What up, Fort Worth?! I’m Chelsea, or Peeners, or ChPena, or Chizy P, or the Brewery Mom to some. I am the newest, and FIRST, female hire, and I serve as the Event Coordinator at this great establishment. I am a tomboy at heart and grew up with 2 older brothers who never took it easy on me in little ol’ Red Oak, TX. I am a HUGE animal lover. My friends joke and say that I have “animal radar” and will find and pet any animal in a 1 mile radius. I played every sport you can think of growing up and finally realized that my true love was volleyball. I made my way through college playing volleyball and trying to not get caught partying on the weekends by my coaches. Martin House took this to mean that I could hang with the bros and keep them in line, I guess.
I started volunteering in April of 2014 at Martin House and fell in love with the amazing group of people working here. It was truly like being welcomed into a new beer-loving family! I came here knowing very little bit about craft beer, except that I liked it. I learned to choke down Bud Light back in the day since my brother was a sales rep and I was a poor college kid who would drink anything thrown her way. One day, after years of growing up in a small town drinking “beer” at field parties and backroading, my dad wanted to share a beer and “talk”. He handed me a Shiner and that was my gateway into craft beer. Every time I would go to the store from then on, I would buy a six pack of whatever had the prettiest bottle cap or coolest packaging……the way most ignorant girls buy things, but I started to learn what styles I enjoyed. I realized that bocks, brown ales, stouts, and porters had so much more going on than just “beer” and I was hooked.
I stumbled upon Martin House by complete accident. I had a friend that heard from a friend that heard from a co-worker about volunteering and how much she loved it. I automatically reached out to see if they needed help (having never setting foot in the brewery, mind you). Day one was so much friggin’ fun and such a blur. Everyone was so friendly and helpful! I tried my first Martin House beer, Pretzel Stout, and I was addicted. I just remember time flying by and I never stopped smiling. After that I knew I wanted to be a part of this great crew. I voiced my desire and just had to be patient for a spot to open up. Then, in October 2014, they offered me a part-time position managing tours and helping with private events and I jumped at the chance. I worked my full-time “big girl” job while working part-time at Martin House for 9 long months. I guess that the guys liked what they saw, because in July 2015, they offered me my current position as the Event Coordinator. I quit my old job without looking back and could not be happier with my decision. I mean, I get to hang out with my boys during the day, plan parties, and “shop” with other peoples’ money when picking out merch, what’s not to love?
Come see me at a tour, call me to plan a private event, let me know if you have something you would like to see at the merch stand, or just come say hi and have a beer with me.