Things really pick up here over the summer, and production tends to skyrocket. In the past two weeks, we’ve brought on someone new in the office, John, a new Retail General Manager, Kaitlyn, and we’ve got someone new in the brewery, as well.
As they say, “Teamwork makes the dream work,” and at CMBC, it’s one of our most closely-held truths. Beer brings people together — whether it’s gathering people together to share a beer or working together to produce the best possible product, beer is the common denominator that brings us all together.
So, without further ado, meet Kevin Kately, the newest member of our production team!
After having grown up in Glassboro, Kevin attended Glassboro High School before attending The College of New Jersey, receiving degrees in Computer Science and Digital Art. From there, he attended grad school at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, earning an MFA in Digital Art.
After grad school, he was offered a position teaching art at Brookdale Community College in Middletown, Monmouth County. Needing a summer income, he moved to Cape May after having been offered a position teaching tennis at the Physick Estate, and picked up a job at the Cape May Peanut Butter Company. He’d worked there for three years before moving to CMBC.
He characterizes his art as 3D sculpture, preferring to focus on character design.
“It’s pretty much just like clay sculpture, except it’s on the computer,” he explains. “You do it digitally.”
Kevin likens his work to a Pixar movie. “Someone’s making that character, and that’s what it is,” he explains. “There’s someone sculpting the character. They paint it. They put clothes on it.”
He teaches 3D sculpture, rigging, and texturing.
“Think of it like stop-motion,” he explains. “Someone makes the puppet, someone puts clothes on the puppet, someone paints it, and then someone puts a skeleton in it so that the artists can move it. Rigging is putting the skeleton in it.”
He’d been playing tennis since he was eight-years-old, pointing to Andre Agassi as his favorite player. He even had the chance to catch his final match at the US Open in 2006. He did private lessons, then started teaching tennis.
“It was always my summer job in high school and college, I was always teaching tennis” he says. “I enjoyed teaching — I’ve been teaching all my life,” he says. “I started out teaching tennis in high school, but I eventually transitioned into teaching art.
“But I’m trying to make a career out of this one.”
He’s also a biker, having gotten into beach biking while he was down here. About a year after he moved to Cape May, he got one of those five-inch, fat tire beach bikes.
“I figure, I’m at the beach. I might as well go for it,” he says. “I started getting into biking at grad school. Since the town was so small, I could bike everywhere and only have to get gas once every three months. I just biked everywhere. Since then, I’ve continued it. I do it for exercise now. I bike more than I play tennis now.”
A long-time beer enthusiast, Kevin and a few buddies went on a brewery trip through Maine a few months ago, stopping in to Maine Beer Co’s release of Dinner, their Double IPA.
“That was awesome.”
He really enjoyed Portland. While the one on the West Coast gets all the glory, Maine’s Portland is as much a brewery haven as its better-known younger brother.
“It’s a big hub there. Lots of good food.”
He liked Maine a lot — “I like the cold,” he says — and wouldn’t mind living there.
Kevin’s been homebrewing since he was 21, preferring IPAs, but stopped for awhile. He picked it up again over the past year.
“It depends on if me and my buddies have space or time to do it,” he says. “It takes up a lot of space.”
His family had always vacationed in Cape May County over the summers, leaving Gloucester County for the sandy beaches of Ocean City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, and Cape May. His parents had a beach house here, and after grad school, it seemed like a logical choice.
He’s enjoying life in Cape May, preferring the quiet winters to the hectic summers. He’s also a photographer and enjoys the winter scenery that Cape May provides.
“I really like that there’s not a lot of light pollution around here at night,” he says, “so you can see the stars pretty easily.”
He’d always wanted to work at a brewery, so the job here seemed like a natural fit. As a fan of ours, he’d been looking forward to see us canning, and is glad to be part of the team that makes that happen.
“That was pretty exciting,” he says. “I’d like to see more of our beers in cans.”
A teacher at heart, Kevin knows that learning is a lifelong process. As a beer lover, he realizes that there’s always more to learn.
“I’d like to learn more,” he says. “I’m starting out at the bottom, but we’ll see what happens. I’ll do whatever they need me to do here.”
Kevin is pleased to be working as part of a team again. Whether it’s filling kegs or helping the team to put out our first canned release, teamwork is where Kevin feels at home.
“I like making things,” he tells us. “I like being part of a team, making stuff. I’ve always been part of that in some way.”
As a digital artist, his work is extraordinarily collaborative, so working as part of a team to create something is right in his wheelhouse.
“Doing 3D graphics, you’re always working together as a team,” Kevin says. “You can always output a better product with a team of people than you can on your own.”
We tend to agree, Kevin! Glad you’ll be joining our team!