At this point, we’ve been through our fair share of “Meet the Great Flood Team” features. This one, though – this one’s a little different than the rest. See, most of our stories start with someone coming across the bar, maybe badgering Vince for a job, and eventually joining the team. Annie’s story, though, goes back a little further than that. In order to get started with this one, we need to head back to when she was in third grade and met the one and only Grace Wolford, who ended up being her childhood best friend (albeit at a distance, given that Grace was a year ahead of her in school). Fast forward to Annie moving back to Louisville after finishing her degree at the University of Evansville, needing a job, and getting a recommendation from none other than Grace herself, and you have a set-up for another awesome member of our squad.
It was May when Annie wrapped up her degree in visual communications, and it wasn’t long before Grace gave her that recommendation to join our team. Annie wasn’t much of a craft beer fan until the end of her college years, when she started exploring the craft beer scene thanks to some of her hometown friends. Since joining the team, though, that interest has continued to grow, mostly thanks to the immense knowledge of Michael and Pearce, our extraordinary taproom managers. Michael and Pearce are probably two of the best people you can talk to about anything, and beer, obviously, is no exception.
As much as Annie loves working in the taproom, one of her favorite memories is actually over at the production warehouse in Shelby Park, where she helped with what was, apparently, a pretty rough canning run (no fault of hers, though). Even though she ended up having to scrap her gloves and stand on a platform to reach the cans, she loved seeing the other side of the business, especially at a time when we were just starting to hit the market. To top it all off, she came over and worked the taproom later that day, bringing the whole experience full circle.
Outside the brewery, Annie works at Equus & Jack’s Lounge. She’s also in the middle of remodeling the house her grandmother used to live in, so she’s into selecting paint colors and sprucing things up. She’s an avid reader, enjoying anything from Jonathan Tropper to books on mythology and Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. She also loves hanging out with her little sister, who’s a freshman at Bellarmine and fortunately down the road from the brewery.
One thing Annie loves most about working at the brewery, though, is her friendship with Grace. In high school, the two of them worked together at Plehn’s Bakery, so getting the chance to work here now is sort of them doing the same thing, but at drinking age. Essentially, they moved from sweets to porters (both of which are awesome).
Without further ado, though, let’s take a look at how Annie responded to the lightning round questions!
What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
When I was little, it was the Tagalong, but I’ve matured into liking coconut, so it’s now the Samoa.
If you were one Great Flood beer, what would you be?
Belgian Tripel because I don’t work that often, but when I do, it’s awesome.
What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Bacon. I can eat breakfast food all day long, though. Maybe it’s French toast. Really, I could just eat those two together.
If you could have any musical artist write the soundtrack of your life, who would it be?
I love music, but I can never remember the names of artists or songs. I guess I’d have to go with Lake Street Dive, though. I’ve been really into them lately. They’re just really chill. They sound like they’re from New Orleans, but they went to the Boston Conservatory in New England. I like to think I’m kind of a mix like that, too.
What’s your favorite movie?
That’s an easy one. Under the Tuscan Sun.