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"I help all of us enjoy great beer brewed in London by independent brewers."
Communications, Marketing & Events Manager
Current Country: 
United Kingdom
Country of Origin: 
United States

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I am an American born in the Philippines, which is where my mother is from. I came to the UK in 2009 as a student for the Anthropology of Food Master's programme at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. After finishing the programme, I went back to the US and proceeded to apply for a Post-Study Work Visa, which is a visa now sadly on hiatus. I was granted the two-year visa and re-entered the UK in 2011, whereupon I entered several lines of work in order to gain work experience as well as support living in London. Sometimes I would work 70-hour weeks in two jobs and I'd still barely make ends meet. However, I was lucky to meet a number of people through my work. Eventually, through a combination of my degree, experience in social media and content management, and especially my work in pubs, I found work at a new East London brewery, The Five Points Brewing Company. I was the first hire after the head brewer, and was made full-time only a few weeks before my Post-Study Work Visa expired. I received my UK Residence Card the exact day my PSWV expired, and celebrated the start of my new visa, Tier 2 General Work Visa, with a curry. In my work with The Five Points, I have helped build a successful brewery that is undergoing its biggest expansion yet. We now employ 10 people, and will employ at least 2 further members of staff before the year is complete. Additionally, alongside our brewery's director I help organize the London Brewers' Market, which is a regular event at Old Spitalfields Market in East London that showcases independent breweries from all around London and allows them to sell their beer directly to the public, and allows the public to meet their local breweries as well as to try the fantastic range of brews this city has to offer. I further promote many small businesses, such as pubs and bottle shops, who stock our ales through events and social media. I even help promote other London breweries with my activity in the London Brewers' Alliance. I've been featured in the Total Ales beer blog in a new series called "London Beer People," and I've represented our brewery in other British cities at events, as well as in Rome. Soon, I'll be going to Copenhagen on behalf of our brewery, and I will also be representing us in events in Spain and, later in the year, the USA. I'll be organizing The Five Points' involvement with several beer festivals and events this year, including London Beer City and Leeds International Beer Festival. Plus, we have two other London Brewers' Markets to plan, along with some possible offshoot events. It's hard work, but exceedingly rewarding when I can walk into a pub and see our beer on the bar, and know I had a part in putting it there.

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