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One in a Million

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We are an incredibly tight-knit and talented staff at Against the Grain. Every month, employees vote for who they think deserves recognition from the front of the house, back of the house, and production for being an exceptional employee. All of our staff are amazing, but these three truly deserve a shout out as one in a million. Let’s meet the January employees of the month!

Camille

Where are you from originally?

Louisville

How long have you worked for Against the Grain? 

Three years

What’s your job at Against the Grain?

Making drinks, pouring beers, and serving meat! But technically I serve and bartend.

Why have you stuck around for so long?

We’re like one big family, and the culture is always really accepting of whatever I have going on. And the beer is pretty tight!

What’s your favorite thing about working at ATG?

My favorite thing about Against the Grain is how much we all love each other, and that we’re always all down to have a good time.

Favorite beer?

Chris Framboise, I like that boy.

Favorite food?

Brisket with pinto beans.

Which manager do you wish always had the aux cord?

Xander, for sure.

Favorite ATG memory?

In general, just debauchery! But as for a specific memory, maybe when Luke wandered around in booty shorts like it was no big deal.

Chris

Where are you from originally?

I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.

How long have you worked for ATG? 

It will be five years, April 26th! 

What do you do?

I am the Kitchen Manager, mostly the night-shift kitchen manager. I make sure all of our meats are taken care of, you know smoked pork, smoked brisket, ribs. I oversee kitchen operations make sure that everything runs smoothly for day-shift the next day.

Why have you stuck with us for so long?

Honestly, it’s a great work environment. The people are fantastic and that’s what makes the company great because if you come to work and the people you work with irritate you, you don’t want to be here. But when you come in, and everybody has inside jokes. Inside jokes that we all have or just with a few people, it’s like we’re a family. It’s tough to find that comradery in any workplace. 

What’s your favorite thing about working at ATG?

I have so much creative control over what’s going on my time on the clock. An issue may arise, and we’ll have to figure it out on the fly. Or also just helping people. I’m in a position where people come to me for help, and they feel like they can talk to me.

Favorite beer?

So my favorite beer is seasonal, it’s Aunt Claudine’s Salty Melons. When it’s on, you know it’s summer. 

Favorite food?

My thing right now is the cajun shrimp, but overall it’s always the ribs slathered in sweet BBQ sauce. 

Who do you wish always had the aux cord?

I can deal with Xander. Definitely. He’s wide-ranging. He touches a little bit of every genre.

Favorite ATG memory?

Oh, there are so many. Probably when Anthony and his brother Sebastian had a boxing match. It just brought everybody together. And not have a sibling rivalry tear them apart.

Ted

Where are you from originally?

Michigan, a little north of Ann Arbor.

How long have you worked for ATG? 

Just over two years.

What do you do?

I mostly cellar the beer. So I handle the beer after we’ve brewed it. So, mostly carbonating the beer and kegging beer. 

Why have you stuck with us for so long?

Are you kidding me? I just got to do a photoshoot for this and act silly as hell. I love the whole attitude of the place. 

What’s your favorite thing about working at ATG?

Seeing people drink beer that I had a part in the making is so cool. The first time I saw it first hand was at a festival, and it’s such a cool experience. That’s my favorite thing about my job.

Favorite beer?

I drink a lot of Pile of Face and A Beer. But we had a collab with Taft’s last year that was amazing called Blood Eagle. It was one of the best sour ales I’ve ever had. 

Favorite food?

Oh, easy – a half-pound of brisket with slaw. Sometimes I’ll add on the Brussel sprouts but always the brisket. 

Which manager do you wish always had the aux cord?

That’s a tough one; it’s definitely between Shane and Jon High. Shane plays a little bit of everything and a bunch of weird stuff that I love. 

Favorite ATG memory?

Going to Great taste of the Midwest the first year and second year was awesome. And Extreme Beer Fest was a lot of fun too. Anytime I get to leave town with everyone, we always have a blast.

Written by: Ashley Paul