Behind the Bush: Cassie Beebe


Where do we begin with Cassie? Let’s let Mike start us off… Cassie Beebe, GB’s very first and only official full-time cellarWOMAN. She joined us early June of 2012 as an intern and quickly became one of our most proficient hand-bottlers. Cassie’s adamant, to-the-point demeanor and stalwart work ethic greatly helped strengthen our taproom bottle inventory system in some of it’s earlier stages. She later moved on to lead our cellarmen in production on our new Meheen bottling line.

Her problem-solving, attention to detail and organizational skills landed her a new position as our aptly titled “Demolitions Recovery Specialist” (or more formally) “Project Manager”. She now handles a lot of our supply and renovation related business. She is usually found working. Floating endlessly between the two hubs on the premises (possibly with Type O-Negative blaring out of her headphones). Read on to learn a bit more about our fabled “Lady of the Cellar.”

[Jen’s taking over for a minute…] I don’t think that even begins to do justice to how awesome she is. Let me break it down in more concrete terms: Cassie will help anyone with anything (folding t-shirts by morning with me and staining oak by daytime for the taproom, yep); she’ll get the job done faster and more thoroughly than most anyone else; and she won’t listen to you when you tell her she probably doesn’t need to move 150+ lb. kegs… all day long. 

What do you do at Greenbush?
Actual title: Demolitions Recovery. Enough said.

How’d you get involved with the brewery?
I came in to help one day and continued to work at least 12 hour days for 2 weeks straight. I hired myself in a way, it’s been non-stop since then! 

What time is happy hour for you?
Saturday…all day. 

You’re on a deserted island and can only have one case of mass-produced domestic beer dropped to you—what do you pick?
Stag is technically domestic, right?

What’s your favorite non-Greenbush beverage to drink?
Whiskey or water.

What’s been your most memorable Greenbush experience thus far?
Stocking kegs 5 high outside of the original cooler and still trying to produce and store the product.

What do your friends think about all this madness?
They want to participate! They have their own mugs and are always amazed with renovations we do. 

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Geologist…eventually mortician; beer is perfect for me. 

If you were a Greenbush beer, which would you be and why?
1825. Your mom will like me and your dad won’t think I’m a wuss. 

What’s your favorite food?
Pizza: I ❤ U 4-EVA.

Where do you think you and Greenbush will be in 5 years?
I hope to be working on projects for new facilities. 

If you only had one item you could take with you to work, what would it be and why?
Computer, it’s how I do the majority of my work! 

What’s the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
The I-80 truck stop in Iowa. Exotic because it was around 3 in the morning. Iowa was covered in darkness (thank the Lord), the titillating brightness of the Travel America drew me in like any moth to moon. They had 2 semi-trucks displayed as if it were a Price Is Right showcase. Two semi trucks…INSIDE! And moccasins. 

Chicago or Michigan sports teams (or Indiana if you’re crazy)?
Michigan. Michigan. Michigan. 

Did you have a favorite brewery before Greenbush opened? If so, what and why?
I enjoyed 3 Floyds beer but had only ever visited Founders in Grand Rapids. 

What’s on your nightstand?
Nothing juicy, some pens maybe. 

How many beers do you drink in a typical day?

Rhapsody Hero (where you try to pick the WORST song for everyone to enjoy)—what’s your pick?
Type O-Negative: Cinnamon Girl (cover, clearly). Peter Steele made the best voices. 

Since starting at Greenbush, you’ve been a jack of all trades (and master of most); what’s been your favorite “job” here?
Where I started, cellerman [Ed’s note: we preferred to call her “Lady of the Cellar.”] That job is awesome.

What’s it like living with three guys you work with at Greenbush?


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