By: Rich Ackerman, Director of Human Resources Published:
I remember the Long Thaw as yet another one of those Harpoon beers that killed it. The assertiveness of hops and the softness of the wheat malt made the Long Thaw a beer never to forget. This beer wasn’t only perfectly balanced, it gave a New Englander hope that the dirt filled slush/snow and salt-encrusted cars are soon on their way out, and the Spring season is quickly upon us.
My story starts way back in 2014 when I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview for an HR position within Harpoon. This seemed like a perfect fit because the Long Thaw was my Harpoon go-to for the past two years. I initially had no fear walking in to a group of Harpoon employees who were also professional beer drinkers. I would simply describe my passion for the Long Thaw and hope that my love for one Harpoon product would sail me right through the interview process. My girlfriend (Suzie – wife now) thought differently and bought the IPA Adventure Pack. We sat together in our living room sampling each delectable delight. During the tasting, I was online reading up on the company history (good advice for all you youngsters looking for a job) while Suzie reminded me that I was the luckiest human alive to have the opportunity to work for the best brewery this side of the Mississippi.
That morning, I walked in for my interview in a full suit (another piece of advice for youngsters – dress to impress, you will always beat out the rest). I was greeted by the office manager who took me on a brief tour of the office. I remember seeing all of the different Harpoon celebrities that have been part of my life ever since I started drinking Harpoon. I met Jordan who was on the back label of the IPA, James who was on the back label of our Celtic, Harpoon Co-Founders, Rich and Dan who were on back of Rich and Dan’s (obviously), and finally, the biggest celebrity, Carly who was on the Harpoon homepage holding a Long Thaw laying in a snowbank. I remember giggling like Bevis when I walked by her knowing that I would call Suzie when I got out of the interview to tell her that all of the photos we see on Harpoon’s labels and website are employees. I saw this as one of the most rewarding benefits working at Harpoon….Which is kinda bizarre for the HR person to say.
If anyone knows the interview process at Harpoon, you would understand that we do things a little differently. My interview was seven hours long, involved questions like what beer is currently in my refrigerator, my thoughts on Social Security, and included meeting eleven different people and one dog. One of the best parts of the interview process is the end. This is a chance for Harpooners to give our candidates the real test – can we sit and enjoy a beer with this person like we would with a friend or family member. I remember standing at the bar with our former HR person and ordering a Long Thaw and thinking, damn I am thirsty after talking for seven hours and not being offered a beverage, and then thinking, damn that’s a damn good beer.
By: Victoria Kidder, UFO Brand Manager Published:
I’m struggling where this story is going, because it’s weird to discuss how your friend texts you a million times and says KIDDER I LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU while he is on the T because of this damn beer. But yeah, that’s the story.
How would your friends know you love them if you didn’t drink a beer with an 18% ABV?
Beers were flowing, pretzels were magically disappearing right and left, and when it came to my friend’s next beer choice at the Beer Hall, he threw caution to the wind for Interrobang. Because after a couple beers, a beer with an 18% ABV is the only logical next beer, right? Right.