Are you looking for a fun and unique experience for you and your wedding guests? Maybe you have friends and family coming from out of town and want to give them an idea of Portland Breweries? Or you are on the hunt for an after wedding activity? Look no further! Brewvana may be JUST the thing for you!
1. Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?
Originally from upstate NY and Ct but moved here from NC where I went to high school and college. I fell in love with Portland and played tour guide for friends and family before I took it to the next level and decided to be a pro!
2. What is your favorite thing about Portland?
Oh man, this is hard, I love SO many things about Portland. This city is oozing with creativity and abundance of all things wonderful such as the craft creators (roasteries, breweries, artisans), all the amenities and resources (events, parks, Travel Portland, business groups, Art of Weddings) and the people! It’s a great city to live, work and play. I love the kid-friendly breweries, parks on every corner, walkability, neighborhood beauty, and craft culture.
3. What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
EAT: I only eat at breweries that have great food, my favorite spot is Ecliptic Brewing. Their burger is excellent and they have salmon on the kid’s menu, featured on my list of the best kid-friendly breweries in Portland. Dessert, Ruby Jewel ice-cream sandwiches pair well with beer and are a perfect ending to a nice meal. Or a midnight snack.
DRINK: Beer – duh. My favorite Portland breweries are the ones where not only can I bring my daughter, but they entertain her too! Check out my blog post on the best kid-friendly breweries in Portland, from a Mama’s perspective! Cocktails at the Observatory, or their Over & Out Bar. My favorite is the Tom Kah Thai bird chili-infused vodka, lemongrass cilantro simple syrup, coconut cream and lots of fresh lime. It’s REALLY spicy, tasty and boozy.
SEE: The International Rose Test Gardens. It’s free, beautiful, smells delicious and is the perfect background for photos on a sunny day. – See a show at the Oregon Zoo. Go early because you also get free zoo admission. Outdoor concerts are even fun in the rain (I know from experience) and feature great local food and beer too.
DO: iFLY! Indoor skydiving at iFly PDX, was one of the funnest experiences of my life and I can’t wait to go back. Visit Kennedy School or Edgefield, or both! We visit Kennedy School on Friday’s Pacific NW is Best Tour, Edgefield is more of a drive but features golf, outdoor concerts, a brewery, winery and distillery on-site and a ton of restaurants and bars.
4. How long have you been providing the Portland experience through craft?
I started the company in Nov 2010 and led the 1st tour in April of 2011 so I’ve got 9 years of experience. It started with beer and has evolved to include other Portland specialties such as coffee, donuts, whiskey, spirits, cider and more! Connecting with people and providing a fun and authentic Portland experience is the funnest part of the job!
5. What exactly is BREWVANA all about?
BREWVANA provides a fun, all-inclusive and educating tasting experience in Portland showcasing this city’s craft creators. Tours include transportation visiting multiple locations, for tastings, pairings, behind the scenes access to meet the makers, hear the stories, learn about the ingredients and have a hell of a good time. Guests leave with a sampling journal, tasting glass, pretzel necklace- buzzing in the euphoric state of BREWVANA with a new appreciation for Portland, craft and life!
6. What people/training/experiences/opportunities led you to this career path?
I served beer at a brewery, exceeding expectations for service. It’s important to me to make someone feel special and well taken care of. That’s where I gained my customer service skills, passion for beer and beer knowledge. For fun, I played tour guide for friends and family. I have an overly optimistic attitude and one day I thought “hey I should do this for everyone who comes to Portland”! I took a foundations business course and the rest is history. I’ve taken several classes since then and learned a lot the hard way but it sure has been a fun ride.
7. How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional for their wedding day?
BREWVANA offers an opportunity to introduce your guests to Portland in a way that showcases what this city is known for while having fun and connecting people. Whether it’s a pre-wedding activity or post-wedding festivity, we provide an all-inclusive and fun tasting experience to celebrate the most important occasion. People travel from all over the country and world to be with you on your special day, you want to make the most of their time here but it’s always so challenging to plan events for so many people. We provide an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones, introduce them to Portland and have fun without the stress.
8. What is the best part of your job?
The hugs I get at the end of a tour when people have had the best day ever.
9. What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
Dealing with the buses and managing the business. The company just recently joined the City Brew Tours Family so I get to do what I love and not have to worry about that anymore!
10. Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?
Team! We have several tour guides on our team, all super fun, and love sharing their passion for the craft.
11. What do you attribute to your success as a wedding? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
We have great relationships with our partners – we work with them to deliver an experience so they get excited when we show up and roll out the red carpet for us by providing VIP access to their location. Everything is included so our guests don’t have to think about anything, they are taken care of every step of the way. It’s a seamless win-win for all parties involved. And did I mention it’s SO much fun?
12. At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
Private tours can take some time to plan especially for groups of 30+ so I would suggest 2-3month lead time but we will work with you if you need something last minute. Public tours can be booked the day of if there’s availability.