She transferred to Brevard College in 2019 and her first job in town was bartending at UpCountry. Michaela worked all through college and graduated with a BS in Health Sciences and a minor in Biology. She became the Taproom Manager for UpCountry at the same time that she went back to school to be a nursing assistant. All this while also working two nursing jobs.
When John told the Brevard team that UpCountry would be putting the Asheville Brewery up for sale, Michaela immediately stepped up and asked about plans for the Brevard location. She and John started chatting and they hit upon the perfect plan. Michaela would take over taproom operations, while John would operate UpCountry's small 3.5 bbl brew system. And Michaela has been knocking it out of the park ever since (softball reference for her of course!) Be sure to come in for a visit and say hello when you see her behind the bar.