It’s a common response from anyone who reads my resume –
“Tell me about the beer brewing internship.”
I like beer, and when I was in graduate school, I really wanted to become the Digital Asset Manager for a beer brewing company with a storied history. A very smart person once told me the way to get your dream job is to build a resume that makes you a shoe-in for when that magical opportunity comes up.
I followed her advice and created an internship with the University of Michigan’s Special Collections. I’d been doing cataloging enhancement on their culinary archive, so I knew they had plenty of primary resources about the history of beer brewing. I created a digital exhibit and wrote a LibGuide about Michigan’s scholarly resources on beer brewing.
While I’m still waiting for that opportunity, my love of beer is eternal. When I graduated and moved to Chicago, I gathered some friends to start Comic Sloth Brewing.
It was a non-commercial venture, so to speak (we never did end up selling any). But we have a great time using what we know about brewing to create some tasty beer.
We took a break from Comic Sloth while living in Los Angeles, brewing a couple of times on our own. The best was a mole porter, which was earthy and smoky, with a hint of chocolate and a healthy Chile de árbol kick.
Now that we’re back in Chicago, we’re once again creating weird and tasty beers under the Comic Sloth banner.