Who are you?
Laura Christie, a Certified Cicerone® and a huge fan of beer. Not just the fermented grain beverage itself, but the history of it, the industries around it, and the community it fosters.
In early 2015, armed with a BBA from Texas State University and a bad case of the Mondays from working in the corporate tech world, I chose to dive into the world of craft beer. I joined a ladies' beer appreciation Meetup group called Beer Necessities to start exploring beer bars and breweries around town.
I left the corporate world in mid 2015 and showed up at (then brand-new) 4th Tap Brewing Co-op, helping out with whatever they needed until they hired me. Over 2 1/2 years I worked in the office, taproom, and packaging line doing reporting, sales, events, pilot brews, charity donations, sensory panels, merch, and some really long canning days. The cross-training I was encouraged to pursue, plus my involvement with the local Pink Boots Society chapter, gave me so many great resources for pursuing a level 2 Cicerone certification.
After becoming a Certified Cicerone® in March 2018, I left 4th Tap to start Hopsimath and spread the word about all things beer!