Christian DeBenedetti: FOUNDER & HEAD BREWER, HANDYMAN
Christian was raised on Springbrook Farm, the home of Wolves & People. After his first (awful) home brew encouraged a string of halfway drinkable ones, he started dreaming about building this brewery during his freshman year. After a year researching ancient brewing techniques in Europe & West Africa in 1996-7 on a crazy grant program he worked in wineries, breweries, a barrel cooperage, and later as a travel and beer writer based in New York City for nine years, publishing a lot of articles (mostly on beer) in the NYT, Food+Wine, GQ, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He's a co-inventor of a stainless steel beer growler (The Bräuler), cofounder and Editorial Director of Weekly Pint (a beer newsletter), coauthor of a cookbook, BEER BITES (Chronicle Books, 2015), and author of THE GREAT AMERICAN ALE TRAIL (Running Press, 2016).
WEIRDEST/BEST ACTUAL PREVIOUS JOBS: blogger for Usher, the R&B singer; Winter Olympics snowboarding reporter
Zach Farrington: TASTING ROOM, SALES, & PRODUCTION
Alaska-native and all-around beer expert Zach started as a volunteer at the brewery even before it opened, quickly raising the bar on everyone's musical tastes, British soccer lore, and general fashion sense. He's in charge of our tasting room & beer garden, sales in the Willamette Valley, and packaging.
WEIRDEST/BEST ACTUAL PREVIOUS JOBS: to be continued...
Lila Martin: DETAILS, DETAILS
A major lover of all things culinary, Lila was born and raised on a papaya farm on Kauai and worked as National PR Manager for Travel Portland for six years, with wine training and a big stack of cookbooks, generally living life deliciously. Today she runs her own boutique p.r. firm (Talk Story PR) and loves to hike, crank up Sam Cooke, and dance.
WEIRDEST/BEST ACTUAL PREVIOUS JOBS: tour assistant for 70s yacht rock legends Steely Dan; body double, "Jurassic Park"
John Kresge: RACONTEUR/MUSHER
Dan Shelton: EMINENCE GRISE