Posted November 3, 2020
As we’ve done in years past, over the next few weeks we’ll be introducing you to those who work behind the scenes to ensure that your Boulevard experience is top-notch! Just as the clocks get to fall back, you’ll find our beloved Nutcracker Winter Warmer on shelves with a little beer elf’s name on the neck of the bottle. Each week we’ll feature a Boulevardian that keeps our brewery, well, brewing along!
Gregg Young - Equipment Maintenance Technician
If you’ve been to our campus or scrolled through images online, you’ll notice that we have a lot of tubes, pipes, vessels, switches, valves...you get the point. Keeping our brewery running takes a lot of care and knowledge; that’s where Gregg Young, SEVENTEEN Year Boulevard veteran, comes in. He’s our, “Hey Gregg, this thing came apart, can you fix it?” Yep, he can.
Gregg describes his job as wearing several different hats on our campus, with one of the trickiest parts of his job being our behemoth of an HVAC system. From the packaging lines to the offices and breakrooms around the campus, and throwing in wild midwest weather, it takes a lot to keep the temperatures balanced and the system running smoothly.
When you’ve been here for 17 years you’ve gotta have some good memories, and for Gregg his fondest memory date came pretty quickly after he started. “ I would have to say the 2nd week after I started at Boulevard Brewing Company, I realized what I had done. I got a job, to work for Boulevard Brewing. It was huge, and it’s still unbelievable to me to be part of something like this today. I feel I was blessed to be part of Boulevard Brewing Company History.” Cheers to that, Gregg!
In those moments when Gregg isn’t on our campus fixing all the things, you’ll find him tinkering in his garage and enjoying time with his family and his grandson Gabriel. It’s safe to say we’re so lucky to have you, Gregg, with us and to keep us running! If you open a bottle of Nutcracker this season and find one with Gregg’s name on it, know you’re toasting a Boulevardian that can fix it all.
Brent Cox - Production & Barrel Wrangling
The Love Child series, Saison Brett, Foeder Saison, and Vintage Stock are just a few beers that can take your palate to the next level with their complexity in flavor, aroma, and brewing process. If you’ve loved one of our limited releases in a 750ml bottle that’s just a little more “wild”, you can thank nine-year Boulevardian, Brent Cox!
Before Brent joined Boulevard Brewing Co., he was one with nature working at the Discovery Center for the Missouri Department of Conservation. His love of nature is the perfect companion for his keen love of barrel-aged and wild beers. Brent describes his daily job as a little bit of a mixed bag; spending part of his time wrangling our large collection of barrels and prepping them for our barrel-aged beers, while also working with Ryan McNeive managing our sour beer program. Brent spends most of his days at our 3030 Roanoake facility aka funkhouse where we process our wild ales and sours. Within that building is our 750ml bottling line; keeping that classic (and somewhat finicky) line running is a labor of love and we have Brent to thank for that!
When you work around wild yeast, barrels, and sour beers all day, you’ve gotta love them, and Brent certainly does. We’ll let him describe his passion: “There is a whole other landscape of flavor when you’re dealing with wild yeast explorations and I find the subtleties and complexities an exciting endeavor both in drinking “sour” beers and making them. Boulevard’s own Saison Brett was a glorious moment for me realizing what the expression of Brettanomyces can do. I fell into the process of making Love Child in my early years here and got seduced by those little microbes and mini-ecosystems each barrel had to offer. We get to relate to the beer a lot different than regular brewing when aging and blending, as we taste the vessels.” Anyone else thirsty now? Because we could certainly…*pop* opens Saison Brett.
When Brent isn’t blending away, you’ll find him out in nature with his significant other hiking, and enjoying the beautiful plants around them. Brent, we’re thankful for your passion of the funk and raise a Nutcracker Winter Warmer along with something a little wilder to you! Cheers!
Logan Baba - Gatekeeper
Got a question? Logan will have the answer (and if she doesn’t know it right away, she’ll do the digging to find out). If you’ve visited, called, or emailed the brewery in the past year and a half, there is a good chance that Logan either greeted you or answered your inquiry.
When Logan first joined the Boulevard family she was part of our Welcoming Committee at the Tours & Rec Center and quickly her expertise in getting guests what they need made her the perfect brewery gatekeeper. What’s a gatekeeper? We like how Logan explained it, “ Making sure everyone from co-workers to customers feel heard and truly helping them connect to their requests. I think my job is to make everyone’s day better and I strive to do that every single day!” We know A LOT of emails and phone calls can come in and Logan definitely keeps communication running.
A brewery that’s thirty-one years old definitely can have some fun history and Logan gets to hear lots of fun stories of how Boulevard Brewing Co. has been part of so many people’s lives over the years. Something that she truly relishes is hearing about our beer through the customers’ voices. But hearing customer stories isn’t Logan’s only fond memory in her year and half of being a Boulevardian. It was also the day she was interviewed and hired to be part of the Tours and Rec team; from that point, she, “stepped on to this wild fun ride and never looked back.” Thanks for jumping aboard, Logan!
While Logan enjoys answering all the questions the world may have for her, when she’s not at work (and of course, pre-Covid), Logan could be found volunteering for various art and music non-profits or just enjoying the pleasure of live music. The next time we can all safely stop by the brewery, be sure to say hi to Logan and thank her for all the hard work she does, and maybe...drop her off a nice cup of coffee. It takes a lot of focus to answer all those questions.