The Beer Wench (aka Ashley)
Director of Awesomeness & Chief Beer Mixologist
As Organic Dan's right hand wench, Ashley's main duties at Bison Brewing include distributor management, marketing, PR, sales support, event planning, website management and all things social media. When she isn't doing awesome things for Bison, Ashley can be found terrorizing the Interwebs with her personal blogs DrinkWithTheWench.com & Beermixology.com.
If you were a style of beer, what would you be and why?
I would be Orval. Like me, Orval is a misfit. It is technically its own style of beer and, although there are a few replicas, no other beer is quite like it. Orval is unique because its the only Trappist beer that is dry-hopped and innoculated with Brettanonmyces. As a result of its inncoculation with wild yeast, Orval is constantly changing in the bottle. We are both spicy and fiesty, ever changing and evolving with time.
What is your favorite Bison beer to swill down?
Saison de Wench, duh. And I'm not saying this just because it is my namesake and my pride and joy…. Okay, maybe I am! But, it really is an awesome beer. Saison de Wench is a farmhouse-syle ale brewed with roses, hibiscus, lemongrass, and pink peppercorn. It is our spring and summer seasonal — look for it in pink 4-packs!!
What is you favorite beer and food pairing?
I'm a sucker for a saison, gueuze or Belgian wit with mussels steamed in a beer or white wine broth. It's a classic pairing. I'm also a big fan of bacon-wrapped figs stuffed with blue cheese and paired with an American Barleywine. Both are fruity, rich and bold!
What does organic craft beer mean to you?
Organic craft beer is and has to be the next step in the craft beer movement. Before World War II, all beer was organic. Pesticide development happened in the 1930's, forever changing our planet's agriculture. Now the Earth, the atmosphere and our bodies are riddled with unnecessary pesticides, chemicals and hormones. Although water and energy conservation is important, brewing with non-GMO, organic ingredients is, by far, the biggest impact a brewery can make on the environment and the health of the planet.
And lastly, what is the best part about working for Bison Brewing?
The team. Sounds corny, I know. But I've got the best boss and the best team in the country. Seriously, though… what other company in its right mind would let me drink and Tweet on the job — and pay me to do it? Haha, all kidding aside, we work hard at Bison, damn hard.
Follow Ashley on Twitter @TheBeerWench