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dan

DAN RILEY

JOB:
President
EMAIL: driley@axlebrewing.com
 
YEARS IN THE BEER INDUSTRY?
5 years in beer industry and 30 years or so thinking about beer.
 
LIKES:
Great music, making people laugh, wood fires, candor, pork, magazines, Fall, cooking, long dreamy hikes & bike rides, podcasts and Jim Harrison novels.
 
DISLIKES:
Navigating  “highly-matrixed reporting structures”, corporate politics & buzzwords, bad design, a bad meal on vacation,  losing, commercial radio.
 
THE BEER THAT OPENED MY EYES?
The 180 or so imports I had the pleasure of serving in the late 80’s at the Pilsen Club in Kalamazoo, Mi & Lagunitas IPA.
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ADAM BERATTA

JOB:
Head Brewer
EMAIL: aberatta@axlebrewing.com
 
YEARS IN THE BEER INDUSTRY?
Started in November 2008 at Redwood Lodge.
 
LIKES:
Everything Outdoors, Redwings and hoppy beers.
 
DISLIKES:
Rude people and sour beer.
 
THE BEER THAT OPENED MY EYES? 
Sierra Nevada Porter.
SCOTT_WARRENS

SCOTT WARRENS

JOB:
Brand Sales Manager
EMAIL: swarrens@axlebrewing.com
 
YEARS IN THE BEER INDUSTRY?
I cut my teeth pouring Michelob Light pints for my father from his kegerator, circa 1992.
 
LIKES:
Everything about Bill Hicks, vinyl records, BEER!, hot sauce, April, travel, Cormac McCarthy, Dock Ellis, National Parks and Forests, drums, water.
 
DISLIKES:
Sour cream, myopia, people that say “I told you so”, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.
 
THE BEER THAT OPENED MY EYES?
Short’s Huma Lupa Licious.
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ROB HENRY

JOB:
Cellar Manager/Brewer
 
YEARS IN THE BEER INDUSTRY?
Started flipping kegs in ’08.
 
LIKES: Cuban sandwiches. Naps in hammocks. Rolling dice. BLT sandwiches. Clean well executed pilsners and funky brett farmhouse ales. Ruben sandwiches. Ryan Gosling. Kettle soured beer. Punk rock. All the sandwiches.
 
DISLIKES: People that don’t like sandwiches.
 
THE BEER THAT OPENED MY EYES? 
Belhaven Scottish Ale.
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RUSSELL KIRCHNER

JOB:
Director of Operations | General Manager
EMAIL: russell@axlebrewing.com
 
YEARS IN THE BEER INDUSTRY?
Slanging craft beers for 13 years.
 
LIKES:
Lori, Delaney, Rowan, Albert, and Hip Hop.
 
DISLIKES:
Insincerity, Inconsistency, and Dress Shoes… also, fake-smiling for pictures.
 
THE BEER THAT OPENED MY EYES? 
Dragonmead – Final Absolution.
Sam-web

Sam Sage

JOB:
Assistant (to the) General Manager – Like Dwight Shrute, only less personable.
EMAIL: sam@axlebrewing.com
 
YEARS IN THE BEER INDUSTRY?
Technically 1 year, but I’ve bartended since I was 19yrs old.
 
LIKES:
Everything good.
 
DISLIKES:
Everything BAD.
 
THE BEER THAT OPENED MY EYES? 
My first beer was called Meister Brau and it was $15 for a 30 pack and it was not good. But, once I learned about decent beer I remember really liking Ommegang’s Hennepin beer when I first had it. It’s a farmhouse ale and it tastes like bananas ripened in a barn — and I mean that in the best and most positive way.
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JACOB DEBOER

JOB:
Executive Chef
EMAIL: jacob@axlebrewing.com
 
YEARS IN THE BEER INDUSTRY?
1 year in the Beer Industry and 9 years in the Service Industry.
 
LIKES:
My gf Quinn, my cat Homer, Traveling, The Legend of Zelda, Pork, Music, Sleeping in, and Breakfast.
 
DISLIKES:
Pretension, Egotism, Blue tape on Clean Deli Containers, and Call-off Texts.
 
THE BEER THAT OPENED MY EYES? 
Pilsner Urquell on draft in Poland and Augustiner Helles on draft in Germany.
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ERIC ZURAWSKI

JOB:
Designer
 
YEARS IN THE BEER INDUSTRY?
Let’s see,  i remember i had my first pitcher at age 19 at Mother’s Pizza in Canada…  In a foreign land, How romantic.

LIKES:
Kung Fu Flicks, Salman Rushdie and fishing.
 
DISLIKES:
Olives, Jimmy Fallon and Thomas Pynchon.
 
THE BEER THAT OPENED MY EYES?
Double Diamond. Me and my buds drank it like water, and then it disappeared forever. Good beer is fleeting.
adam

ADAM YARBROUGH

JOB:
Web Designer
 
YEARS IN THE BEER INDUSTRY?
3.5 years in the alcohol package design industry.
 
LIKES: Good Beer, Traveling, Bicycles, Positive People
 
DISLIKES: Shitty Beer, Complacency, Flat Tires, Negative People.
 
THE BEER THAT OPENED MY EYES? 
Yuengling. A friend brought it back to Michigan, and shared some at a party while I was in college.
jill

JILL GIACOMINO

JOB:
Social Media & Marketing Maven
 
YEARS IN THE BEER INDUSTRY?
10 years in hospitality, 2 year in the craft beer biz.
 
LIKES:
Beer Bongs, My Son, Yoga, Celebrity Gossip.
 
DISLIKES:
Country Music and Negativity.
 
THE BEER THAT OPENED MY EYES?
Spotted Cow.
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LOU RILEY

JOB:
Canning Boss
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HYPE MAN

JOB:
HYPE MAN