F: As Director of Tavern Operations, what are you most proud of accomplishing, improving, or changing in the tavern?
AS: I think I'm most proud of developing a service model where staff and guests feel safe during COVID and are still able to enjoy the space and time with their groups of six or less. I think we're still efficient and fun.
F: What's your favorite (and least favorite) part of the job?
AS: My favorite part of the job is my teammates. I have learned something from and been made to laugh by every person on this staff, which is quite a joy.
My least favorite part of the work is the difficulties I have with being able to fully unplug. Because I like everyone and enjoy what I do, it's hard to pull away and take time for myself.
F: How do you cheer yourself up during COVID? Any new hobbies you've picked up?
AS: I've always been an avid reader. With a lot of places shut down right now, I'm more likely to read than go out after work. I didn't realize quite how much time I'd wasted being "bored" and going out when I could have just opened a book and found a whole new world.
F: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
AS: Either Belize or Belgium.
F: What made you first fall in love with craft beer?
AS: The wide range of flavors and ingredients. Beer is so versatile!
Thanks for reading these profiles. Read more from Ari directly in her Juneteenth Voices entry -- it's a challenging and important read.
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