Thursday, June 23, 2016

Happy Birthday KELSEY NELSON!!!

 Perfect timing to finally get this blog spotlight on you finished and posted. In case any of you do not already know, Kelsey is the new Head Brewer at Mayday Brewery. How awesome is that?! Mayday is already the coolest place in town and makes the best beer around, but now they have a woman head brewer. That is rare in the brewery world, and she is killing it! For me, and I know other people as well, it's also loads of fun to talk beer with her. It is rare to find a woman that knows much about beer, but when you do you can count on some killer beer knowledge. She is the brains and science behind much of the beer at Mayday and can tell you some interesting facts about the beer.  Now she has the ability to apply her knowledge to making the beer and creating some incredibly delicious beer. Be on the look out to see what she creates.
                 A few months ago I found her just hanging out in the tasting room…not working either, just hanging out like a normal person. Weird, right? This gave me the wonderful opportunity to hang out with her and get to know her a little more. Let me just say, she is way cool. Definitely lots of fun to be around her and soak up some of her super chill personality. She is quite sociable and not afraid to just meet people and make friends. I love it. We’ve had multiple fun conversations about beer, but mostly from behind the bar.  She has taught me new things and it makes me feel special when she asks me to try a beer.  It’s also a lot of fun to get to go into the brewery and watch her work, sometimes even get to help. So, hanging out with her was definitely a cool experience. There is never a quiet or dull or awkward moment with her. The conversation and fun times just keep going. She is always smiling and just appears to be loving life and having fun. There is a very cool spark about her that attracts a lot of positive energy.  I got the chance to snag her for a brief interview.
How did you get started with Mayday?
I started in October of 2014. I used to say ‘I just want to make beer and babies’ I’m not making babies, but get to make beer. I enjoy working for the family, sister behind the bar and Dad walking around talking to people. I’m indebted to him for all he’s done for me. This is how I could give back.
Tell me about working with Ozzy?
It’s good, we understand each other. He is very passionate and every emotion is to the extreme. I know him and sometimes have to stop and remind him ‘I’m on your team.’ We didn’t talk much before so, it’s cool to have a closer relationship. I know no matter what I say, he still going to love me.
How do you think Mayday has changed, helped, made an impression on Murfreesboro?
Mayday has made a community, a family. It’s not a typical bar, it’s a place with a mix of backgrounds and people bring families, just good people. Lot’s of locals that have lived in Murfreesboro for a long time have a place to show Murfreesboro’s culture. I’m always meeting new people. There’s so many great people; a great place to be in the ‘Boro.
Do you have a really cool story or experience from a customer that stands out?

Not really. We have wedding receptions and even weddings held regularly. It’s cool it’s a place you would want to be on your most special day. There’s even been a memorial service. Always something different.

Thanks Kelsey and Happy Birthday!

Stephanie, Mayday's Dancing Blogger

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tours and Local Live Music Makes for a Phenomenal Weekend at Mayday!

Saturday, Saturday, Saturday! Come one. Come all. Come see the amazing Ozzy and take one of the crazy fun tours. They are every Saturday at 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00, no reservation required. I’m just going to go ahead and guarantee a good time. You will also get to meet The Mayday Treasure Terron as he starts the tour and pours the beer.  Sometimes you will even get to see me, standing of in the corner taking random pictures. Haha…You will also get to meet many of the regulars who take the tour on a regular basis. Some of these guys like Ray, Mike, Brittney, and Savanna have been on the tour so many times they are giving their souvenir tour glasses away as gifts, or having to remove their everyday glasses out of their kitchen cabinets at home to make room for more tour glasses. They are pretty cool glasses. It’s also fun how the regulars interact with Ozzy and help add to the fun of the tour. Just having so many people coming back regularly to take the tour lets you know that it is definitely something worth experiencing. Heck I think some of these guys have been on the tour “as many times as I have,” Ozzy would say. That’s a sure fire sign they are a good time.
Another thing that makes the tours so much fun is the level of audience participation. Ozzy encourages this by rewarding smart ass comments with an animal cracker. He goes through a lot of animal crackers. Every tour that I have been on has had me cracking up at some point along the way. Usually about halfway through everyone is loosened up and really having a good time and cracking all kinds of jokes and one-liners. You will hear things like Brian asking “Is Ron Jeremy your dad?” Then Rachael said, referring to the animal crackers, “down for a good cause.” “Puff, puff pass” is probably one of the best things I’ve heard on the tour. Jared was a very clever man to come up with that one. The most common things I hear people say are “This is the best tour I have ever been on.” “I have never been on a tour like this before.” It makes the whole experience that much better when you hear so many people say that about Ozzy and his tours. We have had several people travel here just because of these tours. Meaghan came from Massachusetts to take a tour. Kris and his wife came from Georgia; friends from Wisconsin and Michigan have also made the trip. There are many, many more traveling people that have taken a Mayday tour and will be many more. SO come take a tour. Not only do you get a cool glass, ample samples, crazy Ozzy and the occasional serenade or instrumental preview from the band, you also meet some really cool people and have a phenomenal time!

Don’t forget to stick around and check out the bands also. Another great part of Mayday is how they help and support local musicians. Their music motto is “No cover charges and no cover bands.” These musicians come to perform for the love of the people and Mayday. Come listen and support them and help them to get their names and music out to the masses! Every Friday and Saturday there are live bands. Sometimes there will be music on Thursdays also. Also, keep a lookout; we might start a “selfie with the band” posting. Already have a few. Get to Mayday this weekend for a really fun time!