Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Jason Oliver's surprise

Jason OliverEmbargoed until Wednesday 25 June at 5:30 PM.

Abbie Longero
Sales and Marketing Manager
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
900 F Street NW
Washington, DC

I am writing because, as I'm sure you all know, Jason Oliver will be leaving Gordon Biersch sometime in the very near future for a position in Wintergreen Mountain, VA. Jason has been an immeasurable asset to our company and we are very sad to see him go. However, we also know that this is an incredible opportunity for him and want to send him off in style, the only way that would be appropriate.

His last tapping party is for the "Summer Gold" and will be taking place on Wednesday, June 25th. Mark your calendars (or your blackberry or whatever)....

Festivities, including a costume contest and a buffet to benefit Special Olympics, will be from 5:30-7:30. Jason will tap the keg on the later end of those two hours. Per tapping party tradition, I'm sure the celebration will extend to around 10 or so.... The theme is 80s, so break out those tapered jeans and fluorescent tops!

It will be at the Gordon Biersch on 9th and F streets in downtown D.C.

We would like the news of this event to spread far and wide.... however.... we would like to keep it a surprise for Jason. He knows that we will be doing a little something for him, but I think it will
be even more memorable if we can manage to keep it a secret that all of you will be present!

My Clipper City work pulls me elsewhere tonight, but I wish Jason gratitude for the phenomenal brewing he has done in the DC area. In a milieu of extreme beer, he has continued to brew beautiful beer.

I wish him good fortune at his new The Devil's Backbone to open in late 2008. There, I won't fail to be. [UPDATE: Jason Oliver sent out a farewell email on Thursday. Go here.]

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