She is co-owner of a brewery, a wife, a mother of two, volunteer, a lover of sandwiches, and a certified scuba diver. What does she not do? Meet Amanda Mollberg, wearer of many hats and the administrator/co-owner of Redwood Curtain Brewing Co. making it what you see today.
What do you do to keep the brewery functioning?
As you know, my husband, Drake, and I own RCBC and we have a pretty solid separation of production and tasting room/office duties. He brews and manages production, while I manage the rest of the company's operations with my great staff.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in the East Bay area, thirty minutes from San Francisco.
What did you do before you started Redwood Curtain Brewing Company (RCBC)?
As I settled into my twenties, I worked in the wine industry for ten years. Five years for a vineyard management company in Sonoma County doing administrative and viticulture-type work.
The following five years I was a general manager for a high end winery and vineyard in Napa County. I was the only office person, so my daily duties ranged from accounts receivables, accounts payables, grape contracts, harvest details, sales, blending and tasting wines, winery tours and tastings to driving tractor. I then started my own bookkeeping business, which allowed the freedom to help start RCBC.
How did you end up in Humboldt?
I moved to Humboldt with my husband; we fell in love with the area and decided to get settled here. It reminds me of the town we grew up in. (Yes, my husband and I grew up together!)
What is your favorite RCBC apparel?
I would have to say this one-off camo zip-up hoodie I have. It just fits really well and is super soft. But from our main inventory, I would say the gray zip-up hoodie.
What is your favorite RCBC beer?
Really depends on my mood, the meal, the setting, etc. But off the menu we currently have, I would have to say the 100 Galaxies IPA. I tend to lean to the freshest beers on tap.
If you were an RCBC beer, which one would you be?
Depends on who you ask, I guess. I’d hope an IPA might describe me - pleasant aromatics, nice solid malt foundation, with an interesting hop finish.
What is your favorite beer that is not RCBC?
Saison Dupont. This was the beer that Drake and I toasted our engagement to in a tent in the Grand Canyon.
What do you like to do when you are not working at the brewery?
Well, we are parents of two young children, so needless to say, that keeps us busy. We hike, bike, swim, kayak, garden, travel, and just relax around the homestead a lot. ( Let me tell you, I make a mean dinosaur diorama...hahaha)
Where is the most memorable place you have traveled to?
There’s a handful, but top two: a trip to Belgium/France that Drake and I took for our honeymoon - just amazing! And Micronesia - gorgeous scuba diving and really friendly people.
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
Only three?? Meet my grandchildren, learn how to make sauces, and become a better gardener, (oh-and scuba with a whale shark)
What isn’t real, but you desperately wish it was?
If you could eat one food for life, what would it be?
Sandwiches with deli sliced ham or roasted turkey, vegan mayo, avocado, havarti cheese, sliced cucumber, shredded carrot, lettuce, and dijon mustard.
What do you love most about RCBC?
The friendly, easy atmosphere and community vibe that you get when you walk in the place. It is something we really strive to keep at our business.