In this series, I am introducing you to the Slopeswell team through a bunch of questions, both personal and professional. For part two, I chatted with Mae, who you’ll find in the taproom or sometimes helping out in our chaotic production space.

Meet the Crew: Mae Goulet, Taproom Server & Production Assistant, Two-Year Crew Member, CCP

1. Let’s start with the basics, who are you and why do you work at Slopeswell?
The name is Mae and I drove across the country to pursue a career in cider making! John and the rest of the Slopeswell crew took me under their wing as and mentee and taught me 99% of what I know in cidermaking.

2. What is your favorite place to visit outside of Oregon?
Home: home will always be my favorite place to visit. I’m from Salem, New Hampshire (not the Witch Town). Salem, or Virginia Beach.

3. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I think the question should be what didn’t I want to be? I wanted to be an Obstetrician, a firefighter, a horse jockey, a fashion designer and a nurse!

4. How high can you jump?
Being tall, you think I could jump pretty high, right? Wrong, we’re talking inches because I’ll like trip over the air I’m trying to clear.

5. You love cider, right? You’d better. What’s one of your favorite ciders (and it doesn’t have to be Slopeswell)?
Being from New England, I have a big drive towards the sweeter ciders. That said, some of my favorite ciders are fruited ciders like Rekorderlig or Kopparburg out of the UK and Europe. Also a huge fan of Schilling’s Chaider and that toasted pecan cider we found in Chicago at CiderCon last year.

6. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Own or wear… that’s the proper question.

7. Tell us about a strange encounter, of any kind.
I once star-struckingly met the members of Grouplove in Virginia of which thereafter I watched a cop car turn upside down into the baracade fence at the concert venue. Same concert I could be found having drinks with Sam and Casey Harris from the X Ambassadors and being invited to another man’s yacht after-party.

8. Tell us about a favorite non-profit you like to donate to, volunteer at, or just talk about incessantly.
Make-a-Wish Foundation or any ADA non-profits are very near and dear to my heart. My sister and very best friend was granted a wish with MAW and continues daily research and advocacy for persons with different abilities; I’ve become quite fond and defensive over human rights involving the ADA.

9. Quick. You’re in a hostage situation and the captors are demanding you make them laugh. What’s your go-to joke?
“What did the DJ say to the farmer?”
“Lettuce, turnip beets!”

10. Why should people come visit you at Slopeswell?
If you want to learn about where cider comes from, how apples are grown, the history of that beloved fruit or want to dwell in angers passion on fire blight and codling moth, come find me. Let’s chat!

[Written by Slopeswell Operations Manager, Kristyn Fix]

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