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As owner and general manager of Fort Collins Brewery and Modern Tavern, Tina often wears many hats. When she’s not handling the day-to-day management of both the brewery and restaurant, she’s working on 5-year business forecasting for both businesses, developing FCB’s beer calendar and Modern Tavern menu, arranging merchandise on the floor, answering phones and drinking beer (for quality control purposes, of course).

Catching up with tina

Why get into the family brewery business?

I have worked for FCB on and off since 2004. When Tom and Jan decided to buy a brewery, I was only 22 and just getting into the craft beer scene. I went into the old Tasting Room to check it out and while I was there I tried the four lagers available on tap and have never looked back. Craft beer is a huge cornerstone of my home, travel and obviously career. I started in the Tasting Room, worked in Brewing, Cellar and Packaging before moving into the Marketing, Sales and Management side of the business. There is inspiration all around and I can honestly say I’ve never had a day where I wake up and think I don’t want to go to work. It’s hard as hell, but always rewarding

What gets you really excited?

Innovation. My staff might not like this as much as I do, but I thrive on change. We need to constantly be searching for new thoughts, trends, and inspiration. I try to travel to other breweries and brew pubs as much as possible. It’s so amazing to see who else is out there pushing the boundaries of our industry and I want to be part of that, not just standing on what used to work in the past.

You are about to be cast off to a remote island and you can only bring three brews. Which three make the cut?

Deschutes Black Butte Porter Anniversary release, Port Brewing Older Viscosity and of course, FCB’s Shot Down Chocolate Stout. What can I say…I’m a malty lady!

What is your hidden talent?

Baking. I try to bake at least once a week. My kitchen is full of cookbooks and I am always baking with my son Oliver. We make cookies, cakes, breads and tarts.