Quest to participate in SAVOR 2016

Andrew  |  January 27

Quest Brewing Company has been selected to participate in the annual SAVOR event held at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC June 3 & 4 2016. Representing South Carolina, Quest will be pairing its Golden Fleece BPA and Smoking Mirror Smoked Porter with chef-inspired dishes.

Presented by the Brewers Association (BA), SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience is the premier beer and food pairing event in the U.S. The ninth annual SAVOR returns to Washington, D.C. Attendees will enjoy beers from 76 small and independent American craft breweries, hailing from 29 different states and representing all regions of the country. Along with innovative and flavorful craft beers, SAVOR offers a diverse and delicious array of food pairings designed by Brewers Association culinary consultant Chef Adam Dulye, co-owner/chef of San Francisco’s The Monk’s Kettle and The Abbot’s Cellar.

Additionally, the notable personalities behind each of the craft beer brands come to the front lines at SAVOR as they serve and mingle with guests and participate in educational and private tasting salons throughout the two nights.

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A New Beginning for Quest

Andrew  |  January 19

When Don and I opened Quest Brewing in the summer of 2013, we had a goal to become a treasured local brewery. Our aim was to make the highest-quality, best-tasting, and most unique brews in the region. We are pleased to say that our craft beer community has embraced the abnormal beers we produce such as our Ponce Cucumber Jalapeño Saison and our Melusine Bière de Garde. We thank each one of our customers, distributors, and retailers for their role in our success. However, no journey is without its pitfalls and our story is no different.

Before our first anniversary, we began to roll out our Legendary Series into cans. This accelerated growth was a bold move that brought to light issues stemming from our brewing ingredients. As many of you know, we have had pressure issues with our cans that have led them to bulge, foam, or even become compromised if in the right environment. After much research and even more trial & error, we determined the culprit of our can-stability problem was bad yeast. We have since switched yeast providers and have had ALL batches lab-tested to ensure that our beer is as stable in the market as possible. Quality control has become our number one goal moving forward.

As some of you may know, our brewery was funded as a result of the tragic death of my brother, Sean. I take the image and reputation of our brewery to heart. I am constantly at work trying to make our brewery a success not only for my family, Don, and our staff. I want to make it great for Sean. His memory lives on in every drop he helped create. That is why it is so important for us to right the ship and continue to better our products.

So it is with the utmost sincerity, we ask for your forgiveness. As a consumer, you have more options than ever to choose from and we ask for a second chance. As a retailer, we appreciate your continued support and apologize for any problems that arose from our products. We understand that we can only make a first impression once. That is the uphill battle we are up against to regain the ground lost from bad experiences. However, our company is young and is headed in the right direction. We feel strongly that we are a better company because we have learned from our mistakes and have them in the rear-view mirror. Give our products another shot. Support a local, community-driven company. After all, our quest for great beer is far from over.

Cheers!

Andrew Watts

The Roundtable with Quest’s Don & Andrew 2/1/16

Andrew  |  January 13

Do you want to hear the Quest story? Do you have questions about the craft beer industry? Do you want to know what future plans are in store for Quest? Do you want some feedback/advice on opening your own brewery? Here’s your chance.

Moderator Brett Barest will lead us through a question and answer session with Quest Brewmaster/Owner Don Richardson and CEO/Owner Andrew Watts on Monday Feb 1 2016 at 7PM. Hear the story of how Quest came to be from the founders. The guys will field questions from attendees at the end of the session. There is no cost for this Q&A, we just hope you enjoy the conversation and a pint or two while you’re here. See you then, Cheers!

Quest Releases Grand Cru

Andrew  |  January 8

Be the first to get a bottle of our newest limited release! The latest release from our Brewer’s Reserve is a Belgian-style Quadruple Ale, weighing in at 11.2 % ABV and fermented with SC native yeast from our friends at SouthYeast Labs. This beer is beautifully aged with lots of complex notes. Available in 750 ml Cork & Cage Bottles for $20 each starting Jan 15th 2016.

Music with My Girl My Whiskey & Me will be in-house for musical entertainment starting at 6pm. Make plans to join us for some Friday fun!

Quest is Hiring a Sales Manager

Andrew  |  January 8

Sales Manager – Quest Brewing Co.

Quest Brewing Company is a small microbrewery in the growing city of Greenville, SC. Our brewery opened in 2013 to much fanfare and have been establishing ourselves as a producer of unique and innovative beers in the Southeast region. We are located one hour from Asheville, two hours from Charlotte, two hours from Atlanta, and three hours from Charleston.
Our company is growing and this is an opportunity to start at the ground floor with a successful regional brewery. This position has the potential to become a managerial position with a staff of Brand Ambassadors once sales goals are met and new territories are opened.

Job Summary:
As sales manager, your role is ultimately charged with increasing the sales of some of the best-tasting ales in the South. You will be in charge increasing sales in North and South Carolina including several high-volume distributors. A critical factor to your success will be the business planning and relationship management of all distributors in the territory as well as growth of Quest brands within each wholesaler. This includes direct account responsibility for key accounts, securing new distribution in existing and new accounts, and working closely with the distributor network in the Carolinas to maintain/develop all accounts.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Specifically, the responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following activities:
• Conduct quarterly sales review meetings with distributors
• Set and evaluate sales and distribution goals
• Quarterly evaluation of each Distributor in your territory (performed at Quarterly review)
• Aggressively pursue new on & off-premise distribution
• Develop key events that feature Quest brands
• Call on existing key accounts to secure new distribution, making timely presentations, and introducing new and “limited release” beers
• Execute weekly on and off-premise promotions and periodic special events that generate brand awareness and consumer sampling, as well as new distribution at target accounts
• Develop and maintain strong, positive relationships with account staff and distributor sales personnel
• Travel to company sales meetings; and work with other members of the Quest team to execute/achieve the sales plan
• Complete necessary administrative reporting and communications on a timely basis
• Maintain all sales goals and personal budgets outlined to you and your territory
• Achieve and/or maintain Quest market and quality standards in all territories
• Other duties as periodically assigned by management

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree preferred and at least three years prior industry experience in a beer/wine sales position
• Strong oral communication skills (ability to talk to others to convey information effectively; strong written communication skills)
• Strong persuasion skills (Ability to influence others decision-making or persuading others to change their minds or behavior through superior skill and knowledge of all our beers and the craft beer community)
• Active Listening (This is the key to all sales presentation, understanding your retailer can only be achieved by listening to their needs and filling those needs)
• Excellent time management skills; ability to be proactive and take initiative
• Excellent organization and coordination skills (detail oriented & able to manage priorities and routine functions effectively and efficiently)
• Social Perceptiveness (Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do)
• Negotiation (Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences)
• Proficiency with personal computers / laptops and associated programs (Windows, Microsoft office suite of programs)
• Decision making skills (collect, assess, and interpret relevant information and make sound judgment)
• Valid Driver License with a good driving record, a reliable, registered and insured vehicle, and ability to drive to and from accounts continuously
• Cicerone, or other Beer certification strongly preferred
• Must be available to work nights and weekends and work more than 40 hours per week; and lift and or move up to 50 pounds
• MUST WORK OUT OF AND/OR BE WILLING TO MOVE TO THE GREENVILLE, SC AREA
• MUST HAVE RELEVANT BEER/WINE/SPIRITS EXPERIENCE IN THE CAROLINAS PREFERABLY IN THE BEER DISTRIBUTOR NETWORK

What Quest Offers:
-Base salary plus commissions and bonuses based on meeting sales targets.
-Holiday pay
-Opportunity exists for long-term ownership potential.
-Other benefits under development.

Please submit your cover letter and resume with your work experience to: info@questbrewing.com. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

Quest Brewing Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.