Meet Bryan, one of our graphic designers here at Victory. He has a hand in pretty much everything visual that the consumer interacts with—bottle labels, six packs, cases, posters, advertising, retail items, etcetera. It’s never boring, that’s for sure.
Q: How long have you worked here at Victory?
A: Just about two years, give or take a few weeks.
Q: What is the best thing about your job? And the worst?
A: The best part of my job is being able to help tell the story of our beers and our brewery through the branding and packaging of our products—not just communicating the flavor characteristics of a certain beer, but answering questions like “What’s its personality? What’s it like to drink it?” Being able to directly impact and shape the customer’s experience of our product is a huge challenge that I love being a part of.
The worst is probably the reality of time—for every project we complete, there are probably three more we wish we had the time to do. Thankfully we can usually file those ideas away and come back to them later on down the line.
Q: What was the worst job you ever had?
A: I was going to say my first job ever as an ice hockey score keeper (too many 6am December morning games with broken space heaters), but I just remembered my semester of working in the kitchen of our dining hall in college. I had absolutely NO idea what I was doing at first and always got stuck with the early morning weekend shifts…not exactly prime shifts for a college kid.
Q: Tell me something about yourself that no one would know just by looking at you.
A: Without my trusty beard, I look like I’m still a teenager. Sort of like this.
Q: What’s the best gift you ever gave?
A: Hmm…I’m gonna go with a “Personal Beach Day” set up. My girlfriend and I weren’t able to get down to the beach for her birthday, so I set up a sandbox, lounge chairs, cooler of beer, beach blankets and a soundtrack of beach sounds on the roof of her apartment in Philly—thankfully the weather cooperated and it turned out pretty well.
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
A: In order: professional hockey player, marine biologist (specializing in sharks), english teacher—and I’m pretty sure they track to The Mighty Ducks, Jaws, and Dead Poets Society directly. A few years ago I found this drawing from when I was about 8 years old—I probably should have known something like “graphic designer” (or at least something weird) was coming.
Q: What do you miss most about being a kid?
A: Though I may sound like a curmudgeon here, I honestly miss not being connected to devices, the internet and social networks 24/7. I get pretty antsy if I feel like I’m on them for too long, so I tend to try and keep moving/doing other things whenever I can.
Q: What’s the last book you read?
A: I’ve developed a tendency to read multiple books at the same time. Right now it’s The Art of the Idea by John Hunt, The 4-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss, and The Loch by Steve Alten.
Q: If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
A: The short answer is “everything,” so I’ll go with the future invention of a time machine and turn this question into the “wishing for more wishes” scenario.
Q: Finish this sentence: Beer is…
A: To paraphrase Homer Simpson, Beer is “the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” Always a classic.
Q: What’s the last song you added to your playlist?
A: “Heavydirtysoul” by Twenty One Pilots
Q: What is your favorite line to quote from a movie?
A: That’s a tough one—too many good choices. For now I’ll go with:
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
Q: What is your favorite Victory beer and food pairing?
A: At the moment it’s really hard to beat Summer Love and buffalo wings—or anything on the grill. Unless I can pair a beer with butter.
Q: Who’s your dinner party dream guest?
A: Robin Williams, hands down. Not only would it be incredible to have him back, it’d be like having an infinite number of dinner guests, and you’re just along for the ride.
Q: If you knew the world was ending, what would you do differently?
A: I’d stop wasting time on the internet and TV, and spend every waking moment with the people I care most about. And I’d need a ton of caffeine to increase the amount of waking moments, or I’d hope that the next question came true…
Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
A: The ability to freeze time, or if it’s anything like some of the latest superhero movies, the ability to run/move so fast that time essentially freezes anyway. Vacation days could stretch on and on, plus the savings on gas money would be phenomenal. Plus, I might be able to stop the world ending in the previous question.
Q: Which celebrity do people tell you that you resemble?
A: When I was a kid it was Macaulay Culkin or Prince William, but nowadays I’m not too sure. Though now that you mention it, there were quite a few instances early in my tenure at VBC when people said I resembled one Bill Covaleski if I was wearing my glasses. That counts, right?
Q: What’s on your wish list?
A: Long summer days full of nothing but relaxing and being outside with my favorite people.
Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
A: Let me check my laminated list…I’m going with Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks or Emma Stone.
Q: What would you name the autobiography of your life?
A: Yes, His Feet Were Always That Big: The Larger-Than-Life Tale of Bryan Kenny