Our Events Team is one of the best in the business, but the very nature of their job means that we don’t get to see them very often. They’re out in the field, ensuring that revelers at our off-site events have as great a time as they possibly can while learning everything possible about our brews.
Case in point: Jenna Tesauro.
Jenna rocks. There’s really no other way to put it. She’s hilarious, she knows her beer, and she really knows how to get a Philly bar excited about a Tap Takeover.
When she’s not bringing all of her friends to some random bar in South Philly, she works in Academic Affairs at the Wharton School at UPenn. Swanky-swank. However, marshaling the future business leaders of America can make anyone need a cold beer after a long day.
Yet, her full-time jobby-job means that we get to see her far less frequently than we’d like. Thankfully, Jenna makes it down to the brewery for some of our major on-site events, but even that isn’t often enough.
And, frankly, we wouldn’t be terribly surprised to find out that she sometimes sends her twin sister, Danielle, because, aside from their hair length, they’re freaking identical.
At any rate, meet Jenna!
MY FAVORITE CMBC BEER IS… Coastal Evacuation with Brett. I like the funkiness the brett adds to a beer that’s excellent to start.
THE GREATEST ADVENTURE I EVER HAD WAS… One of the trips I’ve taken with my sister. We’re travel buddies in part because I don’t know many other people willing to tolerate the adaptability required as our plans are not usually settled until mid-trip, and plans can go off script even when you think they’re set. The best memories/stories have come from the unexpected. We went surfing in Australia and ended up sharing a two-room cabin with 10 people that lost water and power. Our trip around Italy and Greece went awry when I miscalculated how slow ferries are (I was off by 24 hours…). It included 40 hours without sleep, a 5am ride from an off-duty bus driver during a taxi strike, and hostel hallway as home for a bit once we got to Athens. It occasionally works out well, as it did when we were invited to a small, private roof party on NYE in Valparaiso, Chile (with world-class fireworks as accompaniment).
MY FAVORITE HOBBY IS… Travel. I had the opportunity to visit my sixth continent last year, and as I noted above, there have been some (mis)adventures. Because travel isn’t an everyday activity, I also spend lots of time over-analyzing sports and/or pop culture.
THE LAST TIME I LAUGHED UNTIL I CRIED WAS… I am inclined to both self-deprecating storytelling and reflexive laughter. I was recounting what probably should have been an embarrassing story to a good friend and she lost it. We were both crying with laughter and couldn’t stop, which would have been fine if we weren’t at a rehearsal dinner for a wedding…
THE SUPERPOWER I’D LIKE TO HAVE IS… Jean Grey’s combo of telepathy and telekinesis. With the latter, I could get full kegs in and out of the van with much more ease.
MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME IS… The Omen with Gregory Peck (not that bad remake). That said, if Goodfellas or Bridesmaids is on TV, I’m likely to stop and watch it even though I own them on DVD.
MY FAVORITE CARTOON IS… Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. True love is my parents driving in blizzard-like conditions to take my sister, friends, and me to see the TMNT: Coming Out of Their Shells concert when I was six years old.
THE BEST PICKUP LINE I EVER HEARD WAS… Apparently not that memorable, as I can’t recall any good ones used in real time.
THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON I’VE EVER MET WAS… Kanye. In college, I worked at a small music venue and would serve as an assistant at larger concerts. This was in 2007 when he was touring with a string quintet and only had one outfit change. While very particular about the logistics of the show, he was pretty chill backstage.
MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE IS… When individuals don’t use the Oxford comma. It adds clarity; there’s a difference between getting a beer with “my colleagues, Batman and Robin” and getting a beer with “my colleagues, Batman, and Robin,” though either would be awesome.
THE SPORTS TEAMS I FOLLOW ARE… I’m a manic Philly sports fan. I follow the major teams, but the Eagles will always be closest to my heart, unfortunately, rewarded by the team always breaking it. Get well soon, Carson.
THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… “There’s never a bad time to let someone know you’re thinking about them.” I’ve found taking this advice to heart helps me stay better, more genuinely connected to people I don’t see or talk to regularly.
IF I WERE AN ANIMAL, I WOULD BE… A raccoon. Clever and curious, resourceful, a little shabby, occasionally rabid.
I WAS DRAWN TO CMBC BECAUSE… I had a friend bring me to the Tasting Room in 2013, and kept coming back for the quality beer and people. It was great to feel like there was a crew making interesting beer in a place that deserved its own spot. I’m genuinely grateful to be a part of CMBC as the company works keep growing while maintaining focus on exciting beer and its home base.
IF I HAD TO NAME A CMBC BEER TOMORROW, I WOULD CALL IT… Sunset Diamond. I like names rooted in locale and could see a hazy (probably hoppy) beer with that name. Like plenty of other kids, I would go looking for Cape May Diamonds on Sunset Beach with my grandmother when I was younger to varying levels of success (adding a rock tumbler was a game changer).
MY FAVORITE BAND IS… Full discography, it’s The Clash (not even Joe Strummer would consider Cut the Crap canon). However, it’s a tougher choice between London Calling and Born to Run for favorite album.
MY KARAOKE SONG IS… “How Will I Know”. I like to think the commitment I bring compensates for the limits of my vocal ability. There’s only one Whitney….
I LOVE WORKING AT CMBC BECAUSE… Like many fellow Brew Crew members, I appreciate the atmosphere everyone creates while working, whether it is in the Tasting Room, production floor, or out and about at events. The pie-eating contest at Philly Beer Week is a great example. Folks with different roles joined just to hang out, drink some fun variations of beer, and the event was the better for it (shout out to Mark for the actual pie-eating).
As an events team member, I get to join the CMBC experience beyond the facilities and points of distribution. It’s fun to connect with CMBC enthusiasts at beerfests, tap takeovers, etc. (I enjoy when people share their stories, so come say hi). I also value the opportunity to introduce new individuals to CMBC, the beer and the company (see the difference without the Oxford comma?).
IF I WERE A CMBC BEER, I WOULD BE… Corrosion. It’s got some strong flavors that combine in good balance.