Some people know what they want out of life right out of the gate, but some people need a chance to figure that out. Taylor Coleman, the newest member of our Brewtique Team, is one of the latter.
“Taylor has a background in fashion so a spot in our fashion headquarters was the perfect fit,” says Tasting Room General Manager Chris Costello. “She brings a great willingness to learn about the beer industry and looks for any opportunity to help around the Tasting Room.”
Originally from Bucks County, Taylor grew up in Doylestown, attending New Hope-Solebury High School before attending college at the University of Delaware for communications.
“I didn’t really appreciate growing up there until I got older and had the chance to leave,” she says. “I got back and I said, ‘Damn, it’s really nice around here.’”
And it totally is. New Hope is an extremely cool little town, with a ton of shops, awesome bars, and the Bucks County Playhouse. However, as with any hometown, it might take some distance before you can appreciate it.
And Taylor certainly got some distance, having lived in Honolulu for a month.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” she says. “I’m still figuring it out. I didn’t have anything lined up. My intention was to line something up when I got there, but ‘island time’ is a real thing and it was a very slow process.”
After a month, Taylor realized that she really couldn’t continue without getting a job, so she traded the beaches of Hawaii for the beaches of Cape May.
“My parents got a beach house down here two summers ago,” she explains. “My mom recently started working at an interior design job, and I thought, ‘I could go live down at the beach. Let me do that.’”
She loves the outdoors and the ocean, so moving here with the family’s German Shepherd, Waylon, was a no-brainer.
“He’s so sweet,” she says. “He’s my pride and joy. He’s the family dog, but, no, he’s mostly mine.”
And she really likes Cape May — it reminds her of home, and for good reason: there are a lot of similarities between New Hope and Cape May.
“Cape May has a small-town feel,” she says. “Like New Hope, everyone’s super nice.”
Before Cape May Brewing Co. — and before Hawaii — Taylor was at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia doing administrative work for the oncology department. But she was looking for something a little less stressful for the summer.
“I don’t really know what I want to do career-wise,” she says, “so I was looking for something with a little more of a laid back environment.”
Her parents had been to the brewery several times and suggested she check it out during her job search.
“My mom was like, ‘This would be a really cool place to work,’” she says, “and then I came in, and I was like, ‘Absolutely!’
“And I love it.”
She’s looking forward to learning a lot about beer while she’s here.
“I really enjoy the atmosphere and the people that I work with,” she says. “It’s very laid back. Nothing too serious. It’s perfect.”
She was loving Lady in Room #10 and misses it now that it’s gone, but points to Coastal Evacuation as her favorite.
“I like how hoppy it is,” she says. “And it doesn’t take much. I like Crushin’ It and The Bog, but they’re a little sweet for me. I’ve learned that I’m more into sours than anything sweet.”
We have a ton of sours in the pipeline this summer, so she’ll be in good hands.
Be sure to say hello to Taylor the next time you see her in the Brewtique!