About a year ago, we were lucky enough to have Bill Zaninelli join our team.
Bill is beer. He’s been in the business for years and it fits him well. He started in merchandising for Crown Beer Distributors in college in the mid-80s, spending twelve years working his way up to General Sales Manager. He spent seven years with Beck’s, did a stint with InBev USA, then moved into craft beer. He worked with a few Vermont breweries, opening them to the New Jersey market.
Then, we got our mitts on him. We were lucky. He was lucky. Bill is one-of-a-kind.
THE GREATEST ADVENTURE I EVER HAD WAS… Got to stay at St. Andrews Hotel in Scotland and play the Old Course – New Course and some other courses in Scotland. First-class accommodations, unlimited tab at the Jigger Inn (on site pub). It was a great week (if I remember correctly).
MY FAVORITE HOBBY IS… A few: working out, skiing, cooking, listening to music, reading, and chilling with family.
THE LAST TIME I LAUGHED UNTIL I CRIED WAS… While watching the video about the making of Blazing Saddles. Mel Brooks is awesome.
THE SUPERPOWER I’D LIKE TO HAVE IS… Superman’s powers: fly, x-ray vision, faster than a locomotive, bend steel with bare hands, etc., etc. Plus, I have never seen any Kryptonite in NJ!!
MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME IS… My Cousin Vinny. Hilarious! “Imagine you’re a deer. You’re prancing along, you get thirsty, you spot a little brook, you put your little deer lips down to the cool clear water… BAM!”
MY FAVORITE CARTOON IS… Road Runner. That poor Coyote!
THE BEST PICKUP LINE I EVER HEARD WAS… Not sure I ever heard a great one …..but a cheesy one: “Are you religious? Because you’re the answer to all my prayers.”
THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON I’VE EVER MET WAS… Goose Gossage, pitcher for NY Yankees. Spent a few hours with him watching a game and BS’ing. Real nice, genuine guy.
MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE IS… people texting while driving.
THE SPORTS TEAMS I FOLLOW ARE… Philadelphia Eagles / New York Yankees
THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
IF I WERE AN ANIMAL, I WOULD BE… An Eagle. I love birds and flying with eagle vision would be very cool.
I WAS DRAWN TO CMBC BECAUSE… The opportunity to be a part of growing a NJ Craft beer. Very good beers. Iconic story. Great marketing. Passionate owners and employees.
IF I HAD TO NAME A CMBC BEER TOMORROW, I WOULD CALL IT… Uncle BB’s Brew
MY FAVORITE BAND IS… Lots of favorites. Allman Brothers, Yes, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Grateful Dead, ZZ Top, Joe Walsh, Rush, The Meters, The Who, etc., etc.
MY KARAOKE SONG IS… I don’t do karaoke. I only sing in the shower and driving in my car alone.
I LOVE WORKING AT CMBC BECAUSE… It gives me the chance to put my experience and knowledge to use, and I enjoy working with young, passionate people who want to make Cape May Brewery successful.
IF I WERE A CMBC BEER, I WOULD BE… Always Ready