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 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.

Michael Lott - cellerman

What was your first craft beer 'aha' moment? I was putting together a gardening wagon for my mother-in-law and she gave me a New Belgium Fat Tire. I was like, "Whoa! This is good".

Where are you originally from? Snellville, Georgia.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? I'm here already.

If you could see any band live, which would it be? Rush.

Skiing or snowboarding? Skiing, but I want to be good at both.

What are you most afraid of?  I don't like spiders.  My worst nightmare played out in childhood. Living in Colorado, there was a bad rain storm. The cellar flooded and all of the spiders went up in into the house. I woke up in the middle of the night to a real scene of Arachnophobia.

Which of the Three Stooges would you rather hang out with? Ha! Curly.

What was your favorite Nintendo game growing up? Hell, I remember playing Missile Command on the Atari 2600 thinking I was the cat's meow!

THOMAS SIERRA - HEAD OF OPERATIONS

 

KATIE WILLIAMS - Director of Sales

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 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.          

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.

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

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.

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.              

Describe your worst nightmare: I HATE snakes.   

 

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.

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

 

ben Pilon - Packaging and MAINTENANCE manager 

What was your first craft beer 'aha' moment? When I visited a brewery and smelled all the spent hops and grain. It smelled delicious!

Where are you originally from? I was born in California, lived there until I was three, then moved to Wisconsin. I lived there until I was 21, then moved to Texas for ten years.

If you could see any band live, which would it be? Lamb of God because they are totally the greatest band ever! I really like groove metal.

Skiing or snowboarding? Snowboarding.

Surf or turf? Dude, turf. But I do love me some surf.

What are you most afraid of?  Bears, sharks. Really anything that can eat you in one bite. Worst nightmare? A bear that breaks into the house and eats me! Sounds terrible.

What Ninja Turtle would you be? Oh Leonardo for sure. He was always the awesome one. But my mom would argue I'd be Mikey because I'm a goofball. 

What was your favorite Nintendo game growing up? Zelda, Final Fantasy, or anything with puzzles to solve. 

 

Uwe Schaefer - Chief Financial Officer

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.       

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.

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.

 

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 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

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).

Describe your worst nightmare: I'm alone in a forest tormented by the fact that I'm being hunted by a velociraptor. Clever girl.