It’s been a little while since we posted. All of us have gotten deep into our four month projects and are working hard to complete them in our last month.
During this time, we all learned of where we’ll be for our first positions though! Here’s the list of where everyone will be heading:
Supposedly it is spring, but there is snow today in Atlanta! I think the snow must have followed me back from Colorado where I vacationed last weekend. According to Epix Mix, we skied 59,196 vertical feet between Beaver Creek and Vail… which meant plenty of room for beers after the slopes each day!
Not exactly roughing it at Beaver Creek.
Look who came to meet up with us at Vail… Paul, one of the group managers from Fort Collins, and Lauren!
It was very snowy the last day at Beaver Creek, but that meant we had the mountain to ourselves.
Earlier this year in Atlanta, it was actually warm enough to go to the park and have some beers on the balcony.
Dexter gets mad if you don’t recycle.
Perfect day for some Black Crown.
Who cares about the weather though when you can
dress up for go to MMMMMmmmmonster Jam at the Georgia Dome!
Another awesome part of working for AB is that we have a lot of opportunities to give back to the community. The Cartersville brewery is sponsoring a habitat for humanity build for not one, but two homes!
Forever I Love Atlanta,
Hey everyone, this is Jon checking in from Dallas. One of the things that makes sales pretty awesome is that there are always lots of cool promotions and events to attend. Here are some pictures from a few events that I was fortunate enough to attend recently:
Picture of Jagr from our seats behind home bench at the Stars v. Predators game on the 12th.
The view of the Muse Concert on the 13th from the Bud Light Suite at the American Airlines Center.
A well-poured Budweiser from promotional activity at Buffalo Wild Wings
At the Clapton concert on the 19th with Andrew Havens (GMT ‘11) on the left and Andrew Buxton (GMT ‘10) on the right.
The weather here is slightly different than what Lauren has experienced, as evidenced by the title (special thanks to her for the inspiration) and the picture below. It’s more than warm enough to jump in…I’ll allow it.
Not a bad way to unwind after work
It’s Michael here, checking in from good ol’ Van Nuys once again. My project on slim can complexity has been coming along well with the chance to observe and make improvements each time we complete additional runs. We are gearing up to begin packaging Lime-a-rita and the new and delicious Straw-ber-rita, which Chris is helping to flawlessly introduce into the brewing side of things. The increased volume should help us optimize how our smaller sleek cans run on the line. I still can’t post a picture of our newest can, even as I look at it right here on my desk…but it will be out to y’all soon enough.
In other news, Max and I recently volunteered at the Gold Standard Food Festival, a showcase of some of LA’s most admired restaurants. We joined the region sales office and our friends at Ace Beverage to serve our Belgian Trio led by Stella Artois and complemented by Leffe and Hoegaarden (pronounced Leff-uh or Leff and Who-garden). There were plenty of amazing dishes, but guess who still had the longest line…
Hint: we did
We also harnessed our inner tourist and took a hike up to the Hollywood sign; below is the fruit of our labor.
And to all of our loyal LagerBlogger fans: Our site just wouldn’t be the wild success it is without you, so thanks from each and every GMT. Stay tuned for some big news in the coming weeks as you’ll find out where we’re going for our first position coming out of the GMT program!
Kyle here reporting from Denver. It has been quite an adventure the last few months and I am glad to have landed here for the last portion. My project is going well and I am learning a ton about our response to the craft beer segment. I recently did some market visits in Portland and Seattle to get a better feel for the shifting beer market. It is a different world up there no doubt.
I am definitely taking advantage of all that Colorado has to offer. I have been either snow boarding or fishing every weekend. Not a bad life to live. I recently went hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park and below are a few photos. Enjoy
It’s Lauren from Fort Collins, CO. I’ve been having a blast here enjoying both my project and the outdoors. I’m nearing completion on my maintenance project and have the opportunity to work on a couple of other ones so I’m really excited! I’ve learned so much in this role; probably more than any other rotation. Working in-depth with SAP, BW, and excel has proved to be challenging and rewarding at the same time. I know that the skills that I’ve learned/refined will help in other positions as I progress in the company so I’m pleased that I had the opportunity.
On another note, I’ve definitely taken advantage of the fact that I’m living in such a great area! I’ve gone skiing 3 times, snow shoeing (for the first time!), hiking (for the first time!—I’m from Texas people), and have even made a trip to Denver for an awesome bar crawl. Here are some pics of my adventures:
Hiking up Horse tooth!
Taking a break from snow shoeing…
Hitting up some bars in Denver for the pub crawl!
This is the double black diamond that I went down…It was a lot more impressive looking down!
Lots of snow for some great powder skiing!
Jay Leno was also at the excellence meetings!! Great surprise.
Hey all, it is Madeline checking in from St. Louis. One of the really exciting events that I was able to participate in this past week was the Las Vegas Excellence Meetings. At these meetings our company celebrated 2012 results and honored those who went above and beyond last year. The excellence meetings included the supply, sales and marketing departments and all of our wholesalers so in total there were about 4000 people and it was a great time! Here are some pics from the week.
Our banquet tables… What better way to hold a conference than serving beer throughout the meeting.
View from our hotel at the Mandalay Bay.
Celebrating Tom’s 21 birthday at Margarittaville, Happy Birthday Tom!!
Lots of Landshark.
Clydesdales at the after party.
Hello avid follwers!
I just wanted to give you guys some reading material for the weekend. A few cool articles just came out this week. Gizmodo, a science and technology website, published a very interesting read on light beers and how difficult they are to brew. It’s an interesting read that promotes our quality standards, and sheds light on the history of the light beer and how it has saved civilizations.
Fortune also ranked the most admired companies globally, and A-B Inbev came out #1 in most individual categories and #1 overall in the beverage category. Check out the stats here:
I hope everyone has a good weekend and gets to enjoy a few Buds!
Our colleague, Renaud, was kind enough to give us an update about his experiences up north since the end of January. Unfortunately, it looks as though he has settled in quite well in Quebec and has gone back to speaking French. Fear not, I used Google Translator to translate the post back to English so our non-French speakers may enjoy it as well.
Bonjour à tous!
J’aimerais vous donner un petit compte rendu de mon expérience dans le programme GMT jusqu’ici. Depuis que nous avons quitté St Louis pour remonter au Nord de la frontière, nous avons passé une semaine à London en Ontario avant de s’embarquer dans nos projets qui dureront plusieurs mois. London est une ville que je n’avais jamais visitée auparavant, donc j’ai bien aimé être là pour la semaine. Nous avons assisté à quelques dégustations Bud Light Platinum à l’Université Western, et ça a été vraiment bien de voir les réactions des gens quand ils essayaient notre nouveau produit. Un autre soir là bas, nous sommes allés aux Budweiser Gardens regarder un match des London Knights (OHL) dans la loge Budweiser. C’était vraiment cool; bouffe et bière à volonté donc on a eu beaucoup de fun! Le gros ‘’Highlight’’ de la semaine était bien sûr le party du Superbowl. Nous avons regardé le match dans un bar avec des collègues du travail. De la bonne bière, de la bonne bouffe, et des annonces avec des bébés Clydesdales…quoi d’autre pourrait-on demander?
Mon retour à Montréal se fut sans aucun trouble (si vous lisez le post à mon collègue Mark, je suis sûr qu’il mentionne son aventure à travers 3 ou 4 aéroports pour finalement se rendre à Halifax!). Ça n’a pas prit de temps que j’ai commencé à mettre les mains à la pâte ici, commençant mon projet avec les dépanneurs non-couverts. C’est toute une expérience de visiter ces dépanneurs et identifier le potentiel de ventes. J’aime bien discuter avec les clients et leur offrir mon expertise en plus de quelques promotions pour essayer d’augmenter nos ventes dans leurs magasins. Certains seront assez faciles, certains sont déjà un challenge. Mais, comme je l’ai bien apprit depuis que je travaille dans ce rôle : ‘non’ est la deuxième meilleure réponse, donc il faut être déterminé!
Je travaille aussi sur quelques autres projets dont je ne peux pas encore vous dévoilé les détails, mais je peux vous dire que cela me garde très bien occupé! À part ça, je fais mon possible pour aller passer des journées de fin de semaine en ski – Tremblant était superbe quand je suis allé, et leur sous-bois était remplis de poudreuse.
C’est tout pour aujourd’hui les amis.
D’ici mon prochain message – À votre santé!
Let me give you a little account of my experience in the program so far GMT. Since we left St. Louis to go up north of the border, we spent a week in London, Ontario before embarking on our projects last several months. London is a city I had never visited before, so I loved being there for the week. We have seen some Bud Light Platinum tasting at Western, and it was really nice to see people’s reactions when they were trying our new product. Another night there, we went to watch a game Budweiser Gardens of London Knights (OHL) into the lodge Budweiser. It was really cool, food and beer will so we had a lot of fun! The big”” Highlight of the week was of course the Superbowl party. We watched the game in a bar with colleagues from work. Good beer, good food, and ads with babies Clydesdales … what else could you ask?
My return to Montreal was to no trouble (if you read the post my colleague Mark, I’m sure he mentions his adventure through 3 or 4 airports to finally get to Halifax!). It did not took long that I began to put their hands in the dough here, starting my project with convenience not covered. It is quite an experience to visit these stores and identify potential sales. I like to discuss with clients and offer my expertise in more than a few promotions to try to increase sales in their stores. Some are pretty easy, some are already challenging. But, as I learned much since I’ve been in this role: ‘no’ is the second best answer, so it must be determined!
I’m also working on some other projects that I can not yet released details you, but I can tell you that it keeps me very busy! Aside from that, I do my best to spend days of weekend skiing - Tremblant was great when I went, and undergrowth was filled with powder.
That’s all for today folks.
Until my next post - to your health!