Will Work for Beer

Have you ever bought so much beer at one place that they offer you a job to work there? We have, and here’s the story about it…

work for beer

It’s a small, country-market sort of store that sells everything from deli meat and fresh produce to ice cream for the kids (at unbelievably cheap prices) and mulch for your flowerbeds. And while the great variety and even better values make it a weekly ritual for our family to visit on the way home from church, I couldn’t care less about what food they have to offer. Zack and I have been frequenting the joint for a few years now on account of the amazing craft beer selection, despite being a somewhat small store.  In fact, our wives could probably make a pretty strong argument that we’ve done more than just “frequent” the place.  I was even approached about working there part-time this summer, a gig that as a teacher on summer break I gave some serious thought to.  I politely passed, opting to remain just a regular customer.  For now.  After all, when you start working there once a month for the beer and wine sampling nights, pouring and talking about beer like it’s your job, you’ve already become somewhat of an employee without ever really intending to be…

Wayne's Country MarketWith well-established connections to the right distributors and a finger on the pulse of what craft brew customers are after, Wayne’s Country Market has helped to feed our passion for beer like no other place in town.  And while there are other places in town that sell craft beer, none other seems to rotate it as often, from the bottle and can selection to the growler station.  We often give our input into what we’re seeking out, and they often satisfy our picky appetites, usually holding back the most special ones so we can have first crack at something that there’s a limited supply of.  Perks like that are what have caused us to pretty much abandon most of the other places in town, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence anymore when I’m passing the  driveway to feel my car slowly start veering towards the entrance.  I used to think it was just a weird magnetic field around the place, but now I know that it’s actually just a barley and hops-laden oasis that both my car and my body have become accustomed to seeing on a regular basis.

MikeZackBack to being an employee…after spending enough time in the store to probably raise the suspicions of the actual employees and the constant hint-dropping about being more involved, we were asked if we would be interested in helping out at sampling nights once a month.  We both wholeheartedly agreed, and have done it for a couple of years now.  I always love when I get asked by people at those tastings if I work for the distributor or for Wayne’s.  My response is always the same:  “Neither.  Zack and I just buy beer here so often that they asked us to start helping out.”  The laughs that ensue, and the opportunities to share my nerdy love of all things beer, will keep me coming back for as long as they’re in business.  And judging by how much money we drop in there week after week, I think it’s safe to say that there’s no end in sight…

the Hopostles

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