On Friday, June 9, 2017, we will say farewell to our Katie Herrera! Since it is Katie's last day, we are also going to be donating 15% of our sales to the charity of Katie's choice. Katie decided she wanted the donation to go to Planned Parenthood, so not only can you come out Friday to hug Katie, but you can also come out to support Planned Parenthood!
Katie was our very first Side Project hire and has been with us since that very first Nov. 11, 2014 day that we opened the doors to The Side Project Cellar. Katie immediately immersed herself in her new role with Side Project. She'd already been bartending for 10+ years and had developed an incredible amount of beer knowledge, but she took in every new morsel of knowledge Side Project had to offer. She quickly learned how to clean our draft lines so she could help us keep our beautiful draft lines squeaky clean! I was so grateful to Katie when she started taking over ordering our beer, whiskey and wine from our distributors last year. And, if you're a whiskey drinker, Katie took the "boring" whiskey list I had been curating and elevated it to the large, amazing whiskey list it is today! I could go on and on about the wonderful things Katie has done for our small company. I've been so lucky to have such a dedicated and passionate Manager at The Side Project Cellar!
If you haven't heard the hot news, the talented Brian Dix is opening a new Missouri distributor called Craft Republic. Katie has decided to join the awesome Craft Republic team as Account Manager so she can help bring delicious beer to the masses, not just here at The Side Project Cellar. Congratulations to Katie! I'm so proud of her for taking this professional leap!
So... first on the docket is our staff vacation to the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival so we can Cheers to Katie's career in California style! Then, please join us on Friday, June 9th for Katie's last shift behind the bar at The Side Project Cellar. The 15% of sales to Planned Parenthood will be going on all day (1pm to 11pm), and Katie's last shift starts at 4pm.
And remember that Katie isn't going far! She'll be out in the market representing Craft Republic. And, she & Megan are going to be helping us keep our draft lines clean through the summer! And, I'll probably beg her to help us out with some Side Project releases every now and then too :) Thank you, Katie! Cheers to your amazing accomplishments, and we raise our stemmed glasses to your bright future!