We’ve invited women in the beer industry to share their experiences with us. We’re excited to welcome these special guests on June 27:
Brooklyn Brewery: Jennifer Breckner
Jennifer Breckner is a non-profit strategist, event developer, and writer who works at the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition she serves as Chicago Events Ambassador for Brooklyn Brewery in order to share the veteran brewery’s flavorful, ingredient-focused styles with the public. An advocate for the good food movement, Jennifer served as a board member of Slow Food Chicago, from 2011 – 2014 and now serves the organization at a regional level. Chosen as a 2014 delegate to Slow Food International’s Terra Madre Conference in Turin, Italy, characterized as “the holy grail of food” gatherings, she participated exclusively in craft beer taste workshops where she tasted German, Italian, Scandinavian and American craft beers while learning the historical and cultural context of each style and its ingredients. A highlight was to sample Finland’s ultra rare Sahti, a traditional ale often flavored with Juniper Berries, that is offered by only a handful of commercial producers in the world.
The Church Street Brewing Company: Lisa Gregor
I have a Bachelors degree in Spanish and International Relations from Lake Forest College and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Northwestern University. I love foreign languages.
We have 4 children, aged 26 to 17. Our oldest is a Captain in the Army and is currently in Afghanistan. Our older daughter is an Applied Behavior Analyst. We have a son who swims at the University of Cincinnati and our youngest will be a freshman at Saint Louis University in the Fall.
I’ve worked mainly in Sports (Swimming) and Healthcare, but in 2011, my husband and I decided to start the Church Street Brewing Company. He is a chemical engineer.
I basically do everything but brew. I oversee sales, marketing and the taproom and do all the procurement for the brewery. I do the various taxes; excise, sales, payroll, etc. I also manage logistics by making sure ingredients and kegs are available when they need to be and that shipments are ready to be picked up/delivered in a timely manner.
Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.: Jennifer G. Faulk, Director of Marketing
As part of the 4th generation, Jennifer joined the 127 year old family business after working for 20 + years in many diverse roles on her career path. These included positions with the City of Chicago, Mayor’s Office of Special Events and the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Her extensive background in marketing, event management and public relations have contributed to the family business thriving in the constantly changing and evolving environment of the beer industry. She and her husband also established the successful e-commerce company, www.Beerables.net , to fulfill a niche with consumers in providing “The Accessory Store for the Beer Enthusiast”.
Sweetwater Brewing – Sarah Green
Almost three years ago, Sarah left her job as a paralegal to pursue her passion for beer. From leading brewery tours to marketing and events to brewing, she’s had her hand in almost every aspect of beer. After completing a six month brewing internship at Goose Island, Sarah joined SweetWater Brewing Company as a marketing coordinator to help them launch the brewery in Chicago.
Temperance Beer Company – Claudia Jendron
Claudia gave up living on the beach as a marine biologist to chase her love of beer. Like her grandfather before her, Claudia started as a home brewer, so technically beer is in her genes. And these days it’s in her hair, clothes, boots (you get the picture). After leaving marine biology, Claudia brought her knowledge of South Carolina tidal inlets, oysters, and sturgeon to Goose Island, where she got her start in commercial brewing, barrel-filling, and cellaring. Countless 14-hour days later, Claudia is running brewery operations at Temperance.