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.
Over the summer I went on a road trip out West, and brought two kittens along the way! We went to Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. I even got the kittens to hike with me on a trail at the Grand Canyon!
One of my friends was working at Creature Comforts while I lived in Athens. He really got me into the craft beer scene, and I figured a Chemistry degree would be a good tool for this industry!
I’m big into rock climbing! I recently got into it a couple months ago and have been hooked ever since. If I’m not in the brew house I’ll be in the climbing gym (but don’t mix the two).
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 almost got caught pouring soap in all the fountains at KSU🤭
Been to over 1000 breweries and I just love the culture and the friendliness.
I love a good session IPA, but right now my favorite beer to drink is our Hartsfield IPA!
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.
Moving to Atlanta and seeing all of the craft breweries here, I started trying and finding things I liked. I got deeper into the industry when we had a growler store and it exposed me to even more great beers and I was hooked!
I was a figure skater before high school and won a few gold medals!
Stouts and porters. Yes, even when it’s hot out.
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.
Baked Goods Blueberry Lemon Cobbler, it’s very refreshing and unlike any other beer I’ve ever had!
I am a graphic designer by day, with a specialty in illustration! I love all things art, yoga & hiking.
I’m originally from Kentucky & I was raised on a cattle farm. Fun fact, I met Larry David at the Kentucky Derby!