This is Alec checking in from St. Louie. It’s been a while since I had the opportunity to share my experiences, so buckle up and listen in! Our class of GMT’s had 2 months together in St. Louis from December until the middle of January. Even our neighbors from the Great White North (Canadians) were able to fly in to join us. We interacted with people in every department from all across the board to gain a deeper understanding of everything that goes on here at the North American headquarters.
Now is the time of the program when we have all begun our long-term projects. There are 7 of us GMT’s holding down home base here in St. Louis, while the other 8 have been scattered across the US working in both breweries and regional sales offices. It was sad to see everyone go, but great to start working on a new team in our first extended role. Between this newproject and our other GMT responsibilities, it’s bound to be an exciting and fast paced couple of months. I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone progresses.
On a personal note, I’m really looking forward to the Super Bowl this Sunday (Come’on Peyton!), both for the game and for our commercials. I’m hoping the rest of the country enjoys the new ad’s as much as I do. Spoilers: One involves a very, very large horse.
Hey everyone! It’s Ashley thawing out in the arctic tundra of St. Louis. After three weeks of zone training, it’s finally time to start working on my spring project. But before that, here’s some highlights of what we did in case you missed us:
During our training, we got the chance to hear from all the different departments in St. Louis from Logistics to Corporate Communications. The Marketing team’s “Nattyism” campaign showcased the hundreds of potential uses of the word “Natty” in everyday life. Avoid a “Natastrophe” and buy a pack of Natural Light today!
During a weekend trip to Chicago, we braved the winter storm to visit the Goose Island brewery. Our tour included tastings of the Bourbon County Stout and a special release named Run the Jewels made only for the Pitchfork Music Festival. We also got a glimpse of the bourbon barrels used to age the vintage brews and the 312 city bike used to promote the most popular Goose Island brand.
Goose Island 312 Bike. Sweet ride, bro.
Enjoying our last night in STL!
With my first day on the job finished, I’m already learning a lot about our company’s promotion optimization initiatives and what better way to learn than to spend time in the market? While I couldn’t quite escape the cold, I did get a chance to explore Des Moines, Iowa with the help of a local wholesaler. Now, armed with my new research, I’m ready to hit the ground running back in St. Louis!
The rotations have ended, but the learning continues. The GMTs have started their travels to the location they’ll call home for the next four months.
Some are excited to escape the Polar Vortex in the sunny states, while others are embracing it by snowboarding on the frosty mountain tops of Canada. A group will remain in St. Louis to apply themselves working alongside our corporate and brewery groups. Those in the Northeast are excited to be near the Super Bowl hub bub that has started to stir. All in all, we appreciate all the project leads at our respective locations giving us their time and assistance as we apply all that we have learned over the past six months.
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The GMTs had a chance to travel to Pevely, MO to see how our glass bottles are made. Although we couldn’t take pictures or videos, check out this “How It’s Made” episode on bottle manufacturing. We appreciate the team in Pevely taking the time to show us the ins and outs of their business!
Happy 2014, avid readers!
Over the holidays, I was able to bring home a taste of what I’ve learned over the past few months by hosting a beer pairing dinner for my mom’s book club. The menu was taken from dishes that we had the culinary delight of trying during beer pairing dinners here in St. Louis. Thankfully, my parents and our group of family friends are terrific cooks, so we were able to recreate these recipes with ease. And since there was good food and beer abound, this meeting of the book club even had all of the husbands in attendance!
Courtney and Papa Huggins during the beer pairing dinner
Throughout the night, we indulged in Budweiser jalapeno cheese soup, mixed greens salad with Shock Top vinaigrette, pork loin with Michelob Amberbock braised onions, and cheesecake topped with Stella Cidre caramelized apples. If you want the recipes, feel free to reach out to me! They were such a hit that we even reprised some of the recipes for our Christmas Eve dinner.
Remember: during a beer pairings, take a bite of the food, sip the corresponding beer to cleanse your palate, and then take a bite again to enjoy the full range of flavor that both the beer and the food have to offer.
The GMTs have worked their way through the winter weather back to St. Louis for more global training! Well, 7 of the 19 have made it. Delays and snowy conditions have slowed the other 12 down until Tuesday or Wednesday. We are very excited to be back together again after our winter break!
Snowy weather didn’t slow down Andrew’s half mile walk in to work
We will be in St. Louis for three weeks meeting with different groups that we haven’t had the chance to interact with over the past six months. We’re excited to keep learning new things about the business that will help us in our projects this spring!
Stay tuned for more updates on our training!