Social Media Maven
Danika is a social media and marketing professional who focuses her work on small businesses and startups. After working with a local author to design and publish a book, and a non-profit to develop a brand and website, she comes to The Crafty Cask to amplify our engagement with drinkers, makers, clients and the whole craft alcohol community. She has spent the last three years getting to know Kansas City one brewery patio at time and enjoys time outside in the sunshine playing tennis, cornhole, or taking walks with her dog, Piper.
Virtual Tasting Host
Evan has spent 9 years bringing craft alcohol enthusiasts, like you, to wineries, distilleries, cider houses, and breweries on tours with Max Napa Tours. As a certified sommelier and cider professional, he has a deep knowledge that he is passionate about sharing in a way that is, engaging, approachable, and fun. He resides in San Francisco and enjoys travel, cooking, whitewater rafting, and live music. And yes…for those of you who are curious, Evan is also Suzanne’s partner in life, cat-parenting, and all things delicious!
Virtual Beer Tasting & Mixology Host
Jena is an award-winning bartender, cocktail educator, and Cicerone Certified Beer Server based in NY. She has been bartending and working in the craft beer world in NY for the last fifteen years with recipes appearing on menus at Manhattan restaurant/bars & in multiple publications, such as Liquor.com. She is the 2019 Nikka Perfect Serve Global Runner Up and a 2020 Cognac Connection winner.
Contributing Writer & Virtual Wine Tasting Host
Music and wine are Stefan’s passions. He is a devoted teacher serving as a professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as a Wine Educator for WSET through The Grape Experience in San Francisco. Besides teaching you can find him composing music, playing with his band and holding tastings for friends and wine lovers. “Wine is the only artwork you can drink” – Luis Fernando Oliverri.
Narasu is a full-time marketer for a major consumer products company with a deep background in writing. She has produced hundreds of stories about tech, culture, travel, and spirits (drinks not ghosts). She’s passionate about cocktails whether that’s making them at home or enjoying them out at local bars and chatting up the bartenders to learn. She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
Jenna prefers her whiskey neat and likes her mezcal like she likes her jazz – smoky and smooth. She writes and lives in fabulous San Francisco.
You’re likely to find Nadia in her laboratory, also known as her kitchen, experimenting with Gin botanicals or extolling the health benefits of wine. Nadia lives in beautiful South Africa on a kiwi farm…kiwi cocktails anyone?!
Hi, I’m Suzanne! I’m the founder of The Crafty Cask and I thought it might be nice to get to know each other a bit now that you’ve met our lean, mean, fabulous team!
By trade I’m a market researcher and storyteller. Most core to my soul, however, I’m an explorer. I live life with the sole purpose of feeding my curiosity and discovering new experiences. There’s a whole lot of history behind why that is…and if you’re interested you can read a bit more about me here but the short of it is: I am obsessed with trying something new, learning something new and sharing what I find and love with others. Which ties in rather nicely with our mission here at The Crafty Cask. Coincidence? I think not!
Having worked in California wine country and then in Corporate America marketing for over 12 years, The Crafty Cask is my way of bringing a deep passion for the people, products and stories of craft alcohol together with expertise in marketing and storytelling. Why? To help tell the world about all of the amazing craft producers and products that I discover and love!
You see, the beauty of craft is that it’s often small, artisanal, hands on. These producers are pouring their hearts and souls into that sip you’re taking! The downside of that is that sometimes those great sips can be pretty hard to hear about and find…and it can be even harder to weed through the crap to find the gold. Which sucks, because the good stuff out there is soooo good! So if I can help even a few of you out there discover new craft beer, spirits, cider, wine or any other alcohol that you love, I will be thrilled. And if, in turn, that extra support from all of you helps more great craft producers create profitable business so they can stick around for the long haul, then my vision has been achieved.
Your support, by reading and commenting and engaging with us and all of our crazy shenanigans, helps The Crafty Cask achieve that vision. I can’t begin to explain how much that means to me. So thank you for being here…and thank you for choosing craft for your tippling fun.
While we’re currently a pretty small operation we love hearing from passionate like-minded people who might have a skill set we need! Currently we’re looking for the following skills:
- More sassy, tippling freelance writers around the world with a strong female voice and POV
- A bad-ass, think-outside-the-box, roll-up your sleeves marketing expert with a deep skill set in digital marketing to help us grow and keep up with client demand
- A social media maven who has experience growing content-driven brands