How Did I Get Here: Channa

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Meet Channa, (pronounced like Shawna not Cha-nah), one of Sun King’s lovely lady Brewery Reps!

• Name: Channa LaVine aka “Channa Montana” aka “Chananana” aka “Channa Banana” aka “Girl”

• JobTitle/Duties:

Sun King Brewery Rep, managing accounts in a specific territory in central Indiana, on and off premise accounts. Basically, Channa represents the awesome beer you love at your favorite Indy bars, restaurants, and smaller liquor stores.

• How did you get here?

Channa worked in the Omni Hotel’s Severin Bar and decided that she wanted to be a part of the craft beer scene. So, just like anyone else would do, she quit her job, sold her car moved to Ouray, Colorado. Once there, she worked at brewery for about 6 months. When she came back to Indy she found herself right at home in the Sun King Tasting Room. After pouring growlers and sampling tasters for some time, she was given the chance to work on the brew deck. After putting in her time as a keg washing monkey, she was promoted to Assistant Cellarman before moving to Sales/Marketing in 2012.

• Was there a skill or experience that led to doing the work that you do here?

Pervious experience working at a brewery. Also, enjoying working at a brewery gave her the drive and passion to ask for a job at Sun King starting in October 2011.

• What’s your favorite thing about working at Sun King?

Channa enjoys being a part of the Indiana craft brewing community.

• What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

Channa plans on traveling the world and seeing all of the sites. How might she fund this trip you may ask. “With all of the money I’ll find in a duffel bag laying on the sidewalk.”

• Where are you from/where did you grow up?

“Soufside!” – Channa grew up in the Center Grove area.

• What is the most gratifying part of your job?

Helping the businesses around town do what they do best, help them promote craft beer, and enjoy great local beer!

• What is the best thing that has happened to you while working at Sun King Brewing?

“No comment.” Channa prefers to let the absence of a comment speak for itself.

• What might someone be surprised to know about you?

Channa is slightly fascinated with some of our furry four-legged farm friends – goats! She intends on buying her own mother to help with mowing the law. Here’s why Channa loves these bearded, noisy, grass eaters:

• What do you do when you are not working?

She is devoted to her volleyball team, Team Sideout, and can be found most nights winning games on the sand volleyball court. When she’s not there you might see her out at favorite neighborhood bar Dorman Street or involved in one of the local trivia nights at various locations around town.

• Who is your favorite musician?

She doesn’t limit herself to just one music maker. She enjoys all forms of melody.

• What is your favorite film?

“Bennie and Joon”

• Channa on her work with the “Men of Sun King Calendar” – A Tribute to Movember:

Many of the SKB Crew threw around the idea of doing a Men of Sun King Calendar resembling a bikini calendar (scary!). A few months ago the Crew agreed it would be a great idea to help raise awareness and funding for the Movember Indy movement. So the planning begin and we rounded everyone up, dressed them in ‘appropriate attire’, and took photos of those who were willing to participate in the light-hearted silliness that makes us the SKB Crew. “It’s been a lot of fun, everyone has been good sports about it.”

You can pick up your own Men of Sun King Calendar at the brewery in the Tasting Room! Calendars will hit our shelves Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at the Movember Costume and Tapping Party. 100% of the calendar proceeds go to Movember. They are $5 each.

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