We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyssa Thorpe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alyssa, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor to my success is being authentic to who I am. As a brewer you have to make beer that people want to drink, but I always try to keep my voice and style on everything that I make. I believe this gives your brewery a memorable uniqueness that sets you apart from the many other breweries in the area.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I decided I wanted to become a professional brewer about 5 years ago, I was lucky enough to land a spot in the Regis University applied craft brewing program in hopes that it would give me a leg up in breaking into an industry I had no experience in. I soon found out that women only make up a very small percentage of brewers, so even with my education I found it very difficult to land a job being a woman. Because of this, I started my Instagram account @southernbeergirl to show how passionate I am about beer and brewing and to encourage other women and minority groups to pursue a career as a brewer. 5 years later I am a head brewer at a central downtown brewery and I have 34k followers on Instagram who see what I do every day and the message I share.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First things first- start with a beer or two at Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery where I make all the beer at! Assuming these are normal times outside of COVID, you could head on over to the Rockies Stadium and watch an evening baseball game, if your hankering for a good meal after that head over to the Rino area where you can check out Barcelona Wine bar and have a big dish of Paella. If you are still craving a few beers after that head over to Bierstadt Lagerhaus for some of the best German Lagers Denver has to offer!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
SO many people to thank and recognize that contributed to my success in my career- Everyone in the beer industry tends to be very helpful and willing to lend advice but the most influential have been my fellow lady brewers, particularly Kelissa Hieber of Goldspot brewing, Ashleigh Carter of Bierstadt Lagerhaus, and Bess Dougherty, former head brewer at The Grateful Gnome.
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