierra Nevada for the first time is one of those moments.

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

Get’er done”, “It’s go time”

What do you like about the beer industry?

I love the mix of art and science and I have made great friends in the industry.

Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.?

Ken Grossman, Charlie Bamforth, and my mom (not necessarily in that order).

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A Badass Brewer

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

A bourbon aged strong ale. Starts rough around the edges but all comes together in the end.

Mark Conti

Regional Sales Manager

How did you become involved in beer?

I started homebrewing at age 19 while attending UNCA to save money on quality craft beer.



How did you find a job at Highland Brewing?

Asheville is a small town and if you make good beer your passion you get to know those in the industry. I was lucky enough to be thought of when a position opened up in the Pilot Brewery helping with production and cellar duties.



What’s your favorite beer?

My favorite Highland beer is the St. Teresa. There is no better pale when straight from the tasting room tap. Other than that it’s usually the one in front of me..



What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

Here’s to a good life, and a long one, Here’s to an easy death, and a quick one, Here’s to a good woman, and an honest one And here’s to a cold pint, and another one



What do you like about the beer industry?

Everything! If i had to say its the absolute variety of things you do: creating recipes/flavors/profiles, working in the lab maintaining quality and consistency, casking and cellaring beers, meeting other beerophiles and getting new ideas, figuring out how to make “it” work…the list goes on



Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.?

Anyone who has made it doing what they love and still loves what they do.



What do you want to be when you grow up?

The owner of a small Brew Pub.



Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

Saison…a lot going on and some people think they’re weird

Alan Robinson

Tour Guide/Bartender

How did you become involved in brewing?

Moved to Asheville, got my mandatory homebrew kit and started brewing beer.

How did you find a job at Highland Brewing?

I would like to think that it had something to do with my resume, personality and knowledge of beer but like most here have said, “It doesn’t hurt to know someone on the inside.”

What’s your favorite beer?

I’ll stick with Highland nere. Black Mocha Stout is dark, toasty and smooth…and when you know the right people, totally free!

What’s your favorite saying, quote?

Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.”

What do you like about the beer industry?

The simple fact that I can get paid doing something I love.

Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.?

Regan, my best friend for the past 10+ years. She has e ery trait that one could ask for in a friend and is proof that sometimes a dog is as good as any man!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A child at heart.

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

An American Stout - My roots come from Ireland but I am uniquely American. Usually unfiltered, more approachable than most people would expect, extremely dark but always smooth and sweet.

Toby Arnheim

Regional Sales Manager

How did you become involved in brewing?

Started homebrewing the week after I graduated from college and haven’t looked back since.



How did you find a job at Highland Brewing?

During a beer tasting  I was able to trick Leah into giving me an interview.



What’s your favorite beer?

Oatmeal Porter….freakin good



What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

If  you’re going to be stupid, you better be tough.

-My Pop



What do you like about the beer industry?

Being able to learn something new everyday.



Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.?

My wife.. she really is my better half



What do you want to be when you grow up?

Still growing up.



Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

Definitely a Gaelic Ale because it never goes out of style…

J Ferris

Audio/Video Technician

Jay Frazier

Packaging Manager

How did you become involved in brewing?

I made a few small batches with some college buddies, but I didn’t know anything until Highland.



How did you find a job at Highland Brewing?

Pure luck! I was at the right place at the right time.



What’s your favorite beer?

Normally the coldest one I can get my hands on, however, I always love a Bells Hopslam.



What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

Buy the ticket, take the ride. - Hunter S. Thompson



What do you like about the beer industry?

I love the drive to make a great product.  The industry is full of cool people with great stories.



Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.?

My Dad and Grandfather



What do you want to be when you grow up?

The guy that sells enough grilled cheese sandwiches in the lot to get to the next Panic show.



Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

A double IPA.  An acquired taste, and a little goes a long way.

Richie Whitson

Human Resources Manager

How did you become involved in brewing?

I’ve always loved craft beer and did a little homebrewing years ago. Now that I got the job at Highland I’m ready to learn and dive back into it.

How did you find a job at Highland?

Timing, persistence, and the internet.

What’s your favorite beer?

I can’t name just one. Bell’s Hopslam is usually at the top of the list, and Troegs Nugget Nectar, and Highland Black Watch, and Liefmans Goudenband, and…

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

“We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time!” – Tommy Lee

What do you like about the beer industry?

Great people, community and culture. Having the opportunity to be a part of getting someone’s new favorite beer into their hands.

Who is your idol, who do you look up to?

My mom.

What do you want to do when you grow up?

Happily retired and an expert fly fisherman.

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

A Session IPA, I like for the party to keep on going.

Jesse Lapinski

Brewing Team

How did you become involved in brewing?

I bought my first homebrew kit in college and started brewing in various dorm rooms. The girls seemed interested.



How did you find a job at Highland?

The neighbors across the street.



What’s your favorite beer?

My favorite beer from Highland is the Kashmir IPA and my all tome favorite depends on the season but right now it’s the Dark Hollow Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Blue Mountain Brewery.



What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

ASAP. Whatever htat means. It must mean, “Act swiftly awesome pachyderm!” - Dr. Suess



What do you like about the beer industry?

The creativity and science behind each beer.



Who is your idol? Who do you look up to?

Mostly my dad because he taught me the skills that I have today, and the guitarists from DragonForce keep me practicing scales.



What do you want to do when you grow up?

I want to be a master of all instruments and a climber of Mt. Everest and an astronaut and a National Geographic Explorer and a Pirate and a bartender at Highland Brewing Company.



Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

An Imperial IPA, they’re complex and high in octane.

Molly McQuillan

Marketing Manager

How did you find a job at Highland?

A serendipitous Facebook posting, a lot of hard work, and a teeny bit of luck!

What’s your favorite beer?

Highland IPA (and no, I’m not just saying that!).

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” — Audrey Hepburn

What do you like about the beer industry?

The camaraderie between not only employees but also other breweries. That and the sense of fun always lurking in the background!

Who is your idol, who do you look up to?

My mom.

What do you want to do when you grow up?

Happy.

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

Anything high gravity - I may come in a small glass, but I pack a big punch!

Sean Sutherland

Distribution Lead

Dylan Holmes

Packaging Technician

How did you become involved in brewing?

My father introduced me to craft beer and, having known that he had homebrewed in the past, I was very intrigued! I wanted to give it a try.

How did you find a job at Highland Brewing?

I’m a graduate of the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast at A-B Tech. After my first year, I worked at Highland as an intern and continued to work as a tour guide when I returned to school. Since then, I’ve been hired on full time.

What’s your favorite beer?

That’s a tough one. I switch it up fairly often. Black Mocha Stout is a phenomenal staple. I drool over Courage Imperial Russian Stout when I can get my hands on it. Honestly, I’m a fan of all styles. Another round please! 

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

Sanity is not statistical.” ~ George Orwell, 1984

What do you like about the beer industry?

Brewing is still a business, but I feel it’s an industry unlike any other, where your competitors can be equally excited about your product as consumers. We all just want a good, fresh pint.

Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.?

I look up to those in the community who have strong convictions and pursue what makes them happy while bringing happiness to others.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I’d like to open a distillery/brewery/market with my wife.

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

Imperial Russian Stout. It’s hands down my favorite style. They’re shrouded on the surface. You can rarely see through them, but when you have a taste you find this depth and smooth fire. You can take your time with them, and let them warm you up. I’m all about what’s under the surface.

Anna Sauls

Quality Manager

How did you become involved in brewing?

My first job out of college was a harvest lab internship at Robert Mondavi Winery. My lab manager there had worked in beer for most of her life, so when I showed interest she directed me to several open lab positions at breweries. My interest in drinking craft beer started when I visited the Czech Republic, Germany, and Belgium one summer and got a crash course on style diversity and the beauty of a beer at lunch.

How did you find a job at Highland?

The internet!

What’s your favorite beer?

That changes with my mood and with the season. Lately I’ve been on a nitro stout kick.

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” - Lester Bangs, Almost Famous

What do you like about the beer industry?

I’ve found that the industry is full of dynamic and interesting people, that’s my favorite part.

Who is your idol, who do you look up to?

Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Merrill Garbus from Tune Yards. Talented women who are unapologetically weird.

What do you want to do when you grow up?

I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style

Like Gaelic Ale I am bad at similes.

Nate Corn

Packaging Technician

Tim Oldread

Market Development Manager - FL

How did you become involved in brewing?

Very atypically.  After leaving my informal science education career and working in a fine wine/high-end spirits/craft beer shop, I become interested in, and passionate about, craft beer.



How did you find a job at Highland?

Persistence and preparation.



What’s your favorite beer?

One enjoyed with friends/family.  If we’re looking Highland-specific, I’d go with St. Terese’s Pale Ale for our year-round line-up and either Devil’s Britches Red IPA, Thunderstruck Coffee Porter, or Little Hump Pale Ale from our seasonals.  (How’s that for non-committal?)



What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

“We’ll figure it out.  We don’t have any other choice.”



What do you like about the beer industry?

The collegiality and the growth.



Who is your idol, who do you look up to?

Lots of people.  I rely on many to constantly help me improve.



What do you want to do when you grow up?

Be happy and feel accomplished.



Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

Highland…seems to fit.

Whitney Hoy

Hospitality Coordinator

Jason Unger

Lead Bartender

Kevin Kellar

Brewing Team - Cellar Lead

Ashley Sanford

Retail Account Manager for WNC

How did you become involved in brewing?

With a little dedication, perseverance and luck!

How did you find a job at Highland?

I was made aware of available positions through another employee and just went for it! 

What’s your favorite beer?

I am an IPA girl all the way. I tend to favor Cigar City’s Jai Alai since we can not get it here in North Carolina.

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

Good things come to those who ask!”

What do you like about the beer industry?

I love everything about the beer industry. Especially working for Highland Brewing Company. I love the comradery we have here and the potential there is. Being a female in this industry is very empowering. It has given a lot of happiness and confidence I never knew I had.

Who is your idol, who do you look up to?

I wouldn’t say that I have one idol in mind. I look up to strong, hard working, independent women as a whole.

What do you want to do when you grow up?

Happy. Just plain HAPPY!

David Bradley

Market Development Manager - South Carolina

How did you get involved in Brewing?

My career in the beer business started in 1996 with Smoky Mountain Distributors.

How did you find the job at Highland Brewing?

Persistence and perseverance.

What is your favorite beer?

Black Mocha Stout

What is your favorite quote?

It’s not what happens to you that matters. It’s how you respond to what happens to you that makes a difference.”- Zig Ziglar

Who is your Idol, who do you look up to?

My Grandparents- they lived a simple life and placed value on hard work, respect, honesty, self-responsibility, and helping others.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

To have no regrets.

Compare yourself to a beer style.

Milk Stout – Bold and complex with a gentle side.

Megan McArthur

Accounting & Production Data Specialist

How did you become involved in brewing?

I began frequenting local breweries soon after moving to Asheville and became interested in the craft brewing industry. After taking some courses on the subject, I was lucky enough to land a job at Highland.

How did you find a job at Highland?

While browsing upcoming events at the brewery, I saw the job posting on Highland’s website and immediately applied.

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

I drink, therefore I am.

What do you like about the beer industry?

The unique people that work in the industry and the fun atmosphere. The weekly beer tastings are a nice perk too.

Who is your idol, who do you look up to?

Anyone who follows their passions in life.

What do you want to do when you grow up?

Be a happy and well-traveled person with great stories to tell.

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style

Belgian Witbier – I’m easy to get along with like a witbier is easy to drink, yet there is a mysterious complexity about me.

Katie Smith

Brewing Team

Grant Funderburk

Packaging Technician

Steve Hogan

Retail & Tour Manager

Chris McGuire

Packaging Technician

How did you become involved in brewing?

I started brewing in college. Some friends of mine were home brewing, so I figured if they could do it, so could I.

How did you find a job at Highland?

I actually inquired about an internship, but but just missed the opening. I asked if there was anything else that Highland needed help with. “Mountain Medley’s” was the answer.

What’s your favorite beer?

Favorite Highland beer: Black Watch Favorite other beer: Trip to the Woods Maple Scotch ale from Sierra Nevada  

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

In beer, there is freedom.  In wine, there is wisdom.  In water, there is bacteria.” Also, “It is what it is”, my personal motto.  

What do you like about the beer industry?

There are lots of great hard working, fun-loving people in this industry.

Who is your idol, who do you look up to?

Gotta be Jeff “Puff” Irving, my brewing instructor in school. The man is a fountain of knowledge and fun to be around.

What do you want to do when you grow up?

To do what I love, which is anything that involves fermented beverages.

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style

I guess I’m a bit like Gaelic ale. Well balanced, but with a interesting complexity and usually well liked.

Megan Rayfield

Quality Assurance

Pat Kazanjian

Maintenance Technician

How did you become involved in brewing?

My wife and I picked up one of those homebrew kits a few years ago and I have since amassed garage full of Frankensteined together homebrew equipment and a pile of recipes.



How did you find a job at Highland?

Persistence. Bribery. Persistence. Begging. Persistence and a little more persistence…



What’s your favorite beer?

The beer shaped kind that is cold and ready for me to drink.



What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

*nothing I can shre here



What do you like about the beer industry?

Endless variety if flavors that can found in beers. And the people, there are a lot of really cool peeps in the industry.



Who is your idol, who do you look up to?

Homer Simpson



What do you want to do when you grow up?

I’m not going to grow up. Ever.



Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

Homebrew. Some are scared of it, some don’t understand it, some don’t like it, but those that give it a chance end up enjoying it.

John Mitchell

Packaging Technician

Tyler Melton

Distribution

How did you become involved in brewing?

After finishing my undergrad in Sociology, I realized that beer was my calling.  Through continuing education and networking, I was able to get my foot in the door.



How did you find a job at Highland Brewing?

It happened via a blessing in disguise and my friendship with our supply chain manager, Matt McComish.  I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity with Highland!    



What’s your favorite beer?

Dale’s Pale Ale



What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

“The third wheel is what makes it a tricycle” – Michael Scott



What do you like about the beer industry?

The many different aspects of the industry itself.  Keeping up with competition and technology is half the battle.  The beer industry is much more than the beer in your glass.



Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.?

Eddie Vedder



What do you want to be when you grow up?

Race car driver



Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

Miller High Life.  Such a simple beer that represents enjoying the simple things in life.

AJ Gil

Field Sales Representative- GA

Drew Ashdown

Brewing Team

Robert Stockdale

Marketing Assistant

How did you become involved in beer?

I became bored with drinking macro brews all the time and then I found myself getting lost in everything that craft beer has to offer.

How did you find a job at Highland Brewing?

I applied for the position with my fingers crossed and somehow it worked!

What’s your favorite beer?

Depending on the day I could be just as happy drinking a Cantillon lambic as I would a 40oz of Steel Reserve.

What do you like about the beer industry?

The people. I have yet to meet anyone in the industry who I haven’t immediately liked.

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

Possibility means I can. -Kierkegaard

Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.?

I’d have to say my dad. He is, without a doubt, the nicest and smartest guy I know.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

The cartoon editor for The New Yorker.

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

A saison, different from what’s popular and always interesting.

Tyler Vet

Retail Account Manager- Triangle/Coastal NC

Phillip Danieley

Retail Account Manager- Triad NC and Virginia

Thomas Bilisoly

Packaging Technician

How did you become involved in brewing?

Home brewing with my wife.

How did you find a job at Highland Brewing?

Talked to the right people and had a little experience in the field.

What’s your favorite beer?

Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA

What’s your favorite saying, quote, etc.?

Don’t Believe the Hype -Flava Flav

What do you like about the beer industry?

The history and science as well as the variety. Also, the craft brewing industry is a rad community of individuals that have each others’ backs.

Who is your idol, who do you look up to, etc.?

Mother Teresa and Frederick Douglass

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Healthy, happy, and amongst friends.

Compare yourself to a beer brand or style.

I am like a gueuze, a blend of my own unique experiences throughout my life.

Toby Lewis

Brewing Team

Amy Heald

Sales Analyst

Ted Gross

Market Development Lead