By Crystal Anderson
Jeremy Sisco found the perfect concoction of work and play – in beer.
“I spent quite a few years not enjoying my life as I should have,” he laments. “I was always looking for the next thing, the next adventure, the next job and I’ve finally found a place where it feels like home and it feels good.”
Now the taproom manager at Arvada’s Odyssey Beerwerks, the cheeky 34-year-old chef and beer lover enjoys serving Psycho Penguin Vanilla Porters and keeping guests entertained.
“I’m a big smart ass and that personality works in this atmosphere – it’s not fine dining,” the Wisconsin native points out.
A degree and career in mapping failed to keep Sisco engaged so he left it behind to pursue another degree and career in healthcare. At about the same time, he stumbled into a job at Odyssey Beerwerks. Little did he know, the part-time position would completely change the trajectory of his life.
“When I first started here I was going to school, so I knew it would never be permanent here,” he says. “Then, I didn’t enjoy that line of work (healthcare) and now I’m thinking about a whole new realm of possibilities and potential. It’s kind of cool.”
Jumping in on the ground floor of the new brewery as a beer tender in 2013, Sisco found the job to be a natural fit. Passionate about the industry, he grew to love the position. He now runs the taproom and is the face of the popular southeast Arvada stop.
Alongside managing the daily ins and outs of running a taproom, Sisco plans events, books talent for the brewery’s comedy and music nights, manages their relationships with food trucks, serves beer and runs trivia nights. The brewery’s Renaissance man, he says he’s excited about where Odyssey is heading and how his role plays into it. “I would love to see this place grow, explode and be that guy that gets to watch it grow and explode and move to different areas and titles and positions with this company.”
Crystal Anderson is an adventure-seeking journalist who loves exploring local breweries, the mountains and Denver’s hidden wonders.