Name: Meg Evans
Hometown: Jamestown, NY
How I Got Started Crafting Beer:
I was introduced to brewing by a friend in my hometown. He brought me to a homebrew club, and that was it…the spark was lit and I was hooked. I loved the atmosphere, I loved how open everyone was about sharing their knowledge, and I really felt welcome the entire time…no matter how dumb I thought my questions were.
Before I dove into the beer industry, I moved from Jamestown to Pittsburgh after completing high school and earning an Associates Degree in Business Management. I spent a year doing some pretty terrible customer service jobs before landing a spot with Southern Tier Brewing in Lakewood, NY. I was in a position to learn the operations of a brewery from the ground up as I spent my days gluing boxes and labeling bottles. From there, I jumped at an opportunity to work on Southern Tier’s bottling line, all the while chasing my goal of moving into the brew house as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, that opportunity didn’t arise immediately, so I packed up my game and headed out west to Corvallis, Oregon for another go at college, this time focusing my attention on Fermentation Science. After my first term, I headed back east when Southern Tier offered me a job in their cellar. It was another stepping-stone and it helped me earn valuable experience. I have a pretty ambitious personality, and if things aren’t progressing in ways that will benefit me, I seek a path that will allow that good things to happen.
Today, I’m back in Pittsburgh and, hopefully, that will be the last move…at least for a good wile. Since moving back, I’ve switched gears from production brewing to the brewpub setting. As corny as it may sound, it feels like home.
I was born in Buffalo, NY to a military family. We moved around quite a bit and those travels took me from Buffalo, NY to Sitka, AK to Oswego, NY to Cape May, NJ then finally to Jamestown, NY. I was all over the map and back again, but Jamestown will always be the place I call my hometown. These days, I'm proud to call Pittsburgh home.
I tend to be a workaholic. I find a great sense of pride and enjoyment working in this industry and crafting new, high-quality beers. In my free time, I try to get through a good book (usually related to something new I’m learning about), exploring new bars and breweries, and enjoying time with my dogs and husband.
I've always been a hardworking and tenacious person. This really emulates my brewing philosophy. From the very start, one of the biggest reasons I was drawn to brewing was the creativity. There is seemingly always something new to learn or attempt. This is why I’m such a fan of wild and sour beers. The dedication, precision, patience, and well-trained palette required to produce these beers is truly admirable. It proves what hard work and a dedication to mastering your craft can lead to.
"Work hard, Dream big" (T.B.)
I'll let you know when I find out. I tend to explore my options, but, as I mentioned before, I’m partial toward wild/sour beers. If I’m not trying to get my hands on one of those, my go-to style is always something hoppy and generally lower in ABV.
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