Mr. Beer Truck Delivery GuyPublished 3:30pm Monday, March 21, 2011
Hero: Travis McKinney
Secret identity: beer truck driver
Base of operations: Krieger Beverage and its distribution area
Superpowers: team player, lucky
Kryptonite: getting up in the morning
Affiliations: wife, Brooke; son, Tucker; daughter, Tayler
Origin: McKinney was born and raised in Albert Lea and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 2005. He worked for a plumbing and heating company for four years. He found out a vacancy was going to become available as a driver at Krieger Beverage. He inquired before the job was posted, applied and was hired. He has worked there for two years.
He said he enjoys customer relations and finds the most challenging part of the job is getting around in the winter — not only driving but getting carts of beer to stay balanced on snowy ground. He said beer truck drivers often arrive at bars and restaurants before the snow gets cleared.
“It’s hard to get a cart through a foot of snow,” McKinney said.
His favorite beer is Bud Light. Fortunately, Krieger is an Anheuser-Busch InBev distributor, which includes Budweiser beers and partners, with labels such as Bud Light, Michelob Golden, Rolling Rock, Redhook, Stella Artois and Bass. It also distributes the popular energy drink, Monster Energy.
McKinney said summer is the peak season for beer sales, with the Fourth of July as the biggest holiday. He said people would be surprised that the Super Bowl doesn’t make much an impact. He said bars and stores don’t order extra like they do for warm-weather holidays.