For many of our jobs, we look for more than experience — a positive attitude will certainly set you apart from the pack.
“It was a really easy decision to hire Alejandro,” says Warehouse Manager Polly Pollock-Bell. “His fantastic attitude just shone through during his interview, and after working closely with him over the last month, I have really enjoyed his strong work ethic. Alejandro works tirelessly day in and day out to learn and complete every task given to him. When he gets to work he does a full-body stretch, clocks in, and proceeds to bust it out! This chap is exactly what the warehouse and production team needed.”
Welcome Alejandro Garcia!
After he graduated, he and a buddy decided to take a cross-country road trip to California and back.
“We stopped at a bunch of places in between,” he says. “We did Vegas. We did the Grand Canyon. It was great.”
After passing through Colorado, Alejandro decided that he liked it so much that, after the trip, he and his buddy moved there for about five years.
“We stopped in Colorado and fell in love with it,” he says.
So, after returning to New Jersey, they decided to move back out to Colorado, eventually finding jobs in Boulder’s burgeoning cannabis industry.
“We wanted to get into the weed scene, and that was one of the places we could do it,” he says. “I started trimming, but then I got into the grow and I was a grower for about four years. It was a lot of fun. A lot of my coworkers loved Phish.”
Hmmm. We feel as if Alejandro may have been coached a little before this interview. Also, we are entirely unsurprised by that revelation.
“It was time to hunker down on my life,” he explains. “I was not saving money, living paycheck to paycheck, that kind of thing. So, I decided that I needed to reset and do something different.”
So, Alejandro moved back to Bridgeton.
“It’s a lot cheaper in Bridgeton than in Boulder,” he laughs. “And I’d been away from my family for a while. Life’s about balance: I’d spent some time there; I’ll spend some time here for now.”
However, his timing wasn’t great. Alejandro moved back just before the pandemic began, and everyone was looking for work at the same time he began his search.
“I wasn’t working for a while because of that,” he says. “Everything was kind of gray, everything was shutting down. But I decided to take that time to really find a place that I would really enjoy working.”
For those of you slightly unfamiliar with the geography of South Jersey, Bridgeton isn’t exactly close to Cape May — Alejandro has about an hour’s commute both ways.
“It’s worth it, though,” he says. “It’s pushing my limits a little bit, but I really like it.”
Even after spending five years in Colorado — and even considering how badly the Eagles are doing this season –, Alejandro still considers himself a fan of all of the Philadelphia teams.
“Anything down here, I represent anywhere I go,” he says.
He says that his musical tastes are pretty varied, and, even though all of his coworkers were Phish fans, he somehow didn’t quite get into them.
“I’m more of a Widespread Panic fan,” he says. “I saw them at Red Rocks.”
Alejandro is referring to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a music venue in the desert outside of Denver and widely considered to be one of the best outdoor venues in music.
“Red Rocks was amazing,” he says. “Definitely the best venue I’ve ever been to. I’m sure everyone says that, but it’s definitely a different vibe. The way the acoustics resonate off the rocks is something I’ve never experienced before.”
When he’s not working or living out some amazing musical experiences, Alejandro enjoys working out, stretching, doing yoga, and playing World of Warcraft.
“That’s pretty much my bread and butter,” he says.
He also enjoys hiking quite a bit.
“I like to be outside as much as possible,” he says. “I just came back from Maine. We did Acadia and Bar Harbor. That was amazing. It kind of reminded me of Boulder, actually.”
Alejandro enjoys the beach, as well, but he prefers Sea Isle to Cape May. In fact, while sipping our products on the Sea Isle beach this summer, Alejandro decided to check out our website to see if we were hiring.
“Luckily, there was an opening, and I just kept at it,” he says. “It’s crazy how things work out that way.”
Aside from enjoying our products, Alejandro says that the interaction among the management and employees seemed positive.
“I’ve never worked for a company that treated its employees so well,” he says. “Not to say that I was working with poor companies, but we go above and beyond here, and it really shows. I noticed that the retention rate was good — we hire employees and they stay here. I was looking for a place that I would enjoy, but would value me, as well. Cape May Brewing Company hit all the bullets there.”
Thankfully, the job was along the lines of what he was looking for.
“I’d love to move up within the company,” he says. “I really like physical work, so this works out really well. But I hope to be as much of an asset as here as possible and see how far my career goes.”
Thus far, Alejandro’s been enjoying his time here.
“I love it,” he says. “I love everyone I work with. They’re all super nice to me, and everything’s really good. I love Polly — she’s kickass. I feel honored to be working with her because she’s so good at what she does. She’s the glue that keeps everything together here.”
And Alejandro’s really been enjoying the access to some of his favorite beers.
“My favorite was Crushin’ It,” he says, “but I think I like the Double Crushed even more. It’s the perfect mix between Snag & Drop and Crushin’ It, which I really like. I love Snag & Drop, that’s probably close in the list, too, but Double Crushed is perfect for me.”
We’re glad to have Alejandro on the team!