Women Of INDYfluence
Eilise Lane | Scarlet Lane Brewing
T H E B A C K S T O R Y
Eilise Lane is a Greencastle, Indiana native having split her time between Putnam County and Los Angeles, CA as a child. She permanently moved to Indiana again when she was 12 years old and went on to graduate from Butler University with a degree in marketing. Eilise continued to live in Indiana working for a corporate insurer until relocating to Oregon in 2007.
Her brewing career started in Oregon after spending several years homebrewing and traveling the state to visit local and regional breweries. She married her current husband in 2007 who helped support her brewing “bug” with equipment and by attending the American Brewers Guild education program for fermentation sciences once the decision was made to leave the corporate world and go full-on brewing!
Eilise worked alongside Fort George Brewing in Astoria, Oregon and Ninkasi Brewing in Eugene, Oregon before starting her own production brewery in 2014. Scarlet Lane Brewing Company raised funding from a primary pool of female investors and officially started brewing in Mid-2014 with the launch of the Dorian Coconut Stout. Her coconut stout was made in homage to the brewer and beer that started her path to becoming a female head brewer and creating one of Indiana’s first female owned and brewed production breweries.
We asked Eilise some questions about herself, her inspiration and about things we all think about.
W H A T D I D Y O U W A N T T O B E W H E N Y O U G R E W U P ?
"I wanted to be a powerful, smart and strong woman at the head of my field. I felt empowered by my family and the books I read to accomplish nearly anything. The image in my mind evolved steadily over the years. An attorney, possibly a judge. An executive running a multinational corporation. Now, a female business owner and brewer."
H O W D O Y O U B L O W O F F S T E A M ?
"I clean, play with my dogs or grab a beer. Cleaning gives me an immediate sense of accomplishment. Then there are times where you need a time of peace and love of a big wet nose."
W H A T H A S M A D E Y O U R B U S I N E S S
S U C C E S S F U L?
"I asked a lot of questions. At the beginning I would ask anyone involved in the brewing business for thoughts on how to be successful in any aspect of the job. I then started asking to work (sometimes for free) including shifts scrubbing floors. I started reading every book I could get my hands on. Next for me was going back to school for fermentation sciences. I now see one of the most important things I have done throughout this process is create a network of mentors and friends that poses knowledge and strength that I can always rely upon."
S O , A D V I C E ?
"Learn everything you can. Create an excellent network. Ask for help.
Do what you love and be who you are. It can take time to do both of those, but that is the best time investment I have made."
"Do what you love and be who you are."
A N Y T I P S O N D E A L I N G W I T H W O R K P L A C E R E L A T I O N S H I P S ?
"In a previous career, I saw employees as numbers not people. At Scarlet Lane we strive to know the people who are in this with us. This helps in communication, understanding strengths and ultimately having the right people in the right position."
S O W H A T I F W E W A N T T O C O M E W O R K F O R Y O U ,
W H A T' S A G O O D I N T E R V I E W T I P Y O U C A N S H A R E ?
"Do not be afraid to show your true personality. I am often looking to hire a team member, not just a line on a resume."