By: Victoria Kidder, UFO Brand Manager Published:
We’re guessing that since we released our new seasonal UFO Twist, there have been two main questions on your mind:
- What the heck is a bergamot?
- Why is this beer so dang delicious?
What IS a bergamot?
At a high level, it is a fragrant fruit the size of an orange that is the pedigree of a sour orange variety and a lemon variety. But, if you’re looking for some more interesting facts about a bergamot for your next trivia night, here you go …
- Origin: The first documentation of a Bergamot goes back to Italy in the 1700s.
- Food & Drink: Besides making Twist taste great, Earl Grey tea is made with Bergamot.
- Scent: Bergamot can be found in many colognes and perfumes. Just check out what GQ said
Why is this beer so damn delicious?
Life is all about choices. Like do you want sweet or savory? Here’s the thing though … making choices can be brutal. Why can’t you have sweet AND savory? Twist was created with the same notion. Blood oranges are sweet, but sometimes you just want a bit of spice too, ya know? Our talented brewers did us a major favor and said, “No need to choose, you can have your cake and eat it too” (music to our ears …). So, enjoy the delicious sweetness of blood orange followed by the zip of the bergamot.
Now go pick up some UFO Twist and enjoy dropping some knowledge on your buddies!
By: Sean Pate, Help Desk Technician / Administration, IT Published:
Our friends at Web Industries, a fellow ESOP company, shared with us their “Ideas System,” a program for harnessing ideas for improving company performance from each and every employee. The reason behind the Ideas System made a lot of sense: every employee naturally has ideas every day about how to make his or her job easier, better, more efficient.
When we saw the Ideas system in action, we saw employees who were engaged, excited, and enthusiastic. It was obvious from these meetings just how much power there is in having every employee in the company striving for its improvement. And we knew then that this program was something we had to do at Harpoon.
At Harpoon, work teams have always met frequently and shared ideas for improving performance and making employees’ jobs easier, better, more streamlined. Since becoming employee-owned, we formalized this system to make the most of those ideas and celebrate the contributions of our fellow owners. Ideas that get put into practice are showcased on the Ideas Wall in the brewery. This month's employee owner feature comes from our IT Department where Shaun Pate had a genius idea for the Ideas Program (crazy, right?!)...
Name/Title and Department: Shaun Pate, Help Desk Technician / Administration, IT
Idea: Create Wufoo forms for each department that can be used by employee-owners to submit their suggestions for the ideas program.
Benefit: Previously ideas were submitted on an excel spreadsheet which was accessed via a computer on a shared network drive. This method had several drawbacks; in order to submit an idea, you had to have access to a computer, with everyone having modified privileges to the spreadsheet, the possibility of accidental deletion (sabotage) of someone else’s idea, or the entire spreadsheet was fairly high, and in order for a department manager to be notified of the submission, the person submitting the idea had to email the manager. Using the Wufoo form makes the submission process quick, easy, and keeps those accidental deletions from happening. These forms are accessible from anywhere, by any device with an internet connection, and the department manager receives a notification when an idea is submitted. Make it accessible and it will get used!
Favorite Beer: I used to wait all summer for the fall to come so I could wrap my hand around a can of Octoberfest, but I have to say that Flannel Friday stole the show this year.