Alright, I have some explaining to do.
First, I have no evidence whatsoever that Steven Jackson is considering dropping the Rams for the Bears, or investing any more than the price of two seats (one for him, and one for his enormous man-arms) in Southwest Airlines. All I know is that I saw him, as well as Luke Harangody (ironically famous for his not so muscular baby fat-arms) at Chicago’s Midway Airport during our travels to and from an innovation in technology workshop with a leading consulting firm this past week. I participated in this workshop along with 13 other members of the Anheuser-Busch InBev Global Management Training Program (GMTP) in the North American Zone.
Second, the URL of this blog is a futile attempt at wit and word association, and should be pronounced as blogger (blä g r) referencing the “type of beer that is brewed using bottom-fermenting yeast at lower temperatures and for longer durations than those typically used to brew ales” (according to Wikipedia). More specifically think of the “Great American Lager”, “The King of Beers”, Budweiser.
Third, the title of this blog “Beer Me a Beer” is a reference to the evolving reference of “beering” something, which has through a natural process of etymological evolution come to mean “to pass or give an object” (according to no one in particular). Popular uses of the new homonym include “Beer me that Natty”, “You didn’t beer me any beers tonight, yet beered yourself far too often, so beer me the keys to the car so I can soberly drive you home”, or “I am still wondering why AB InBev beered me this job”. Feel free to use this word or phrase in your everyday life.
Finally, the purpose of this blog… As I mentioned before, I just started work at AB InBev as a member of the 2010 GMTP. I graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania this past May, and after thoroughly enjoying my senior year, was lucky to have landed my dream job working for the biggest and best beer company in the world. I moved to St. Louis to begin the training process and it’s been non-stop since day one. The program includes 5 weeks here at the North American HQ along with the other North American Zone trainees (14 total), a week of which with the 130 or so international trainees from other geographical zone. Then we all ship off to regional offices in different cities for field training. The active locations include Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, and Denver (where I’ll be positioned), where we will spend about four months training, two of which at a brewery and two at a regional distributor. After that we reunite for another few weeks in St. Louis with the Canadian trainees, followed by another four months at yet another field location (brewery or regional distributor) before we are placed in our first real position.
As part of our training, we have been challenged to publish a blog of our experiences in the program (better than calling mom and dad every week). So I’ll be updating this blog occasionally with anything I deem applicable or interesting, which as you’ve probably witnessed might stray a bit from just the beer. This entire process seems a bit daunting from this vantage point, but I look forward to chronicling this experience for anyone who wants to know what goes through the mind of a kid in the beer business.
This first week has been incredibly exciting and informative. I’ve learned as much from living and working with this group of peers than from the classes and meetings we’ve been attending all week. I can’t wait to see how we all progress as a group and as individuals moving forward through this program, and into our careers.
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