5. Spreading the craft beer gospel one party at a time
Who does it: Kristen Demergian, territory manager for Allagash Brewing Company, Alexandria, VA
The job: "I don't think 'typical' and 'day' appropriately go together in my line of work, but it's what I love most about what I do," laughs Demergian. "The only consistent thing about what I do is that it is always changing, often challenging, but never dull, boring, or passionless." In addition to running around educating consumers, managing regional sales, checking on quality control, and troubleshooting technical issues, a good portion of Demergian's job involves throwing some of DC and Northern Virginia's best beer bashes, tap takeovers, and festivals, all the while repping the Belgian-style brew. "I'm not a banker -- if I make a mistake, no one loses their entire fortune, they may just be thirsty for a minute," she says. "Not that there isn't stress in my line of work, but at the end of the day, I'm a nice person talking about a liquid that sells itself. What isn't to love about that?"