“I kind of feel like this job is my destiny,” says Margo Knight Metzger, the new executive director of the N.C. Brewers Guild.
The 34-year-old Raleigh resident left a job as public relations director for the N.C. Division of Tourism to start in January as the first full-time leader of the organization that represents the state’s craft beer industry.
Her previous jobs included representing the state’s wine industry. “I have had kind of an unusual career path that has involved following my own muse,” she said. “Somehow all of my skills have led me to this and I feel like this is the perfect fit for me.”
In a recent conversation, Knight Metzger assessed the tasks ahead of her and also the state of North Carolina beer. Here’s an excerpt of the edited transcript:
What I’m tasting
Bell’s Brewery’s Hopslam is all the rage this time of year. The double India pale ale’s honey thickness matched with big hop bitterness is famous. The first delivery to the Triangle is gone, but another round may come later in the season.
Didn’t get your hands on one of the most coveted six-packs of the year? Don’t fret. There are near-equal IPAs on the shelves near you. Try these three favorites of mine: Lagunitas Sucks, Olde Hickory Redeemer and Ballast Point Sculpin.