Mug Shots - Sean Springmeier
Take a peek beyond the beer you love to drink with our blog series titled, "Mug Shots." There are a lot of folks here at Boulder Beer who play a huge role in our day to day success. This is our way of introducing you to the team that makes it all happen. It’s time for you to meet brewer, Sean Springmeier!
Sean is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee – he even has the accent to prove it! After 15 years in Tennessee, Sean wanted to shake things up and moved to Europe to play international rugby in Bristol, England for 3 years. “After playing football, lacrosse, and rugby for all those years, I obviously had some sports related injuries. These days, golf is the only sport I play.” When he returned from Europe, Sean moved to Johnson City, TN for two years, but had the urge to go west. He has been in Colorado for just over a year and wants to continue exploring the Western part of the US. Next up on his agenda, Moab!
“I’ve been in the beer industry for about 10 years now, working in all aspects of beer.” He started at age 17 serving, then bartending, managing a craft beer tavern, giving tours, and working in the distribution arm. When Sean got to Boulder Beer just over 6 months ago he started in the production and packaging sector and just recently took on a new role as brewer. “I’ve been home-brewing since I was 17 and haven’t stopped since.” We’re not sure on the legalities of that, but don’t worry he’s old enough now to brew legally! Sean is currently brewing a Roasted Pecan Nut Brown Ale for our 40th Anniversary Celebration on July 20th – you’ll have to stop by for a taste or twelve.
When Sean has free time he loves spending it in the great outdoors. Hiking, climbing, all things mountains, are his go-to activities on the weekends, “ohh and drinking beer.” He loves seeing the contrast between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains, but couldn’t pick a favorite because “they each have their own types of beauty.” Sean grew up with dogs and would love to rescue a new sidekick, but as we all know, dogs are a huge responsibility! He is a lover of all animals and has a special thing for donkeys. “I used to work on a farm and there was an old donkey named Pete. I would see him every day and to my knowledge, we became good friends” From then on he has always had a soft spot in his heart for them.
Sean is excited about developing his skills as a production brewer, but can’t do that on an empty stomach! As a vegetarian, his favorite menu item is the Southwest Wrap with Tempeh paired with a Gender Fluid Lager. Great choice!
Thanks Sean, for all you do! We appreciate you!