Bold Character is more than just a catchphrase at Great Divide, it’s the philosophy behind what we brew, how we think, and what we believe. We’d like to introduce you to another Bold Character around here, Andrea Bracken.
How long have you worked at Great Divide?
Almost 4.5 years. Lovin every minute of it.
What is your favorite GD beer?
I HATE this question. Year round? Hercules fo sho. Seasonal? Hibernation, Nadia Kali, Hoss, literally every other beer.
What is your favorite GD Icon and why?
I always really liked Hoss. He’s such a bad ass. What does he do all day? Just goes out and chops down some trees with a pipe in his mouth? He is living the dream.
What’s your position at GD?
I am the Event Planning Assistant/tour guide/ beer tender/epic high-fiver.
Have you always had that position/how’d you start working for GD?
I started off pouring beer and giving tours in the tap room, which I still do on occasion and is one of the best jobs in the world. Now I am the Event Planning Assistant, which is also awesome. Party Like a Yeti.
What’s your favorite part about working at GD?
Honestly, I love all of the people that I work with. Our company is small enough that everyone knows each other and we have really great relationships. I mean, the craft beer industry is so fun and collaborative, because who wouldn’t have fun working in beer? AmIright?
Some people say you look like a certain Game of Thrones character… if you had to choose which character you would be, who would it be and why?
I have no idea what you’re talking about? Game of Thrones? I’m not familiar. Just kidding, I do not live under a rock. Yes, I do get that I look like Ygritte quite often. I even get asked to do the line (“you know nothing…). But when I say it, it just ends up sounding Jamaican? Which is weird. But I would totally want to be Ygritte. She is a rad chick that has to hang out with a bunch of burly dudes all the time, and I can relate to that. And Jon Snow. Just saying.
Which of our beers do you imagine having red hair? Don’t pretend you haven’t thought about it.
Oh man, I just imagine that everything has red hair all the time. It’s like going through life with rose colored glasses, but with everyone having red hair. I thought that was normal for redheads? Is that just me? Oh, and Yeti, a redhead for sure. GINGER YETI! WE HAVE NO SOULS!
What could we find you sipping on a Saturday night (besides GD beer obviously)?
I am a huge fan of rye whiskey, so I typically go for a really good rye old fashioned. Or just some rye in a glass with a giant ice cube. I’m a real classy broad.
What is your spirit animal and why?
Am I supposed to say something deep here? Like I am a Phoenix rising with every day like the sun to conquer the world! No? Okay, then whiskey. Or a Liger because what is it, a lion? A tiger? I like to keep people guessing. And cats really just DGAF.
When you’re not slanging beers in the tap room, what are you doing?
Hiking, snowboarding, typical Colorado stuff, blah blah blah. I mostly sit around with my german shepherd and he helps me contemplate the true meaning of life. It gets pretty deep.
What was your first Instant Messenger username? Be honest and if necessary, please explain.
Oh man, you expect me to remember this? I am old and the beer has killed most of my brain cells but based on my Hotmail account address (yes I still have one of those, don’t judge) it would be skittles81131. You may be asking yourself “why so many numbers?” And that would be an excellent question.
Favorite Tap Room memory?
Again, so many to choose from. On a Friday night one time we were playing some throwback 90’s music as we often do, and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air came on. EVERY SINGLE PERSON in the bar started singing it. Then we all realized there was more than one verse and it got awkwardly, hilariously quiet. It was pretty epic. Did I mention I love my job?
What is the best and worst thing about growing up in the rural Midwest?
Is there a best thing? I joke, I kid. When you’re a small child, the Midwest is the place to be. Long summer days running through cornfields, insane snow/ice ball fights in the winter, helping your uncle milk cows and wrangle up piglets. But for me, it is all about the people. Midwest people are the best people. There, that was actually serious. Happy? However, as an adult, I did choose to live in Colorado. So that’s gotta say something. Boom.