Nicole Mandala oral history interview January 22, 2021 03:04:08
From Tiah Edmunson-Morton
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Nicole Mandala is the Senior Procurement Manager at the Brewers Collective, Anheuser-Busch, in Portland, Oregon. In her interview, Mandala talked about growing up in Southern California, her interest in music and work at Tower Records, a growing commitment to activism and political engagement, her travels to Europe and time living in Amsterdam, moving to and living in Boston, and her decision to return to school (Emerson College). She also talks about her introduction to beer; her work at a craft beer bar in Boston; work at Mystic Brewery (Chelsea, MA) and Long Trail Brewing Company (Bridgewater Corners, VT); her move to Stone Brewing in Escondido, California, and role in establishing the east coast facility in Richmond, Virginia; and her move to Portland to work for Widmer Bros. Brewing / Craft Brew Alliance and how that work was impacted the October, 2020 sale to Anheuser-Busch. The interview concludes with a discussion of gender and diversity in the industry.