I love beer! I worked in software for almost a decade before deciding to open the brewery. I have always wanted to start a business, and the choice was clear when I decided to leave the company I was working for: if I wasn’t involved in beer, I wasn’t going to be happy. So I took the plunge, leveraging my experience in management, sales and marketing, in addition to ten years of home brewing, to open the brewery.
I was born and raised in Nashville and I hope to be here forever. After working several years in the entertainment and hospitality industry, I knew it was time for a change. I wanted to work for a local company with good people and a good product. After I started working in the Fat Bottom taproom, I knew this was the perfect place for me. I think craft beer is an experience just as much as a product. I feel honored to give people a great experience every time they walk into Fat Bottom.
My journey into craft beer started right when my career as a traveling musician was ending. It was important for me to care about the product I was going to work with, as much as I cared about the music I was writing and playing. Fat Bottom gave me a chance to work as a bartender in the taproom, and really get to know the beer and learn about the industry. I was able to take on more responsibility as the company grew, and I couldn't help but fall in love with the brand. I get excited about finding ways to get one of our beers into someone’s hands. And Nashville’s emphasis on locally made products, paired with our growing craft beer scene has provided us the perfect opportunity.
My brewing career starts in an interview for medical school. As the Dean of Admissions asked why I wanted to be a doctor, a late-night home-brewing conversation from a year before came to mind, and I realized what I really wanted to do. I cut the interview off, walked out the door, and applied to the UC Davis Masters Brewer program that night.
Brewing school allowed me to build on my bachelor's degrees in biology and food science. After completing the program, I was hired by Dogfish Head where I spent years honing my craft and absorbing knowledge about the brewing industry. During a 2013 visit to Nashville, I wandered in to Fat Bottom and fell in love with the beer, the brand, and the people that make this company so great. I asked for a job on the spot. While Fat Bottom was not ready to hire a brewer at that time, I stayed in touch, kept asking, and was finally offered the Head Brewer job in the summer of 2014. I am now lucky enough to say that I spend my days doing what I love, in a town I love, and I'm proud to deliver the best liquid possible to Tennessee beer lovers.
If there are two things I can say I love with every fiber of my being, it would be food and beer. I love being around a group of people that are as passionate about their beer as I am about my food. I have spent my entire professional life working in kitchens and eventually went to culinary school to expand my horizons. That time and experience I gained helped me develop my favorite flavors which always revolve around my Kentucky roots and fascination with latin flavors. I live by a simple motto, “the only thing that matters is that it tastes good”, and I stand by that; that is why I joined on to the Fat Bottom team because they made beer that tasted good.