Meet Fran Caradonna, the chief executive officer of The Saint Louis Brewery, makers of Schlafly Beer. Fran has been a part of the Missouri craft beer industry for 31 years. She's currently serving her first year of a three-year term on the Guild's board of directors.
How did you get started in the craft beer industry?
Founded Signature Beer Distributors, then O'Fallon Brewery
What's your "why?" or what gets you out of bed each day?
We're living the dream, making beer for a living, let's get to it!
What was your first-ever craft beer?
Full Sail Ale
What does your job entail at the brewery?
Cheering and challenging the sharp, passionate, dedicated people of Schlafly.
What do you do with your free time?
Spend time with people who matter to me, read whatever I can get my hands on, cook and eat great food...and sing to my dog.
If you could work on a collaboration beer with any other craft brewery, who would it be?
The newest brewery in town at the moment.
What is your favorite thing about the craft beer industry?
People love what we make and let us know in the most amazing ways.
What's the best beer you've ever had?
Many, many beers have been the best I've ever had in the moment!
What's one fun fact about you?
I drove a school bus when I was in high school.
Why did you join the Missouri Craft Brewers Guild?
To share with and support other craft brewers.