This week, we would like to introduce you to one of the Draught Works taproom gals, Emma.
Emma is a Missoula native with a case of wanderlust. After graduating from the University of Montana this May with a degree in chemistry, she is hoping to take her knowledge abroad to help with clean drinking water initiatives as a water chemist.
Since returning from a recent trip to Burning Man, she is anxiously awaiting her upcoming trip to South East Asia. This November, she is embarking on a four month journey across Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar where she will put her skills to good use, working with various non-profit organizations that provide water sanitation for local villages.
What was Burning Man like? “It was amazing. I had always been intrigued by it. A lot of people see it as a music festival but its actually an arts and performance festival. All the artwork is interactive, which means people sit on, hang under, walk into and hang off it to experience it. It was such a wild and inspiring experience!”
What is your favorite part about working at Draught Works? “Its an amazing place to work. I feel really lucky to be a part of the team. My favorite part is my team of coworkers. We are like a big family here. I feel like I have twelve sisters and brothers! It has also been great to learn so much about beer and the process in which its made.”
What is your favorite beer? “Hmm… that is a hard question. I would say my current favorite is the Goldihops Wheat IPA but my preferences change so much with the my mood and the weather. I like the more hoppy beers. The Flying Red Carpet Scottish Ale is also another one of my favorites.” She told me she was waiting patiently for October when the Mexican Chocolate Porter makes its appearance for the annual Missoula Day of the Dead Festival.
Adventures in Home Brewing: We had a great chat about her foray into the world of home brewing as well. For a period of six months, her and two friends would brew a new beer every Wednesday. She described the experience as awesome, amazing and fun but it definitely has given her a deeper appreciation for the amount of skill and hard work that it takes to brew a truly great beer. The worst beer she ever produced was infused with coriander- maybe a bit too much. “It didn’t look like too bad of an amount of coriander when we were putting it in, but it was way too much. It ended up tasting pretty much like perfume.”
What is your favorite part about living in Missoula: “I love the proximity of everything to Missoula. All the outdoor activities. I love trail running so having everything so close is really great. Missoula is also just so laid back and friendly and I love that.”