First Days

First Days

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What is a brewery? Kettles, tanks, fermenters? Yeast, hops, malt? Glasses, taps, kegs?

We think it’s people. Objects that make up a brewery are easy to replicate, copy or (sadly) treat lightly. It’s the people that are behind the beer and the atmosphere that give a brewery its haeccity.

With that in mind, may we present Mr. Mike Huffman, Fraser Mills Customer Experience Manager, on his first day with us. Welcome aboard Mike: we could not be happier to have you along for the brewing journey.

The man himself

Mike agreed to answer our Proust questionnaire so you could get to know him better.

1.What is your idea of perfect happiness?

No such thing. I always invent something to stress about.

2.What is your greatest fear?

Being forgotten

3.What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Anxiety. I hate it. It’s very tiring.

4.What is the trait you most deplore in others?

A lack of loyalty. Being flighty with plans. A lack of adventure, curiosity or loyalty.

5.Which living person do you most admire?

Cheesy, but my wife or my oldest daughter. I would like most of their best traits.

6.What is your greatest extravagance?

Tech. I LOVE technology. Combine that with creativity and the world is comfortable.

7.What is your current state of mind?

I’m home alone so the house is extremely noisy in its quietness.

8.What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Being nice instead of genuine.

9.On what occasion do you lie?

When someone asks my opinion about something very personal.

10.What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I always look angry or disinterested.

11.Which living person do you most despise?

I’ll keep that to myself because they aren’t a public figure.

12.What is the quality you most like in a man?

Being well rounded with their interests.

13.What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Physical and emotional strength and still believes in chivalry.

14.Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

The words , ‘Totally’, ‘Awesome’, ‘Fuck’, not always in that order.

15.What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My wife and my first girlfriend.

16.When and where were you happiest?

Playing hockey and hearing my dad’s voice cheering while I was on the ice with the puck.

17.Which talent would you most like to have?

I’d love to know how to play violin and piano.

18.If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My dad blessed me with a short temper, so that.

19.What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Getting my wife to marry me and having my 4 kids. Each of them are perfectly imperfect.

20.If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

I’d want to come back as myself but I would choose to have better siblings

21.Where would you most like to live?

It’s like a few hundred acres of natural forested land with a log house in the centre.

22.What is your most treasured possession?

I don’t have anything that is so important that aren’t people, but my camera and my drone are pretty awesome.

23.What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Not being able to really understand what happiness is or how to feel it anymore.

24.What is your favourite occupation?

As much as people can be a major thorn in my side, I like dealing with them and understand their motivation for the most part.

25.What is your most marked characteristic?

My straightforwardness.

26.What do you most value in your friends?

Being open and not judging people for their shortcomings.

27.Who are your favourite writers?

Robert Jordan, Andy McNabb, Mitch Albom, Richard Bach, Steven Hawking.

28.Who is your hero of fiction?


29.Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Galileo Galilei. Always watching and taking notes for later.

30.Who are your heroes in real life?

Chris Hatfield, Eddie Adams (war photographer), Nick Ut (Correspondent, Photographer – Vietnam)

31.What are your favourite names?

Grey, Dave, Lars, Ulrich,

32.What is it that you most dislike?

Noisy eaters and soup slurpers. People who wheedle to get their way.

33.What is your greatest regret?

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34.How would you like to die?

Laughing at something funny or very quickly.

35.What is your motto?

Glass houses.