Jayson Sites may not be an everyday member of the Greenbush crew but he’s as integral to our everyday success as anyone. A musician by trade–bass player for Half-Pint Jones and occasional member of Squirm Orchestra–Jayson is married to our wonderful Ambassador of Everything, Jill. The Fantastic Mr. Sites is both hilarious and mellow, bringing levity to all our lives. He also seems to keep a lot on his nightstand.
What’s your relationship to Greenbush?
Co-owner with my wife, Jill. Lucky benefactor.
How’d you get involved with the brewery?
Jill, being the social media and PR dynamo that she is, was “tapped” by Scott and Justin to run that aspect of the business. They sent us with a home brewed 6-pack to try, and it was apparent there was no question we needed to be involved. The madness began there.
What time is happy hour for you?
I’m Irish, is there a point where Happy Hour doesn’t exist? For the love of humanity, drink a beer when the moment strikes you.
You’re on a deserted island and can only have one case of mass-produced domestic beer dropped to you—what do you pick?
Old Style, in a can, without question. But if “they” show up with only one case, I’m going primate and lobbing coconuts.
Redeem yourself—what’s your favorite non-Greenbush beverage to drink?
Redeem myself? Old Style is delicious. But, a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is always a nice reliable beer to drink. Founders KBS when it’s available. Blue Point Toasted Lager for lighter drinking.
What’s been your most memorable Greenbush experience thus far?
Brewing a special beer for my band, ‘Half-Pint Jones’, album release. The beer was called Lagniappe, and I just got word it’s being brewed again soon. That was a memorable experience.
What do you really think about all this madness?
Not since Plate Tectonics, and the day the TV show “CHiPs” was cancelled, has there been such a massive shift on the planet.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A musician. Goal accomplished! A starring character on the show CHiPs. Goal thwarted! No 7-Mary code for this guy.
If you were a Greenbush beer, which would you be and why?
Since we don’t brew many beers that are “mellow and easy,” I’ll opt for irony and say Loud Mouth Soup.
What’s your favorite food?
The original Joe’s Pizza, in NYC. I could eat those slices every day and be a happy guy. (Author’s disclaimer: this answer could be different tomorrow.)
Where do you think you and Greenbush will be in 5 years?
I think we’ll be here and there. We just won’t be everywhere (standards, and all).
If you only had one item you could take with you to a beer festival, what would it be and why?
Jill, because I always have a great time with her. But if it has to be an inanimate object a real, actual glass, pint glass would be ideal.
What’s the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
Mexico seems like a boring answer, so how about the Rockies in Canada. I’ve seen grizzly bears, moose, eagles, mountain lions, and all sorts of other animals roaming free. That’s kind of exotic. And who ever says Canada?
Chicago or Michigan sports teams (or Indiana if you’re crazy)?
Chicago! Although, I’m a U of M fan when it’s collegiate.
Did you have a favorite brewery before Greenbush opened? If so, what and why?
Founders, because of the consistency in their variety and quality. Always a huge fan. Followed by Short’s and Dark Horse.
What’s on your nightstand?
A lamp, a clock, carmex, tv remotes, Keith Richards autobiography, pharmaceuticals, Valerian pills, and a fake pot brownie packaged in some funny peace sign plastic called “easy cake.” It’s just natural herbs and fillers. I bought it at a fireworks/smoke shop in Indiana out of curiosity. The guy said it helps with insomnia. I think I need to eat it for that to be true, but it just sits there making me chuckle when I look at it. Oh, and I always have water.
How many beers do you drink in a typical day?
I keep it to a few a week. Sometimes more, sometimes less. There is nothing typical about my life.
Rhapsody Hero (where you try to pick the WORST song for everyone to enjoy)—what’s your pick?
“On the Wings of Love” by Jeffrey Osborne. That song is just a bit too campy.
Which of the musical instruments you own is your favorite and why?
It’s like picking a favorite food or kid, but ‘Rosa’, my Sadowsky bass. It’s a custom bass that’s modeled off of the late sixties Fender Jazz Master, and it sounds and plays like heaven. If heaven is to have its clouds funked up by the likes of this guy.