This is Sam’s second time as the Guide of the Month, so you should be honored to have him on your tour! Read on to learn more about Sam.
1. What is the most interesting/unusual job that you’ve had prior to working for City Brew Tours?
I delivered potato chips out of the back of a truck in Trenton NJ. It was a small, cash-only business that I worked at my freshman year of college to make some money to send my Dad and Stepmom on a honeymoon.
2. What is something you’ve always wanted to learn how to do?
Swim. The last time someone tried to teach me the lifeguard asked me to never come back because I was stressing her out too much.
3. What’s something new you’ve learned about beer recently?
I learned this yesterday while I probably should have been studying – but Niels Bohr won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922 for his contributions to our understanding of atomic structure. To congratulate him Carlsberg Brewery built him a house next to the brewery with a pipeline directly from the brewery to the house so he could have free beer on tap at all times. Motivation for my future.
4. Would you rather be completely invisible for a day or able to fly for a day?
Definitely able to fly – who wants to be invisible?
5. What would people never guess is a part of your job as a beer tour guide?
Being asked if I’m the midget stripper they ordered on 65% of bachelorette parties I’ve worked.
6. What was the last movie you watched?
Julie and Julia – solid film.
7. What has been one of your favorite moments you’ve experienced while working for City Brew Tours?
Some of my favorite moments are when I’m able to be part of someone’s special occasion. It makes the job so much more fun when you’re a part of some old friends meeting up for the first time in years or when a family comes from so far away to visit Philadelphia and they tell you that your tour was the best part of their trip.
8. What advice do you have for a guide that has never run a tour before?
Your first tour is not going to be your best tour. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb and make some jokes – if you’re nervous just play it off. Once you get into your element in the brewery and you’re talking about what you know – your passion will be palpable and everyone will forget the bad parts.
9. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
I love backpacking and exploring new places – I’ve always wanted to go to the Amazon rainforest to explore. I guess that will have to wait until they’re no longer on fire. Hopefully, there’s still something left by the time I’m able to get there!