My name is Wetchley Pompilus, and this is my Proof Brewing Co story. I am a Key Holder and Bartender. I have been an employee at Proof Brewing Company for over two years. Before I started working at Proof, I was a student at Florida A&M University just trying to make it day-to-day with financial aid and whatever my mother was able to give me for food and necessities. I wanted to feel more independent and wanted to stop continually asking my mother for money because she was also taking care of my little brother. A friend told me that a company named Proof Brewing Co was looking for a 21+ year old person to work the door position.
At the time, my only work history was working at Papa John’s in my hometown of West Palm Beach during the summer, and I hoped it would be enough to get me a shot at an interview. A few days after giving them my resume I received a phone call from the general manager to come in for an interview! When I arrived at Proof for the interview, I met Michael Kofman (General Manager) and Kris Link (Assistant Manager). They knew what they were looking for in a person to work the door position and asked me if I knew anything about craft beer. I told them that I knew nothing about it but was determined to become knowledgeable. They saw how eager I was and encouraged me to learn about craft beer and the work that goes into it. A little under a week I received a call from Kofman telling me that I was hired and to come in as soon as I could to start my first training shift. I was excited and relieved that I finally had a job.
When I started at Proof, I had no intentions of being promoted. I was just happy to finally have a job! After a while, the General Manager realized how hard I was working and offered me a bar-back position. I accepted and started training to become a full-time bar-back. The bar-back position helped me learn all about the beers Proof Brewing Co brews and more about craft beer in general. When the General Manager told me that I was doing a great job as a bar-back and wanted me to start training for the bartender position, I agreed to it too. To advance to a bartending position, I was required to take the what's called a Cicerone Exam to become a certified beer server. Proof requires that bartenders pass the Cicerone Exam, so they know how to accurately describe beer when they serve it to a customer. I liked the idea and studied hard to pass the exam.
During my time working at Proof, I've made great friends with my coworkers, and they have welcomed me as part of the team since my very first day. Proof has taught me a lot about craft beer and its history, as well as Proof's journey in bringing craft beer to Tallahassee. While attending Florida A&M University, Proof was able to work with me in balancing my time at school and work. I was able to take what I learned at Proof and apply it to my classes too. Proof has taught me about hard work, leadership, teamwork, morality, and dedication. Through my experience at Proof, I have learned valuable lessons that will help me achieve my future goal of becoming a physical therapist, and for that, I am thankful Proof Brewing Co.
Proof will soon be moving to the next level with our new location at 1320 South Monroe, which used to be an old Coca-Cola bottling plant. Over the past several months, we’ve been busy renovating the new location. I believe that Proof’s move to South Monroe will give the area more life and will welcome all who love and enjoy craft beer.
I thank Proof for giving an opportunity to grow with the company as well as a person. It is rare that you find a job, with no intention on being promoted, and find yourself creating a bond with the company, the staff, as well as the people in our community who enjoy the product and what it has to offer. Thank you for reading my story, and I look forward to pouring you a beer soon.