Kirk Candler Got “Canned” by Trapezium (And he’s very honored!)

by Monica Hoel
Kirk Candler has the face that launched a thousand beers.

He was recently honored by his company, Trapezium and Beale’s Brewing, by having his likeness on one of their popular beers. The double hazy IPA is called Juice Box Hero and features a sketch of Kirk looking very much like a super hero.

Kirk says the company has a tradition of honoring different members of the company by featuring them on small-run beers, and this image of Kirk was created by the owner’s tattoo artist. “It was a complete surprise to me, but it has provided a fun way to reconnect with old friends from Emory – some of whom I hadn’t talked to for years.” He says comments ranged, as they would among good friends, from congratulatory remarks to friendly insults, but he loved every encounter and enjoyed catching up.

Kirk serves as a regional sales representative for Trapezium and Beale’s beers. He spent years in the banking industry but was ready for a new opportunity. So when Trapezium’s owner, an old friend, called to ask him to be the front man for his new company, he jumped. “I told him I’d be there in 20 minutes.”

He says it’s unusual to be promoting beers from two brewers, but the two share a single owner. So Kirk says he packs a cooler in the morning like his peers pack a briefcase, and he heads out to do work he loves and promote products from a company he believes in. In addition to making good beer, the company also has a commitment to creating business space in under-served areas. Instead of opening a tasting room in Richmond, for instance, they opened in Petersburg. And now they’ve got locations in Bedford and Amherst and they’re getting ready to expand into York County.

The smile on Kirk’s face seems proof that he loves his work – and that same smile made for great Trapezium can art.

You can catch a conversation with Kirk in the WEHC archives. 

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/519-dogs-best-friend"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/4527_IMG-9834.rev.1536347287.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/4527_IMG-9834.rev.1536347287.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/4527_IMG-9834.rev.1536347287.JPG 3x"/> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/4527_IMG-9834.rev.1536347287.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/4527_IMG-9834.rev.1536347287.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/4527_IMG-9834.rev.1536347287.JPG 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/4527_IMG-9834.rev.1536347287.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/4527_IMG-9834.rev.1536347287.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/4527_IMG-9834.rev.1536347287.JPG 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/4527_IMG-9834.rev.1536347287.JPG" alt="One of the adoptable dogs found at BARK." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/4527_IMG-9834.rev.1536347287.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/4527_IMG-9834.rev.1536347287.JPG 3x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="3200" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/519-dogs-best-friend">Dog’s Best Friend</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> David “Skip” Harless shows up day after day to make sure the dogs of BARK feel loved. <a href="/live/news/519-dogs-best-friend" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2417-katie-beth-bordwine-pastor-at-law"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,49,2316,2365/11728_294151058_578583833733131_3226987127817745888_n.rev.1659541467.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,49,2316,2365/11728_294151058_578583833733131_3226987127817745888_n.rev.1659541467.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,49,2316,2365/11728_294151058_578583833733131_3226987127817745888_n.rev.1659541467.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,49,2316,2365/11728_294151058_578583833733131_3226987127817745888_n.rev.1659541467.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,49,2316,2365/11728_294151058_578583833733131_3226987127817745888_n.rev.1659541467.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,49,2316,2365/11728_294151058_578583833733131_3226987127817745888_n.rev.1659541467.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,49,2316,2365/11728_294151058_578583833733131_3226987127817745888_n.rev.1659541467.jpg" alt="Katie Beth Bordwine Emory & Henry Class of 2016" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,49,2316,2365/11728_294151058_578583833733131_3226987127817745888_n.rev.1659541467.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,49,2316,2365/11728_294151058_578583833733131_3226987127817745888_n.rev.1659541467.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2316" data-max-h="2316" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2417-katie-beth-bordwine-pastor-at-law">Katie Beth Bordwine: Pastor at Law</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Even though Katie Beth is an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina in Boone, she is spending a fair amount of time in a church pulpit these days. <a href="/live/news/2417-katie-beth-bordwine-pastor-at-law" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1856-joel-vaughan-publishes-book-about-his-hometown-of"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.jpg" alt=" Joel Vaughan Emory & Henry Class of 1983 " width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1296" data-max-h="1547" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1856-joel-vaughan-publishes-book-about-his-hometown-of">Joel Vaughan Publishes Book About His Hometown of Fries, Virginia, on the Banks of the New River</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Joel Vaughan has just published a book about a little town in Virginia that is the source of one of Southwest Virginia’s most popular jokes. Fries, Virginia, is pronounced “freeze” – but the joke is, “It’s <em>freeze</em> in the winter and <em>fries</em> in the summer.” <a href="/live/news/1856-joel-vaughan-publishes-book-about-his-hometown-of" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>