Meet Victory: John Bair

It’s time to meet another Victory superstar. Today, we introduce you to John Bair. Not only is John one of our brewers, he is also our Plant Safety and Training Manager. He’s keeping our staff safe while bringing our flavorful beers to you. Oh yah, and he dresses up as Santa Claus for our annual Breakfast with Santa!

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You had better be good ‘cause he knows where you live.

Q: Your title is Plant Safety and Training Manager. What do you really do here?
A: It is my responsibility is to see that everyone works in the safest manner possible and that the company stays within OSHA compliance. Depending on how well I do my job, it could affect the cost of the product. The more money Victory saves on production, the lower the price of the beer to the consumer. I also spend time training the new guys and re-training existing staff on safety procedures so that we can be more efficient.

Q: How long have you worked for Victory?
A: Seven years.  Before that, I was a brewer in California. And before that, I was a bread baker for a small Jewish bakery in California.

Q: What is the coolest thing about your job?
A: This is a good question because people’s impression of what brewers do is different than the actual reality. People think we do a lot more tasting during our work day than we actually do. There is little-to-none of that other than sampling in the lab. What’s great is that I get to do so many things. I’m not working the same schedule or even the same department each day. I love that I have responsibilities beyond brewing. It keeps me active mentally.

Q: What was the worst job you ever had?
A:I did a lot of really ridiculous things, but I never really thought about any of them being bad, because at least I had a job.

Q: Tell me something about yourself that no one would know just by looking at you.
A: I’m actually a chimp in a man suit.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A rock star.

Q: Now that you’re a grownup, what do you want to be when you grow up?
A: A rock star.

Q: You discover a magic lamp, like Aladdin, and you get three wishes. What are they?
A:First one would be for universal peace amongst all things, everywhere, for eternity. Second one would be happiness, for everyone, for eternity. I don’t know what the third wish would be because that pretty much covers everything.

Q: Finish this sentence: Beer is…
A: My job.

Q: What’s your favorite snack food?
A: Cheez-Its and summer sausage.

Q: What is your favorite line to quote from a movie?
A: “PC-Load letter what the F***  does that mean?” – Office Space

Q: What is your favorite Victory beer and food pairing?
A: Scarlet Fire and chipotle wings.

Q: What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?
A: Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Q: Tell us something that you were into as a kid/teenager that you are totally embarrassed by now.
A: I’ll tell anyone anything about myself; I don’t really get embarrassed.

Q: Someone is making a movie about your life, and it starts filming tomorrow. Who should be cast as you?
A: I’d like to see Jeff Bridges play me. I think we’re somewhat similar from the roles that he plays and the way that he portrays his characters.

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One Response to Meet Victory: John Bair

  1. John Bair June 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM #

    I resemble that.

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The story of Victory Brewing Company starts on a school bus in 1973 when fifth-graders Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski stepped aboard, on their way to a new school. The two became fast friends and remained so, even as they grew up and went to college on opposite coasts. Just months out of college, Bill’s appreciation of good beer and access to his father’s home brewing equipment inspired him to explore the hobby. That same year (1985), Bill gave Ron a home brewing kit as a Christmas gift. With that, both Bill and Ron developed their love of the craft…
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