Meet Adam Bartles, a Senior Brewer here at Victory Brewing Company. He’s one of the people who helps make the beer you love taste so good.
Q: How long have you worked for Victory?
A: I started on the second day of 2007. So four and a half years now.
Q: What’s your favorite part about the job?
A: It’s fun to be a part of the cooperative effort of making new beers, try something out, taste it, talk about it. It’s a rapidly expanding brewery. Translating ideas into new processes and being part of making this great beer that you really enjoy is rewarding. So is going up to the bar and tasting the beer and knowing it tastes great.
Q: So explain what you really do here.
A: I have my hands in everything that happens on the liquid side of the production. From purchasing ingredients and maintaining the inventory to the final steps of preparing beer for packaging, I oversee all that.
Q: What’s the worst job you ever had?
A: I worked a lot of pretty lousy jobs. I’ve been working since I was 13. I started out picking tomatoes, that was lousy. My next job was washing dishes in a kitchen, that was horrible. In my early years of college I was sealing asphalt, working on pavement and spraying oil, that was dirty and hot.
Q: Tell us something about you that we wouldn’t be able to tell just by looking at you.
A: My number one passion is growing orchids. I have about 35 orchids in my apartment now. I’ve been collecting and growing orchids for close to 10 years. I’ve always been into horticulture and plants. I have worked on farms in the past, but my later years in college and after grad I worked in greenhouses and sod farms. As I started to have some of my own space. I got into houseplants. I was really into little trees and stuff, was looking for a particular tree and saw this one orchid and had to have it. I still have that one; it was my first one. It was not unlike when I got into this brewing thing. I came in to the brewery and didn’t know anything about brewing beer but it was this whole world, communities of people in forums and magazines, same with orchids and beer.
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Basically up until I graduated from college I always wanted to be a writer or a college professor. I really wanted to be a travel writer and go fishing and get paid to go on fishing trips. As I grew up I decided to go to graduate school and become a professor, but then decided to go into the workforce instead.
Q: Now that you’re grown up, what do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I’m pretty satisfied where I am right now. Looking down the road, it would be nice to stay at home. I have all these passions of things I love to do. If I didn’t have a job I would love to just fish, hunt, golf, take care of plants, ride bikes. Actually, what I really want to be is a former president of the United States.
Q: Finish this sentence. Beer is . . .
A: Universal. It fits anywhere, it’s a perfect drink.
Q: What’s your favorite candy?
A: It changes. I go through phases too. I’ve been eating PayDays lately, lots of peanuts. I like Hershey bars too, with almonds. And those Take 5 bars, those are pretty good.
Q: What’s your favorite line to quote from a movie?
A: “Hey Wang, I hear this place is restricted so don’t tell ‘em you’re Jewish, okay? Okay.”
Q: What’s your favorite Victory beer and food pairing?
A: I’ve always been a fan of a wheat beer with a pretzel. Also with some swiss cheese and a red apple.
Q: Favorite TV show?
A: The Simpsons.
Q: They’re filming a movie about you, and it starts tomorrow. Who is cast as you, and who plays your love interest?
A: Well it would have to be a cartoon movie. So I guess I would be played by Fry from Futurama and my love interest would be Maude Flanders.