Photo by: Will Stewart

One of the greatest joys in this industry is the direct impact we get to have on people’s lives. People all over the world celebrate their triumphs and soothe their losses with drinks, creating indelible memories that can be revisited every time they open a bottle or can. Perhaps one of the reasons so many of us at Flavorman have ended up doing the work we do is because a drink made a big impact on us when we were most impressionable:

Dave Dafoe

The Flavorman (CEO)

When I was a kid I would visit my grandparents and they would brew me a small cup of green tea. I would add sugar in with a small metal spoon until it was as sweet as candy. This memory is as sweet to me as the green tea itself.

Tom Gibson

Director Flavor Architect

Morning glasses of gritty Tang because it made me feel like I was an astronaut…..and could make a better flavor someday.

Mary Beth Fogle

Full Charge Bookkeeper

Yahoo out of the bottle from the old-timey pull type soda dispenser.  It cost a quarter and we only got one when we went with my Dad to the farm store.

Scott Weddle

Director Business Development

I don’t think I’ve ever told Dave this story of how he changed my life.

Roughly one million years ago in high school, I showed up at an upperclassman’s very-dark bonfire party, and I brought a multi-serve bottle of Jack Daniels Country Cocktails Wildberry Jack (5.5% ABV) with me. The dumdums there could only make out “Jack Daniels” on the label and mentioned how incredibly masculine that made me to drink whiskey straight from the bottle. I seized the opportunity. I turned the bottle up and drank all 1.75 liters in one go, then dramatically tossed it – empty – into the woods to hide my tracks.

All you could hear in that quiet moment was the sound of a dozen young women making up their minds to ditch their boyfriends.

I was a legend that night. I probably gave myself diabetes, but I was a legend.

Justin Brock

Production Specialist

Cherry Limeade Sunkist! Me and my best friend would drive 30-45 minutes to find a Walmart that carried it. Always fun road trip even if the point was just to get soda.

Cory Pierce

Senior Beverage Architect

Sun Tang all day and everyday!!

Ted Roszel

Quality Systems Manager

Barq’s…the one with bite!

Katie Clark

Beverage Architect

I grew up on a small farm.  During early summer months, we would plant tobacco on a setter in open, hot fields.  At the end of the day, my sister and I would convince my Dad to treat us to a Yoo-hoo (chocolate of course) at Price’s Grocery, corner store.

At that time, Yoo-hoo was individually sold in cute little bottles.  I still love Yoo-hoo; mostly because it reminds me of the feeling of a hard day’s work done.

Ajia Long

Office Coordinator

Root Beer floats!

My mother would make Root Beer floats each birthday that my sister and I would have. I would watch her scoop sherbet ice cream in these cute little plastic cups that you can get at the dollar store, then pour Root Beer in them. Root Beer takes me back to those days when I didn’t have anything, but my parents made me feel like I had everything.

Another memory… JONES SODA!

Every time my daddy gave me money, I would run down to the corner store on bank street in the Portland area and buy a Jones Soda. I liked all the flavors but the cream flavor was the best one. I think it’s hilarious the people who are responsible for a soda that I love as a kid, is who I work for.

Colin Blake

Director of Spirits Education

Any of the Blue Sky sodas, I used to drink those while playing Nintendo with my buds Robert and Johnny in New Mexico.

Tyler Gomez

Distillery Operations Manager

Drinking Inca Kola as kid in Peru, such a simple time!

Matt Hurst

Beverage Quality FSQMS

Kool-Aid Strawberry Kiwi mix. On family road trip vacations we used to make a gallon at a time and drink on it all day. I remember going through the flat land of Kansas while drinking a nice cool glass of Kool-Aid.

A nice goblet of Hot mulled cider. Every time I smell and taste I think back to being at a Madrigal feast during the holiday season.

Sara Bowman

Business Development

Sipping a super cold dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives at a nice restaurant (the best part of going to a steak house in my opinion).

Kevin Hall

Corporate Development

Getting my wife coffee first thing in the morning so we can have a civil conversation!

Jordan Plappert

Graphic Designer

Suicide Sodas with my brother at any place that had a classic soda fountain when we were kids. I challenge some kid out there to try it with the new Coca-Cola Freestyle fountains, drink your heart out kid.

Matt Madden

Relationship Architect

When we were children, traveling to Louisville, KY was always such a treat. We knew that awaiting us was laughter and wild games with cousins, delicious homemade bread, and those wonderful, homemade “Old Fashioneds”. We could smell the mixture of the bourbon with the secret recipe from the minute we walked in the door. It even overpowered the scent of the sourdough bread. And then the adults would let us taste them. And taste we did! Took the edge off of being 10! (Flavorman does not endorse or approve of  underage drinking.)

Written on August 7, 2018.