Brewery

Meet the Beerworkers

Adam DeBower

Glorified Janitor

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Adam DeBower

Glorified Janitor

Hometown?

Austin, TX

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
I’m the operations manager for the plant. I manage all of the design, planning, proving, installation, and maintenance of the majority of our equipment and brewery systems. Sometimes I even make beer.

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
I would probably be doing something very similar, but in Maui.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Forged in Fire.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
I'd brew a beer for Governor Abbott because I know he likes beer and if he had one of his own perhaps he'd throw his support behind modernizing Texas' archaic and broken beer laws! It would be a clean lager, and it would smell of economic opportunity and personal liberty.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon.
Pretty much anywhere in the world as long as I'm enjoying one with a good friend. Other places include in the shower/ on a patio/ my front yard/ at the beach/ on the lake/ on a plane/ on a boat...

Drinking game you were really really bad at.
All of them, equally. However, I excel at shotgunning.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment in the brewery?
I am pleased to report that after nearly 8 years we no longer have any equipment that I hate. I love some pieces more than others, but just like children you never say which one you love the most.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of.

I have an articulated skull and spinal column beer-bong that I call "Agent Skully." That's definitely the strangest thing I've drank from.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
This is a trick question! Not today, Satan.

What rhymes with deer?
Go Texas Craft Beer!

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Will Golden

Dance Troop Leader, Life Coach

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Will Golden

Dance Troop Leader, Life Coach

Hometown?
The parts unknown or Frederick, MD.

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
Head brewer, dance troop leader, life coach.

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Wrestling gators.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
Rip Torn, a doppelweissenpilsimperialblackipa.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon.
Church

Drinking game you were really really bad at.
None I crush all opposition and bathe in the blood of my foes! Not really – pretty bad at asshole.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment in the brewery?
Broken shit.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of.
Not what I have drank from but filled. A prosthetic leg with a Chuck Taylor On the end of it.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
The Missile Dropkick, it is gentle and generous lover.

What rhymes with deer?
Dick punch

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Michael Graham

Keeps 'em Happy

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Michael Graham

Keeps 'em Happy

Hometown?
Austin, TX

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
Try my best to keep our accounts and customers happy.

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Paying to drink other people’s beer.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Anything but ‘Intervention’.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
Homer Simpson. ‘4 Finger Pils’.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon.
Over the corpse of my dueling opponent.

Drinking game you were really really bad at.
Bad meaning bad, or bad meaning good?

What is your least favorite piece of equipment in the brewery?
Adam’s digestive system.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of.
My umbilical cord. Just kidding. My mother is a saint.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
We didn’t name it ‘Black Thunder’ because it was a slouch in bed.

What rhymes with deer?
Bold and clean consistently exceptional locally canned craft beer.

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Mike McGovern

Signs Your Check

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Mike McGovern

Signs Your Check

Hometown?
New York City (Queens)

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
The most important jobs of course, the ones that are handled from behind a desk. Distribution, pay bills, and most importantly of all I keep the beer workers happy (payroll)

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
The same thing I was doing before ABW, international playboy on a tight budget.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Smokey and the Bandit. Of course we would have to change Texarkana to Austin and Coors Original to ABW.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
Jay Chandrasekhar. I’m pretty sure a good amount of beer was consumed during the writing and making of Super Troopers and Beer Fest. I would be honored if ABW could help lube the wheels of inspiration. With that said the beer would be either Missile Drop Kick or Flying head butt(both are 9.8% ABV). Might as well lube the crap out of those wheels.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon.
On my computer searching discount travel websites. I did say I was on a budget.

Drinking game you were really really bad at.
The question does not apply. I’ve never been bad at anything.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment in the brewery?
The ink jet printer. Damn you low ink warning.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of.
A rugby boot (cleats for you non-rugby types)

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
Sputnik. Its bold, dark and delicious. And when you think you’ve had enough and just want to go to sleep the coffee kicks in and you’re back in for another round.

What rhymes with deer?
Meers burger (Meers, OK)

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Chance Patrick

Head Brewer

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Chance Patrick

Head Brewer

Hometown?
I grew up on the corner of squalor and bedlam here in Austin, Tx.

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
That’s a great question…

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
International correspondent for Al Jazeera America or cobbling shoes.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
87’ season of Alf (the first TV series to be presented in surround sound).

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
Smokey the Bear, and it would be a pine cone porter.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
In my hand. In Texas.

Drinking game you were really bad at?
Facebook, High School.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment at the brewery?
Colin’s music player.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?
I’ll just say at my end it was a hose.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
Indubitably Black Thunder.

What rhymes with deer?
Belvedere, outer ear, and planetary gear.

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Ross Reynolds

Pirate

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Ross Reynolds

Pirate

Hometown?
1980 Airstream

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
Play horrible hip-hop on the stereo.

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Playing horrible hip-hop in the 1980 Airstream.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Doomsday Preppers.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
Alex Jones. American Government Transparency Ale.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
Wouldn’t you like to know.

Drinking game you were really bad at?
Staying sober.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment at the brewery?
Time Clock.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?
I plead the 5th.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
Whatever’s free.

What rhymes with deer?
Everclear shots.

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Nick Pratt

Off-Premise Account Manager

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Nick Pratt

Off-Premise Account Manager

Hometown?
The Shire

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
HEB Fluffer

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Touring with Phish

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Fraggle Rock

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
George R. R. Martin, The Wiener that Ales U

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
Hogwarts

Drinking game you were really bad at?
Life

What is your least favorite piece of equipment at the brewery?
The toilet because it destroys what I create

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?
A human skull

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
Einhorn because Unicorns are always horny.

What rhymes with deer?
My beard, my giant man mane of a full robust beard.

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Jason Rogers

Distribution Manager

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Jason Rogers

Distribution Manager

Hometown?
Dillon, Texas.

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
Lately, mostly workin’ on healing this hole in my leg.

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Living in a van, down by the river.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Mad Men.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
Burt Reynolds - Rauchbier.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
Wherever I am at noon.

Drinking game you were really bad at?
Drinking…games? Drinking isn’t a game. It’s a way of life.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment at the brewery?
The El Camino.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?
An actual boot.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
Definitely Soul Glo.

What rhymes with deer?
bandoleer, cheer, sear, rear, bio-engineer, tear, fear, mere, leer, volunteer, brigadier, sincere, unclear, severe, premier, cohere, adhere, cashier, frontier, mutineer, electioneer, conventioneer, engineer, imagineerTM, appear, profiteer, gondolier, cavalier, commandeer, clear, interfere, sphere, steer, sneer, smear… Ok, I’m bored and mostly out of inoffensive rhymes.

Love, Jason.

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Mel Strand

Cellar Manager

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Mel Strand

Cellar Manager

Hometown?
Austin, TX

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
Kick ass. I also package the beer you drink.

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Still kicking ass. But at an oil and gas data software startup.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Nothing says “class” like Jersey Shore.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
Sir Ian McKellen – English Stout

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
Tubing on the Guadalupe. Or in my shower. Either way, a water sport is involved.

Drinking game you were really really bad at?
Any that require the smallest amount of motor skills.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment in the brewery?
Fillus.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?
A trumpet.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
Black Thunder, am I right ladies?

What rhymes with deer?
BEER!

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Ken DeBower

IT Manager


Kelly Link

Office / HR Manager

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Kelly Link

Office / HR Manager

Hometown?
Right in the middle.

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
Tell people ‘No’.

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Tell people ‘Yes’.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Nothing filmed in Austin. The production quality is terrible!

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
Van Morrison – Irish Stout.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
A ‘bank run’.

Drinking game you were really bad at?
Not getting pregnant.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment at the brewery?
The rat trap under my desk.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?
Banana hammock.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
That Van Morrison one, once we make it.

What rhymes with deer?
No.

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Jody Vance

Packaging Manager

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Jody Vance

Packaging Manager

Hometown?
Texas. The good part. You know the one.

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
Who’s asking?

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Paying a lot more for beer.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Nothing with Chris Hanson

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
Rough Rider IPA for Teddy Roosevelt.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
In a saloon. Are we not rhyming yet?

Drinking game you were really bad at?
Russian Roulette.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment at the brewery?
Specifically? The arm that pushes cans into the seamer… And everything its connected to.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?
Probably a cowboy boot. Actually, a trombone. There’s nothing strange about drinking from a boot. Unless you’re from California. Or Chile.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
Fire Eagle. Might need to wear protection, by which I mean a flame retardant parachute.

What rhymes with deer?
That’s my beer! Better steer clear, ya hear?

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Kai Matthews

Draft Quality Manager

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Kai Matthews

Draft Quality Manager

Hometown?
Home is where the family is.

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
Instigate merchandise policies.

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Attending a family reunion.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Family Matters.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
My cousin, Dave Matthews – It’d be a nonalcoholic beer called ‘Don’t Crash Into Me’.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
Home (which is where the family is).

Drinking game you were really bad at?
Edward 40 hands.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment at the brewery?
The employee bio page.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?
Family urn.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
The entire family.

What rhymes with deer?
Screeeeeeer!

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Jamie Currivan

Merchandise / Events Manager

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Jamie Currivan

Merchandise / Events Manager

Hometown?
Candyland

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
Merch, fight off evil beer fairies, head of selfie dept.

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Unicorn breeder.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Sailor Moon.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
Paul Hogan – That’s a Knife Croc Bock

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
Atop my faithful steed.

Drinking game you were really bad at?
Hopscotch.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment at the brewery?
The toilet.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?
8” leather platform boots.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
Mr Sparkle.

What rhymes with deer?
Tears for Beers.


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Erick Sanchez

On-Premise Account Manager

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Erick Sanchez

On-Premise Account Manager

Hometown?
Spurbury, Vermont

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
I gotta bust criminals! It’s what I gotta do!

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
16 and Pregnant.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
Person: Chad Kroeger of Nickeback. Beer: Bud Light.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
Shenanigans.

Drinking game you were really bad at?
That one with Viagra and sweatpants.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment at the brewery?
The van I drive.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?
A brassiere.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
I don’t want a beer, I want a GD liter o’ cola!

What rhymes with deer?
I’m not even gonna dignify myself with a response to that.

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Joe Pratt

Distribution

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Joe Pratt

Distribution

Hometown?
Austin, Texas

What do you happen to do at Austin Beerworks?
I happen to be the tallest person at Austin Beerworks.

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
I’d be the tallest person at another job.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Friends.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
I’d make a beer for George McFly. It would be similar to our Kolsch and Lorraine would melt in his arms.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
School.

Drinking game you were really bad at?
The Limbo.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment in the brewery?
Pretty much any of our countersink flanges. I’ve been convinced that we’ve been experiencing hydraulic torque leak on at least 3 of these. Our Dorry flanges have been suspect as well. But I guess that makes sense. We’ve been pushing our equipment past 7,000 RQMs pretty regularly. Takes a lot of skill to ensure this stuff works well and that the beer tastes good.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?
My own mouth.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
Peacemaker.

What rhymes with deer?
Haha, smear!

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Sarah Shultz

Taproom Manager

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Sarah Shultz

Taproom Manager

Hometown?
Can’t I just be accepted as a Texan yet?

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
Pour beer & give tours.

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Medical school, damnit.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
When one of you can rig me some tv cable, I’ll let you know.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
I would feed my rauchbier to Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein. He would call me Vampira. Then the Misfits would get back together.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
The only probable answer: bed.

Drinking game you were really bad at?
Changing light bulbs.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment at the brewery?
The air conditioning. I think maybe we should have that looked at.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?
My cousin used to drink beer out of a big, dead pufferfish as a party trick. Me? Maybe inappropriate glassware for the style at hand.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
Half Joe Pêche and half Gold Fist.

What rhymes with deer?
BEER!!

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Scott Helmcamp

Taproom

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Scott Helmcamp

Taproom

Hometown?
Austin, TX.

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
Beerslinger, stunt-double for Will Golden.

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Hunting, camping, and fishing.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
BBQ Pitmasters.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
I’d brew a Munich Helles for Nikola Tesla.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
In a tube, on the river.

Drinking game you were really bad at?
Quarters. I keep wanting to pocket the game pieces.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment at the brewery?
The samoflange. What the heck is a samoflange, anyway?

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?
A hollowed-out ox horn. Or maybe it was a cow’s horn. Some kind of large mammal horn, at any rate.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
Sputnik, ‘cause I like em stout!

What rhymes with deer?
Tears for Fears.

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Justin "Fletch" Fletcherson

On-Premise Account Manager

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Justin "Fletch" Fletcherson

On-Premise Account Manager

Hometown?
Gingerville

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
Fix a lot of things, break a few things, it’s really all the same.

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Still drinking beer, but I’d probably also be famous.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Popeye.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what
would the beer be?

Wreck it Ralph. I’d make a bitter IPA and call it the Cold Room Cold One.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
Wherever I happen to be at the time.

Drinking game you were really, really bad at?
Drinking’s not a game it’s a way of life.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment in the brewery?
Our canning line and spiteful mistress, Fillus. Some days there’s no pleasing her.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of.
A deviated septum.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
I only have eyes for Fire Eagle.

What rhymes with deer?
Deer.

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Aaron Grella

Draft Quality Manager

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Aaron Grella

Draft Quality Manager

Hometown?
The 512.

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
I’m still not sure.

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Slowly dying in the back of a grocery store.

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Yo Gabba Gabba.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what
would the beer be?

Pat Green-Box Wine

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
Playground

Drinking game you were really really bad at?
7 Minutes in heaven.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment in the brewery?
Canning Line – it makes me work.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?
Pokemon Skull

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
Gold Fist- I love getting fisted.

What rhymes with deer?
Ow, I hurt my back.

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Ben Schenkel

Taproom

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Ben Schenkel

Taproom

Hometown?
Odessa, Texas 8-(

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?
DANCE PARTY DJ that sometimes pours beers.

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
Patiently biding my time.....waiting....watching...

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?
Dog the Bounty Hunter. The episode where Colin gets repeatedly tasered in the spine for playing Katy Perry.

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?
Steven Seagal, 'Star-Spangle-Hammered' Triple-American-Imperial-Fuck-Yeah-IPA.

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?
Backseat of your mom's car.

Drinking game you were really really bad at.
Since losing means that you get to drink, I was bad at all of them...or good at all of them, however you want to look at it.

What is your least favorite piece of equipment in the brewery?
Ross's hat collection.

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of.
Ross's hat collection.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?
Belgian IPA. I'd make her yell at me in Dutch. Rawr.

What rhymes with deer?
William Shatneer

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Owen Grella

Packaging

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Owen Grella

Packaging

Hometown?

The armpit of Wyoming

What do you do at Austin Beerworks?

Jerk the packs

If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?

I would still be a professional band groupie

What TV show would you like to see ABW make a cameo in?

The World's Strongest(Swollest) Man Competition

If you could brew a beer for a famous person, who would it be and what would the beer be?

John Mayer - a bro-ley wine I mean barley wine

Favorite place to have a beer at noon?

On the disc golf course

Drinking game you were really really bad at?

That's a good one - a real knee slapper

What is your least favorite piece of equipment in the brewery?

The keg washer

Strangest thing you’ve drank beer out of?

A disc golf disc ...and a disc golf bag and a disc golf basket. Don't think that last one is possible - well it is.

Which ABW beer would you most like to make love to?

Peacemaker because I'm a lover not a fighter

What rhymes with deer?

Bro-eer

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Raven Hardcastle

Taproom


Brian Wessels

Taproom Manager


Aaron Fanthorpe

Taproom


Derek Starkey

Production


Daniel Brown

QA/QC


Nathan Lewis

Lab Manager


Clinton Mack

Production


Jon Menegay

Taproom Manager


Drew McCarron

Taproom


Glen Cupples

Production


Angel Reyna

Production


Dave Wainright

On-Premise Account Manager


Michael Bush

Production


Mike Brewer

Taproom


Derek Hodges

Production


Kristyn Goff

Taproom


Jared Davee

Distribution


Tyler Hood

Production


Mary Brown

Account Manager


Daniel Davis

Packaging


Evan Doyle

Bookkeeper


Efrem Frias

Distribution


Morgan Wright

Office Manager


Wes Davis

Distribution


Gio Bonilla

Distribution


Kelly Beener

Can-tina Head Chef


Wes Knutson

Can-tina Sous Chef


Garret Graham

Packaging


Sluggo

Can-tina


Jake Lyons

Wood Cellar Manager