Meet Johnny MacKay, Victory’s retail manager in Downingtown! His days are filled with keeping a proper and tight rotation on all of our beers, to keep a fresh and consistent supply of available brands at all times from season to season.
Q: How long have you worked here at Victory?
A: I feel like I’ve always been here, but it’s actually only been five or six years.
Q: What is the best thing about your job? And the worst?
A: The best part of my job would definitely have to be the people I work with and the customers that I see day to day. Everyone’s got a great attitude here and the customers all have plenty of interesting stories, if you give them the time to share them. It’s rewarding helping someone make a decision on a beer to purchase knowing that they’re stoked to get home as quick as possible just to crack it open and give it a sip.
Worst is probably keeping track of all the merchandise we have in inventory. So. Many. Numbers. I’ve legitimately had a nightmare before where I was counting inventory and couldn’t find an item and had a panic attack. I know, pathetic right?
Q: What was the worst job you ever had?
A: I used to manage a dog farm, which was an awesome job, but had its share of gritty work. One day, our tractor broke for good and it became my job to dig any hole we needed by hand. This was happening at the hottest time of the summer, which, as you can imagine, was also pretty awesome. That would probably be the worst job I’ve ever done.
Q: Tell me something about yourself that no one would know just by looking at you.
A: I have a weird obsession with old, cheesy cult B-horror movies.
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
A: I guess I always had the usual dreams when I was a kid of being a professional baseball player or actor. But, if I had to choose, I would definitely say Indiana Jones was my number one aspiration.
Q: What do you miss most about being a kid?
A: I definitely miss the incredibly easy ways to be amused. I was at a bar the other day and watched a little toddler running around a table in circles for over an hour with a smile that stretched across her face the whole time like she had found the promised land. She wasn’t chasing anybody or being chased, she just really enjoyed running around her parents’ table in an endless circle. If I tried to do that now, I’d just look odd. Probably get arrested, too.
Q: If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
A: I would go back to the day the old guy that I worked with at that dog farm drove our tractor headfirst into a wall and bent the hell out of it, and I would stop him from ever getting on the thing in the first place. Would have saved me from digging a lot of holes…
Q: Finish this sentence: Beer is…
A: Best consumed in mass quantities.
Q: What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
A: I actually checked my iPod to see what it was. “Otherside” by Red Hot Chili Peppers. I was surprised, but hey man, it’s a good song. I’m okay with that.
Q: What is your favorite line to quote from a movie?
A: “Somebody has to kill the babysitter,” from Cable Guy. Holds a lot of value if you think about it.
Q: What is your favorite Victory beer and food pairing?
A: Mac and cheese topped with Panko chicken fingers, jalapeños, bacon, caramelized onions, mushrooms and bayou burn sauce paired with a Summer Love.
Q: If you knew the world was ending, what would you do differently?
A: I think I’d just stop shaving. I’d let my ratty little facial hairs grow and flourish as God intended without caring about looking like a prepubescent teenager. Also probably start wearing an eye patch. Cause you know, what the hell, right?
Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
A: I think powers like Spiderman’s pretty much take the cake for this. Sure, everyone wants to fly, but being able to produce a web would be like having an endless rope swing with way more excitement. However, if you don’t live in a big city you’re pretty much screwed.
Q: Which celebrity do people tell you that you resemble?
A: Ronald McDonald.
Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
A: When I was younger, it always used to be Elisha Cuthbert from The Girl Next Door for obvious reasons for any 6th grader. Now I would have to say I’m leaning more toward Kristen Bell. Actually, let’s just stick with a tie.
Q: What would you name the autobiography of your life?
A: “John MacKay: The Man, The Myth, The Retail Clerk”… a little conceited, but I stand by it, dammit!