We all started as homebrewers and took a leap into something much greater. Our founder and president, Christian Spears, took an interesting path to his vocation in craft beer. He left his life in finance behind and spent time volunteering abroad in developing countries. He returned from his journey with a greater sense of purpose. Driven by his love for craft beer and with the help of some of his close friends and supporters, he founded Tennessee Brew Works.
Christian ultimately partnered with Colorado brewing veteran, Matt Simpson, who as head brewer catapulted our brewing integrity to another level. Once a homebrewer himself, Matt began brewing professionally in 1994 and has enjoyed numerous awards, including World Beer Cup and GABF medals, throughout his career. The brew team has further developed with the ingenuity and dedication of lead brewer, Andy Bohleber (who has been with the organization since the beginning), brewers Clark Brandon, Mike Conley, Chris McCormac and Patrick Demicco.
Our sales and marketing team is led by director of sales, Thomas Gingerich. Leveraging his considerable hospitality experience, Thomas has extended the brand across Tennessee and innovatively helped our smaller organization do big things. He is joined by his associates Alyssa Gayle and Tim Shields, all of whom have been developing and representing the Tennessee Brew Works brand since 2015.
The taproom is led by our general manager Eric Conte who boasts a strong hospitality background with extensive farm-to-table culinary experience and cocktail, wine and craft beer competencies. The kitchen is run by executive chef, Alex Leibow, who has curated the taproom’s celebrated craft beer-inspired food menu for many years. An industry veteran of fine-dining restaurants from Chicago to Los Angelos, he is joined in the kitchen by his talented sous chef, Rob Jordan, cook Kayla Bridwell and Jeffrey Jackson. Our private events are managed by long-time industry professional, Mara Hines. She brings substantial experience in private events ranging from corporate gatherings to wedding planning.
Tennessee Brew Works was founded with a mission to create high quality craft beer that pays homage to the land, traditions and culture of Tennessee. We brew beers with integrity using only quality, natural ingredients and source them from local farms whenever possible.