How long have you lived in Vermont? What’s your favorite place to show tourists in Burlington?
I have lived in Burlington for 4.5 years. After showing people around the beer scene, I always make sure they have plenty of options to keep the party going. For more great beers I recommend Archives, Manhattan’s or Finnigans. If food is what they crave, Arts Riot, Poco and Pascolo are unique to Burlington and delicious. If they are in the mood for Cocktails or dancing I generally send them to either Deli 126 or Club Lamp Shop (Late night only).
What is in your fridge/cellar right now?
Currently in my fridge is an old standby, Pilsner Urquell and a new one, Stargazer from 10 Bends Brewing.
What’s the coolest project you’re working on outside of work?
Currently, it is winter, so breaking in my new ski equipment is my top priority. You will find me at Smugglers Notch or Bolton Valley this winter.
What has been one of the best tours you’ve run while working at City Brew Tours?
I don’t think I have ever had a bad tour, but one that sticks out was a public one I did early on. It was a group of 11, 5 couples and a single guy from the Philippines. All strangers in the beginning and then at the end, I dropped the entire group off at a 5th brewery so they could all continue hanging out. Which in the end, is the ultimate compliment that I did my job.
Do you have any beer-drinking tips?
I start all my tours with the rule of 3. “Before you decide you don’t like something, give it 3 tries” It never ceases to amaze me how many people say “I normally hate this style but…” using that method.
What words of wisdom do you have for a guest that has never taken a tour before?
Ask questions. It can be about anything but ask questions. A guide’s sole mission is to make sure everyone has a good time, both on tour and during your stay in whatever city. Pick their brains and find out the information that maximizes your experience in that city.
If you could only drink one style of beer for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is an almost impossible question because depending on the season my tastes will very. But I have never not enjoyed a good Pilsner.
What is your most useless talent?
I can touch my tongue to my nose. (Harder than you think)