Welcome to our Team: Jack Van Paepeghem
The Maine Brew Bus is pleased to welcome Jack Van Paepeghem to our faculty in the position of Curriculum Coordinator. Learn more about Jack and what he can share with all of us.
Jack behind the bar at Oxbow Blending and Bottling. Heather Steeves photo for MaineToday.com
Our faculty has a new team member, Jack Van Paepeghem of Portland. Jack joins us to serve in the key position of Curriculum Coordinator.
In this role, Jack will help improve the level of beer education among our own team members, the hospitality industry, and the general public.
We pride ourselves that our theme is education focused brewery tours and more. Our founder Zach was a teacher for a long time. We use converted school buses on our tours, and we use the term “Guidance Counselor” to describe our guides.
On our tours you going to visit producers, drink alcohol, meet new friends, and have a great time.
But you will also have the opportunity to learn much more along the journey in the green bus. A little about the history of alcohol in Portland and in Maine, a review of the fermentation process, insight on the business plans of the owners and founders of the producers, and even some nuggets of trivia help to round out the information we share on each tour.
Jack will help to being together our internal training programs so that our guides are as knowledgeable as possible. He will be available to conduct on site workshops and formal beer training programs for restaurants, bars, and hotels in Southern Maine. We are even looking at putting together a Introduction to Beer class that will be open to the general public.
Here’s a little more about Jack, in his own words:
Look for much more from Jack in the future. He is certified to drive our tours, and you may see him on the road from time to time. This will give him a good viewpoint to hear our different guides and help to improve their knowledge base.
He will be offering up some of his own posts in this space covering beer education themes as well as updates on his journey as he works to add his name to the prestigious list of 11 people in the world who have attained Master certification in the Cicerone program. Follow Jack on Twitter: @BeerChops
Don Littlefield is the Assistant Principal of The Maine Brew Bus. He is looking forward to learning a lot from Jack, who has a lot of great information to share. Twitter: @BeerinME