Amanda Hunkler, regional vice commander of characteristic zymurgicological analysis through space, time, and dimension at Lagunitas Brewing Company
How she got the job: “I wish I could say that beer has been a passion my whole life, but I found out about this job when I was babysitting for someone that worked for Lagunitas. They knew I was a recent chemistry graduate from Purdue University looking for a full-time job, so they forwarded on my resume, I received an interview, and then got the job. Being a chemist I figured my life would be the lab and being isolated from anyone else, but that is not the case. I work with the best people, in one of the best industries, which makes this job more than just a job. It is a family, or a tribe, as we like to call it here at Lagunitas.
“Even though working at a brewery is a pretty cool job, it is also a very dirty and labor-intensive job. I cannot even begin to say the number of times one of our fermentors, which has been clogged with hops, decided to release those hops all over me when I tried to get a sample from it. I then get to enjoy the rest of the day covered in hops from my hair to my steel-toe boots, but it is so worth it."
What she does: “My job at Lagunitas is to make sure that our beer is the best quality, from the fermentors full of wort and yeast, all the way to the last pallet of cases being shipped out to our amazing customers. My job is cool in that I participate in all facets of quality: brewing, packaging, and sensory. The brewing side of quality collects and profiles all of the data for each beer that brewing produces. Then, during packaging, our quality team makes sure every bottle being packaged has the correct label, case, six-pack, crown, etc. before it is shipped. In sensory we taste every batch of beer that comes out of this facility, and we also do blind comparison tastings, called triangles, to beer made at our mothership Petaluma.”