Featured in this Meet the Brewmaster series are three friendly faces from Manayunk Brewing Company. Today we get to learn more about the Sales Manager behind Manayunk’s beer distribution, Candace Holmes, and her experience in the craft beer industry.
Candace started out working at a bottle shop in Philadelphia. Each day she met a variety of craft beer lovers that flowed in and out of the store. It wasn’t long before she got involved in a few beer and homebrew groups. Since then she was hooked! The positivity, love for craft beer, and camaraderie the industry had to offer had Candace knowing she wanted to follow this passion of hers. Read on to learn more about Candace and all she’s done for Manayunk’s beer. Don’t forget, if you’re in the Manayunk area, stop in for a free tour of their brewery.
Name: Candace Holmes
Nickname: Pounder Cans
Title: Sales Manager
Favorite MBC Brew: Belly Flop. I love gose styles and cucumbers; it’s a perfect blend!
When did you join Manayunk Brewing Company and how has your role grown over time?
CH: I joined Manayunk Brewing Company in December 2016 as the Sales Manager. Since then I’ve added more accounts, bringing our beer to more bottle shops throughout the area. Alongside that, I’ve added more responsibilities to the role. Occasionally I also get to help with canning the beer.
What does a typical day for you look like?
CH: As Sales Manager I make sure each of my accounts are taken care of. I visit each account to check their stock, let them know of new releases we have coming, and take down their orders. I also set up and run beer samplings and events.
What do you love most about your work in this industry?
CH: I love getting to meet people that share my passion!
What is your favorite style of beer?
CH: Gose is my favorite style.
Which beer would you brew that you haven’t yet tried?
CH: For me personally, I’d love to brew a coffee IPA.
All of your craft beer experiences considered, what has been your biggest brewing success?
CH: I brewed a butternut squash fall spiced beer with my dad that turned out great. It was brewed in the historical fashion – in a cauldron over an open fire!
Here’s the tough question – If you couldn’t drink MBC beer, whose beer would you drink and why?
CH: Neshaminy Creek. They have a large array of styles, I enjoy their portfolio, and the people that work there are all awesome.
Craft beer is a great industry full of passionate people like you mentioned. For those craft beer lovers who have skeptics at home, what would you recommend as a gateway beer?
CH: I’d recommend any wheat, Belgian, wit, or hefeweizen beer style. They are lighter but have some great flavor notes. They’re also not too bitter or heavy, which can often turn people away.
photo courtesy of Manayunk Brewing Company