Alton C. Shields
– I am a craft beer lover & I am passionate about the industry! I could drink my favorite craft brews everyday for sustenance. Working in a brewery is a true dream come true!
– Experiencing the ABC taproom and our awesome craft beers where they were “birthed” is nothing short of pure delight. I have been coming into the taproom ever since I drank my first ABC beer 8 years ago.
– I was a professional musician/singer for 4 four years back in the day. We opened a concert for the Isley Brothers and we even performed with Mavis Staples & the Staples Singers. Our former lead singer, Crystal Talefero, performs with Billy Joel and has been his musical director for over 20 years.
I’d switch with someone in sales! They get to meet all kinds of people at beer events and if I had to sell something, beer would be it!
I’ve done a 12 hour Ultra run (twice!) It pushes my physical and mental limits, and I love that! I try to do the same race annually.
I can name my entire kindergarten class alphabetically by first name
I never turn down a last-minute flight anywhere NEW! if you haven’t checked out Colombia – go book a flight ASAP
A perfect day off would start at a local coffee shop, go for a hike with my Golden (Yoda) & my Yorkie (Bella), take some dope pictures, and end the day by checking out a new brewery or a good cocktail bar.
I went to Oktoberfest in Munich and on the way back got lost for 2 hours… made it back alive though! Unless I’m writing this from the beyond….
I actually started bartending at a brewery when I was still in grad school and fell in love with the production side of things the more I bartended and learned about beer. It’s the perfect mix of science and art, something I can truly pour my soul into.
My favorite style has to be German Pilsner. I love crisp, clean, and bitter beer. Hence why my favorite ABC beer has to be Homestand!
The craziest thing I have ever done was go on tour while I was in a punk band in college with basically no money for about 2 and a half weeks.
Pour Taproom in downtown Wilmington, NC
I bartended at a craft beer taproom one summer and I have been hooked ever since.
Gotta go with that Applewood Smoked because I don’t trust those Canadians LOL
I am about 98% colorblind and can see very specific shades of red blue and green!
I’m a musician by heart but you’ll find me tubing in Helen and shooting the hooch as much as possible!
Working at a package store. It introduced me to the massive world of craft and I just fell deeper down the rabbit hole of beer.
Surround myself with nature, dogs, and great beer & wine.
Teleportation; I’ll never be late to work again.
The Grand Tetons might just be the most beautiful place in the world.
I try to keep many “embers in the fire” so something can catch the blaze. Graduate School and homesteading take up most of my time.
Bonfire with some lovely people who can join in on the drum circle and howling at the moon.