This past week, I was lucky enough to receive the opportunity in volunteering at the 2015 Sydney Craft Beer Awards. Jason just got a new job with this company and needed some help with a beer crafting competition, and kindly thought of us as a first choice for help. So five of us girls all went to Sydney for 2 days and the company paid for our accommodation and transportation, which was extremely nice. We really had no idea what to expect or what exactly the role entailed, but all we knew was we were getting a free T-shirt, lots of free craft beer and a great experience.
The competition consisted of Australia's finest craft beer located in the Sydney region that ranged in all different tastes, colors, bottle styles and names. I am no beer expert, but I do love a good beer. The great part of volunteering was that we got to try every single beer that we served. You didn't have to, but there was enough of each beer that we were able to if we wanted. So I may have accidentally been tipsy while volunteering a few times, but no one was mad about it because all of the volunteers were, and were having a great time. Plus I got to learn a lot about craft beer, the art of making it, the different tastes within a beer, and which kind of beer I actually liked a lot. I learned that dark ale is my new favorite.
How the event worked was that it was a 2-day competition, where judges from ALL over the world came to taste and rate these different craft beers. Where I came in was serving the beers to them. It was a little bit anxiety-provoking at first because I was worried of spilling or messing up, but luckily the company had these serving trays that made it super easy to serve 7 beers at a time. There was a certain order that the beers that had to be served in, and I had to number them and then bring out these beers to a table of nine judges. I worked together with a man from England on setting up a system to pour and serve accordingly, this way the judges were never waiting. It was a very fast-paced event, that went all day, from 9-5; so it was a bit exhausting. But it was so worth it!
The company gave us food all day that way we could stay on a roll with serving the beers, and they were super appreciative of the hard work that we did. Apparently the judges loved being served their beer by five young American girls, so we were a huge hit at the event. Jason and his co-workers were so grateful for our work, and that made me even more happy to be helping them out. It was a learning experience within this great experience that I'll always remember. The best part was that at the end of the competition, they let the volunteers take home the rest of the craft beer that hadn't been opened. You just really can't beat that!!
P.S. I LEAVE FOR NEW ZEALAND IN A WEEK FROM TODAY. INSANE!!!!!
Thanks for reading :)