I get paid to be a director of brewing

Jane Killebrew's day involves beer, a lot of it.

As the director of brewing and quality for Anheuser-Busch in North America, Killebrew ensures that every beer brewed meets the company's standards.

"We look at taste, color, process, control parameters and really our job is to monitor and ensure that each one of those is happening per our recipe," Killebrew said in an interview with CNBC's "Power Lunch."

Killebrew has been perfecting her craft for 34 years. She studied brewing at the University of California in Davis and has been with Anheuser-Busch for three decades.

"When I graduated college, there were very few women in the brewing industry back then," she said.

"I think what happens is you really get a passion for the beer, for the brewing process. And that is really a common ground with your co-workers. We have a very common goal to make the best beer possible and that's sort of an equalizing field."

Things have changed since Killebrew got her start.

"Many, many women are entering into the industry now and that's a very rewarding thing to see. We have women at every level of the company now, which is great," she added.


One of the brewing facilities at Anheuser-Busch.
Source: Anheuser-Busch
One of the brewing facilities at Anheuser-Busch.

The reaction when people find out what she does for a living gives Killebrew a chuckle.

"I become everyone's new best friend in a bar. Everyone has lots and lots of questions but it's really exciting to work in an industry where everyone can relate to it in some way. One of my favorite things to do is, people who tell me they don't like beer, I can always find a beer they like," she said.

When asked whether she can imagine doing anything else, she shook her head.

"Never … this is the only thing I've done. I studied brewing in college. I've only worked in the brewing industry and I think anything else would just be a little bit of a letdown after making beer for your whole life."