Behind the Bush: Jen Piotter

Jennifer Piotter. Jen. Jenny. JP. P. What can I say about our Marketing Director/Poobah Minor/Bartender/Mug Club Advocate/Friend/Employee…ok, there are way too many slash marks to actually define Jen’s jobs here at Greenbush. She holds a special place in the hearts of her “bosses” as the first employee to ever simply walk in and ask for a job. (See below for the full story.) Without Jen, we’d likely never make it to a festival or event with all our pieces in order, our merch would be a total mess, and the mug club would be in complete disarray. You see, in a nutshell, Jen is just plain awesome. (And on a personal note, one of the best double date partners my husband and I have ever met.) — Jill

What’s your relationship to Greenbush?
My latest claim to fame is as the Marketing Director. With the help of many, many people, I handle this here blog, merchandise,  part of our social media madness, event planning and taproom events, etc. And that’s a very wide-ranging “etc.”

How’d you get involved with the brewery?
I walked in one day and asked Jill for a job and she said no (can you imagine?). But with much persistence (a.k.a. coming to the taproom often with my friends) and an article I wrote on the brewery for BlueStarHighway.com, I officially became the first person Greenbush hired that no one at the brewery knew prior to then. Started as a bartender in July 2011.

What time is happy hour for you?
Anytime I’m having a good meal with good friends I’m pretty happy, but I honestly don’t drink too much around the traditional happy hour.

You’re on a deserted island and can only have one case of mass-produced domestic beer dropped to you—what do you pick?
It shames me to say it, but Bud Light. I won’t say more.

Redeem yourself—what’s your favorite non-Greenbush beverage to drink?
Beer: Great Divide Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti imperial stout is my favorite. Otherwise, give me something with citrus, bubbles and gin, vodka or tequila and I’m happy. I tell bartenders that, word-for-word, and they laugh at me and then make something delicious.

What’s been your most memorable Greenbush experience thus far?
Winter Beer Fest in Grand Rapids this past February was a riot from start to finish. Awesome time with awesome people, from buying kids boots for adults to playing Ms. Pac-Man for hours at Pyramid Scheme.

What do you really think about all this madness?
It’s a fantastic whirlwind.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An astronaut. I really wish my parents had sent me to space camp.

If you were a Greenbush beer, which would you be and why?
Mammoth or Doomslayer. Mammoth because, by stature I’m the complete opposite, but in integrity, loyalty and love I am a mammoth. Doomslayer in the literal sense–I try to keep a positive attitude no matter what.

What’s your favorite food?
Tacos. Hands down.

Where do you think you and Greenbush will be in 5 years?
I think Greenbush will be highly successful, with greater distribution across the U.S. and a household name among craft beer drinkers. Yeah, Sawyer!

If you only had one item you could take with you to work, what would it be and why?
My phone. If I didn’t have anything else with me, I could get most of my work done on it.

What’s the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
The Inca Trail/Machu Picchu in Peru or Cairo, Egypt–the latter may not exactly be “exotic” but the most chaotic and different from any place I’ve ever experienced.

Chicago or Michigan sports teams (or Indiana if you’re crazy)?
Chicago first, forever and always–I’m a die-hard Cubs fan and I’m proud to say I had both a Chicago Bulls cast (broken wrist) and Starter jacket by age 9.

Did you have a favorite brewery before Greenbush opened? If so, what and why?
Some of my favorite beers were from Anderson Valley Brewing Company, so I’ll go with that, but I honestly didn’t get much into craft beers prior to the year before I started working at Greenbush.

What’s on your nightstand?
Alarm clock, desk lamp, Mental Floss Instant Knowledge, tissues and chap stick.

How many beers do you drink in a typical day?
Approximately .75 beers.

Rhapsody Hero (where you try to pick the WORST song for everyone to enjoy)—what’s your pick?
I have a new one–“I Made it Through the Rain” by Barry Manilow. Absolutely terrible.

BONUS QUESTION
If beer didn’t exist (rue the horrible world for lack of creativity, if this were true), what would your ideal occupation be? I mean, if you weren’t rich, famous, and retired…
I’d either try to make a living as a travel writer (still dream of that) or I’d open a bakery that doesn’t require me being awake anytime before 7 a.m.

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4 thoughts on “Behind the Bush: Jen Piotter

  1. Jen makes everybody feel welcome in that taproom, whether you’re a four-times-a-week-almost-Jimmy-level regular or a on-season drop-in.

  2. Jen was bartending in the first months we became mug clubbers. Sweet, sweet lady. She taught me to not say “IPA’s are yucky” and to just say “they are not my preference”. 😉 Guess what, Jen? I have developed a preference for some now. LOL

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