About a month ago I was contacted through a private message on Twitter by one of the leaders at the MillerCoors Company. Mind you, I use Twitter keep up on sports news and to 'borderline stalk' a few famous folks. I very rarely tweet, and only occasionally retweet someone else's tweet.
I did not even know there was a private message option,
but there it was one afternoon, a message from Colleen. Lucky Twitter alerts you to a message or I would have never known to look.
I worked in Colleen's division before I retired and I believe she has moved up a rung on the corporate ladder since then and manages multiple brewery sites now. She sent me a note asking about retirement and offering a consulting opportunity at the Chippewa Falls brewery. She felt I could help them create a scheduling tool for their multiple brands.
My first reaction was...ah no, not interested.
But then I thought, what would it hurt to go meet with these folks,
get to know them a bit and see what they are trying to accomplish. It never hurts to know the local brewers after all.
So, I gave her all my contact information and said I would give it a look.
Colleen was always fair with me, I am a compensated retiree, I mean, I could not really see any downside of giving a little time to this project.
A few weeks later, I got a call from the Assistant Brewmaster at the brewery and we arranged a meeting. I probably overstated how limited my skills are now after 8 years out of the business but we agreed to meet none the less.
So, last Tuesday morning I headed for Chippewa Falls.
For about an hour I was pretending to be a consultant.
I met with the Assistant Brewmaster and also the Plant Manager.
We discussed their project and what their goals were
and I confirmed that it was out of my league.
I did give them 3 names of folks in Golden who might understand their needs
and might be able to locate a tool I had used in Golden that is similar to what they are trying to design for their/Wisconsin brewery.
Then kindly, the Assistant Bremaster gave me a tour of the plant.
He's a nice young man and really passionate about his brewery, I love that.
So many similarities to between Coors and Leinenkugel's.
Family owned for many years, both established in the 1880s, both make great products.
Now, both under the MillerCoors agreement.
|This old archway into the brewery is so fine. I love that they have saved much of their original facility.|
|The brewhouse has been updated but the copper kept for the visual appear.|
These kettle tops are polished weekly, and what a pretty brewhouse because of those shiny copper domes.
So, now I am retired from the consulting business,
I hope the Chippewa Falls folks find a solution for their inventory scheduling,
and I'm looking forward to the next new Leinie's sesonal product to find its way to the my liquor store shelf.
Retirement is good.