Getting a beer from tank to kegs, cans and bottles, and finally to market is threatened by many factors, from extreme temperatures to over-carbonation.
Brookstein got his start delivering beer for a company based near Utica, where he attended Mohawk Valley Community College. He transferred to Oswego to pursue a communication studies degree and developed his love of beer personally and professionally.
An internship with Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown gave him a taste for all facets of the business.
“I was always drawn to leaving my marketing job and checking out the bottling line or the brew house,” Brookstein said.
A semester abroad in Germany widened his palate and fostered his passion for different styles of beer and a special course with Chemistry Professor Jeffery Schneider developed Brookstein’s fascination for fermentation.
He drew all of his Oswego experiences together and headed to Colorado, which is home to many burgeoning breweries.
At Avery, he appreciates all the aspects of his job whether he’s taste-testing, working the factory floor or fixing problems with machinery or process. Brookstein has even helped name a couple of beers.
“It’s a very good mix of manual labor and intelligent thought,” he said of his job.