JOE BARBERIS - HEAD BREWER

What was your first craft beer 'aha' moment? In May of 1985 I journeyed from Kansas to Alaska to work a summer job in Denali National Park.  Shortly after arriving I walked to the local store to pick up a six-pack.  I was astonished to find prices nearly three times those I paid at home but intrigued by the wide selection of beers that I’d never dreamed existed.  Most were European or Australian imports but several offerings from a small, young brewery in Chico, CA were available in medieval-sounding flavors like stout, porter, pale ale and barleywine.  They only cost a couple of dollars more than the standard stuff so when I cashed my first paycheck I decided to splurge. As my friends and I drank those bottles, squashing mosquitoes and watching the midnight sun turn from sunset into sunrise on the mountains, I realized that I was never going to go back to regular industrial beer (or Kansas).

Where are you originally from? Kansas City/Atlanta/Baltimore

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?  At the moment that I'm writing this that would be skiing deep untracked powder through the trees in the BC backcountry.  Honestly though, I'd like to be just about everywhere in the world at least once.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? The ability to travel instantly throughout the universe.

What was your favorite Nintendo game growing up? A long time ago I briefly held the high score on a Frogger machine in Atchison, Kansas. My score did not approach George Costanza's however. 

If you could see any band live, which would it be? Jimi Hendrix, Monterrey 1967.

Skiing or snowboarding? Let's just say that if my son chooses to become a snowboarder I'll be very proud of him for making the decision to purchase his own equipment and lift-passes. 

 

ROGER FINGAR - BREWER

What was your first craft beer 'aha' moment? When I first stepped foot through the doors of Dry Dock Brewery in Colorado, when discussing their beer with their employees. They displayed such passion and excitement about their product. I was hooked.

Why did you want to be a brewer? It's my calling.

What's your favorite style of beer?  American Pale Ale. I love the aromatics of most American hop varieties, without a bunch a caramel malts getting in the way.

Where did you go to school? Currently attending the Siebel Brewing Academy.

Where are you originally from? Whitefish, been in Colorado the past few years.  

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? I'm at a brewery in Whitefish, Montana. Drinking a beer. Doesn't get much better than this.

If you could see any band live, which would it be? The Germs with Darby Crash. And One Last Truckasaurus Show.

Skiing or snowboarding? Guitar.

Blonde or brunette? Brunette with bangs...like Bettie Page.

Surf or turf? Pizza.

What Ninja Turtle would you be? Michelangelo, he's a party dude. And he likes pizza.

What was your favorite Nintendo game growing up? Goldeneye.

 

THOMAS SIERRA - HEAD OF OPERATIONS

What was your first craft beer 'aha' moment? I was out with a bunch of friends in Raleigh, North Carolina one night and we found ourselves in a craft brewery. After several… SEVERAL …samplers we all identified which our favorites were and switched over to pints. The beer was great, the company was great, and the night was great. It was a perfect first impression.      

Where are you originally from? Southern California. I grew up in the South Los Angeles area, but went to high school in Torrance, CA.      

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?  This is actually a tough question because I am where I want to be. However, I do love to travel and there is so much to the world I have yet to see. Next on my list is Rome.

If you could see any band live, which would it be? For me, it's not necessarily a particular band, but rather a particular place and time. I think it would have been awesome to walk into CBGB in the 1970's and witness any number of the great bands that came out of that place.

How did you end up in Montana? My wife and I were tired of the Los Angeles scene and wanted something new. She has family here, so we came for a visit one December and moved here six months later.          

Skiing or snowboarding? What is this snowboard thing you speak of?

Blonde or brunette? I have to choose? Ummm....Brunette of course! (looks around for wife)

Surf or turf? Being a SoCal transplant I will have to go with Surf-N-Turf.    

If you could have one super power, what would it be?  I would love to have the ability to travel through time.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?  I would love to have the ability to travel through time.

Which of the Three Stooges would you rather hang out with?  I always loved Moe's attitude. 

 

 

BRETT RADI - IDAHO AND EASTERN WASHINGTON SALES MANAGER

What was your first craft beer 'aha' moment? I would have to say Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, early 2000's.  It was much different than the local Natty Boh or Yuengling, although I will still enjoy either when given the opportunity. 

Where are you originally from? Maryland, Go O's! 

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? I love the country side of Southern France, however I would have to bring my own beer.

If you could see any band live, which would it be? It would have been pretty great to see the Nirvana MTV Unplugged concert.  

Skiing or snowboarding? Snowboarding.

Blonde or brunette? Blondes.

Surf or turf? Both.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?  My first thought was, to be able to be invisible.  My second thought was, that is kind of creepy.

What Ninja Turtle would you be? Michelangelo, who wouldn't love to wield nunchucks around without hitting themselves on the back of the head?   

What was your favorite Nintendo game growing up? Super Contra! Although, I do play a mean Galaga if you want to play Atari.

 

JESSICA LUCEY - RETAIL MARKETING & PROMOTIONS MANAGER

What was your first craft beer 'aha' moment? I was at my first college keg party visiting Boulder, Colorado fall semester of 2003. Phish was playing in the background. New Belgium's Sunshine Wheat was the keg. When that golden burst of beer hit my lips, I knew the west was doing something right.     

Where are you originally from? Marietta, Georgia yall.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? Back on the beautiful island of Vieques, Puerto Rico with 14 of my closest friends on the beach.

If you could see any band live, which would it be? The Band, November 25, 1976 at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

How did you end up in Montana? I needed the big sky and big mountains. The brewery was the first place I had a beer at when I visited Whitefish. I knew it was destiny.

Skiing or snowboarding? I shred the gnar on my board brah.

Blonde or brunette? Blondes have more fun.

Surf or turf? I could eat 20 pounds of crab legs in one sitting. But I'll take my prime rib medium rare please.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?  Shape shifting.

What Ninja Turtle would you be: No brainer - Michelangelo. He knew how to party.  

Describe your favorite beer drinking moment: The opportunity to attend the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado.

What was your favorite Nintendo game growing up? Lion King. Never did beat it.

KATIE WILLIAMS - THE DRAUGHT HOUSE MANAGER

What was your first craft beer 'aha' moment? My first craft beer 'aha' moment was when I was about twenty-two and decided to decompress at a local brewery after finals. Since then, I have found different styles of beer for different occasions and have turned it into a ritual.       

Where are you originally from?  I am from a magical little town called Seeley Lake, Montana.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? Other than Whitefish, I would like to be somewhere adventurous and exciting. Traveling is neat.

If you could see any band live, which would it be? If I could see any band live it would have to be the the Beatles. Original, I know.

How did you end up in Montana? I grew up in Western Montana and have yet to end my love affair with the beautiful state.

Skiing or snowboarding? Skiing all the way, it is a Williams' family tradition.

Blonde or brunette? I like my men just like I like my hair, brunette. I also like my men just like I like my beer, tall, dark and full of body.

Surf or turf? Why choose when you can combine the two into a delicious meal. I say surf and turf, delicious lobster on top of a juicy medium rare steak.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? My superpower would be to travel through time at the drop of a pin.              

What Ninja Turtle would you be: I am going to go with Leonardo and his dashing blue mask.  

Describe your worst nightmare: I HATE snakes.  

Uwe Schaefer - Controller

What was your first craft beer 'aha' moment? Discovering Sierra Nevada was my every day regular beer that I just pulled from the cooler without thinking, no matter what else was on sale or cheaper.       

Where are you originally from? Los Angeles

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? In my newly built little cabin in the Salish Mountains west of Kila, MT.

If you could see any band live, which would it be? The Clash or Bob Dylan circa 1975

How did you end up in Montana? Drove.

Skiing or snowboarding? Skiing.

Blonde or brunette? Either.

Surf or turf? Surf.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? China.

Which of the Three Stooges would you rather hang out with: Moe, Larry or Curly? Curly

Describe your worst nightmare: Lying in a hospital bed. I'm fully conscious and alert, but cannot communicate or interact with anyone.

Johann Niesner - Packaging and Maintenance Manager

Johann doesn't answer questions. Johann does.

MARCUS DUFFEY - GENERAL MANAGER & PARTNER

What was your first craft beer 'aha' moment? I was sitting in my dorm room with a group of buddies drinking "micro brews." As a newcomer to the Pacific Northwest, craft beer was very much a novelty and captured my attention. That night, three beers deep, I held a bottle of amber ale in my hand, took another sip, swirled it around, and from that moment forward it's been a lifelong devotion.

Where are you originally from? Midland, Texas U.S.A.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? On the beach in Italy with my entire family - beer in hand.

If you could see any band live, which would it be? The Talking Heads live at Pantages Theater, December 1983

How did you end up in Montana? I met my wife at Gonzaga University. She grew up in Whitefish, so between the an opportunity to partner at Great Northern Brewery and her roots in the Flathead Valley, the decision was easy.

Skiing or snowboarding? Snowblading

Blonde or brunette? Brunettes.

Favorite beer style? Bohemian Pilsner, or IPA, or Pale Ale, or Belgian Dubbel, or...

If you could have one super power, what would it be?  The power to fly (at any speed I desire).

What Ninja Turtle would you be: Donatello

Describe your worst nightmare: I'm alone in a forest tormented by the fact that I'm being hunted by a velociraptor. Clever girl.
Or, someone I love becomes possessed like Linda Blair in The Exorcist.        

What was your favorite Nintendo game growing up? Kung Fu. It was the best by far!