What has been the most challenging part of Covid-19?
Missing the social aspect of my job. I pride myself on the ability to connect with people. It is not just about pouring beer, it is a bond that is made with like-minded people. I miss my co-workers, the small talk, the laughs, sparking up conversations with patrons, regulars, as well as first-timers. Beer is better shared in the company of others. I have been virtually social but it just isn’t the same without the sights, sounds, and smells of the brewery.
What has given you strength/ are there any unexpected positives from this time?
This unforeseen time off has allowed me to focus further on a program and connect breweries to support a very worthy cause - ALS research. Ales for ALS . They developed the Ales for ALS concept. Participating breweries are offered an experimental hop blend created by Yakima Chief Hops, free of charge, and in return, breweries donate a portion of the sales from each beer brewed with these hops to ALS Therapy Development Institute , the world's first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100% on ALS research. I became involved in this program realizing I could take my 8 years in the Craft Beer industry and support a deep-rooted cause. I too have a family history of ALS.
Who do you wear a mask for?
I shield myself for those who are at battle every day. For most people, Covid-19 causes mild to moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For those with ALS, this silent invader can cause severe illness, including pneumonia or even death. As we are told to shelter in place, practice good hygiene, self-isolate to allay the effects of the contagion, this is the everyday reality of those living with this neurodegenerative beast. ALS has no cure, no recuperation period, it is a death sentence. I like to believe we are all trying our best to follow the guidelines, both for ourselves and for one another. With all the unknowns, you never know who the person you come in contact with is caring for.
On the cusp of middle age