Meet Victory: Andy Hoffman

Ever wonder who makes all of our awesome videos at the brewery? Well, meet Andy Hoffman, the man in charge of just that! His job as Digital Media Specialist is devoted to herding all of our beer and staff members in front the camera. Whether it’s climbing up the fermentation tanks at Parkesburg, attaching a camera to the end of a crane or attempting to get one solid take out of Matt, he’s always trying to get the perfect shot. Why not check out the YouTube page for yourself and subscribe?

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Q: How long have you worked here at Victory?
A: I’m not even really sure anymore. Two years, I think?  I started as an intern during my last two semesters at Temple, but my Dad and I have been coming to Victory since the place opened – don’t worry I only drank the root beer!

Q: What is the best thing about your job? And the worst?
A: I get paid to make movies about craft beer, I mean, where do I go from there? As for the worst thing, I guess I could use a new lens maybe?

Q: What was the worst job you ever had?
A: I was an assistant camera operator for a crappy music video.  That wasn’t the bad part, in fact the camera and lighting departments were fantastic. The bad part was the disorganized producer who decided to cast the artist’s buddies in a new party scene he invented on the spot. It was a circus. He also stole our laptop to use as a prop. Since we weren’t done using it to transfer footage yet and didn’t realize it was missing till the end of the day, guess who had to wait up all night for the new transfer to finish before making a three hour drive to return the rented equipment?

Q: Tell me something about yourself that no one would know just by looking at you.
A: Japanese cinema > French cinema

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A famous director. Looking back, I have no idea why anyone would ever want that.  Editing is where the movie is made.

Q: What do you miss most about being a kid?
A: Going to, and then working at summer camp.

Q: Finish this sentence: Beer is…
A: …good, beer is good, beer is good…and stuff.

Q: What’s currently playing on your iPod?
A: Currently a lot of Isis and Opeth, but The Flaming Lips, Neil Young and Flogging Molly all held the top spot for a while. Not really sure how that happened.

Q: What is your favorite line to quote from a movie?
A: ”Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say yes!” – Ghostbusters

Q: What is your favorite Victory pairing?
A: Dark Intrigue and a nice cigar.

Q: If you knew the world was ending, what would you do?
A: Finish my beer and grab a hold of my towel.

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
A: Instantly knowing the temperature and gravity of my carboy from anywhere. That’d be cool.

Q: Which celebrity do people tell you that you resemble?
A: Wil Wheton

Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
A: Wil Wheton

Q: Who would you want to write the autobiography of your life?
A: Roger Hobbs

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2 Responses to Meet Victory: Andy Hoffman

  1. Bill Covaleski January 25, 2014 at 8:51 AM #

    Okay, Andy, we hear you about the new lens. Very sly messaging. Well played!

  2. john bossong February 1, 2014 at 3:45 PM #

    Andy is a great kid, he videoed my sons and I after I was selected to home brew with Victorys hops, Great day and he is a true professional!

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