One of the well-tested axioms of life at the brewery is that our fans make the best employees. Time and again, as we look to hire a phalanx of new folks on the floor, in the Brewtique, and in the office, we’ve learned that the ability to do the job is equally as important as an existing love for CMBC.
We can teach anyone to clean a keg. We can’t teach you to love Coastal Evacuation.
When Caitlyn Pohlig interviewed for a position on the Brewtique Crew, we’d seen her around here often enough that her cheerful disposition and downright sweet-as-Foreshore attitude was just icing on the cake.
“Caitlyn is super cool,” says Retail General Manager Kaitlin Smith. “She is a little on the shy side, but once she gets going she is really cool. She is blending right in with our team and she learned the Brewtique super fast. She loves beer, is really, really ridiculously nice and I think she’s gonna do a great job!”
For those of you keeping track, Caitlyn is our third Caitlyn/Kaitlin/Caitlin to join the Brew Crew, and like the rest of them, Caitlyn enjoys her traveling.
After having grown up in the Villas, Caitlyn attended The College of New Jersey, majoring in Spanish and Secondary Education.
“¡Buenas dias!” Kathy said.
“¡Buenas tardes!” Caitlyn corrected, as it was about 4pm when we spoke.
The other Spanish words we remembered during the conversation are unprintable, KATHY.
Regardless, Caitlyn taught fifth and sixth graders at Montgomery Lower Middle School in Skillman in North Jersey. As any parent of a fifth or sixth grader will attest — if they can catch their breath long enough to speak — it’s a rough age.
“They did me in,” she says. “I was completely burnt out after six years.”
After her stint teaching, Caitlyn moved about, “trying to find myself,” she says, laughing. So, in her pursuit of self-exploration, she lived and worked in Costa Rica for about three years, translating and teaching English to adults.
“There were so many ups and downs,” she says regarding life in South America. “It’s difficult as a foreigner.”
Caitlyn enjoys hiking, and had several opportunities to do so while in Costa Rica. She enjoys being outside, soaking in the nature along a great hike.
“I did the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu,” she says. “It was tough. It was four days of hiking, and we probably did about 40 miles. And when we finally got there, we were so dead tired, we probably didn’t enjoy it as much as we should have. We were so dirty!
“It was cool, though. It was a really good trip.”
Caitlyn is a big hockey fan —
“Flyers?” we ask.
“…New York Rangers…” she says, sheepishly. “I am an Eagles fan, but I don’t really follow football. I only watch it when my family’s watching big games.”
She’s a big fan of a New Jersey band called The Gaslight Anthem, as well as The Killers.
“I just saw The Killers in concert for the first time,” she says. “It was awesome. It was in Costa Rica, actually. It was cool.”
Her world travels notwithstanding, Caitlyn certainly loves Cape May.
“I love Cape May,” she says. “It’s home to me; it’s where my family is. I love the beach, and everybody’s really friendly.”
She even loves the high school-reunion aspect of nights on the town.
“You always run into someone you know,” she says. “It’s nice to see what they’ve been up to.”
Caitlyn had been a loyal customer long before she started working here, and she thought it’d be a great environment to work.
“I loved the place,” she says. “Every time I come here, it’s a nice place, and I’d always leave having had such a good time. Everyone’s been really nice so far. I love it here.”
As she grows in her position in the Brewtique, she’s looking forward to doing new things around the Tasting Room.
“Once I get the hang of the Brewtique,” she says, “I’d like to start doing tours and possibly the outside bar. I’m excited to get into everything and learn how to do it all.”
However, she might be most excited about getting easy access to her favorite beer, Devil’s Reach.
“I love Belgian ales,” she says, “and Devil’s Reach has such a good flavor. It’s been my favorite since I first came here.”
So, in Caitlyn’s quest to find herself — from the Villas to TCNJ to Costa Rica to CMBC — has she succeeded?
“I think so,” she says. “I’m very happy, now.”
And we’re happy to have you, Caitlyn! Be sure to say hello to her the next time you’re in the Brewtique.