Michael, never much of a drinker due to a low tolerance, started homebrewing with sons. He brewed as a hobby that occupied his time and brought his family together. Eventually it would bring Michael into a larger community of homebrewers. Michael brewed what those around him enjoyed, focusing on the exotic brews that grabbed the attention of the beer nerds that gathered to discuss homebrewing once a month. He gained notoriety as he branched outside his local competitions and won awards nationally. Finally, he met the home brewers who would lead him to brewing as a career.
Chris graduated from The University of MissouriKansas City with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He has worked in Veterinary Medicine for almost a decade. Being a lover of craft beer and a homebrewer, he often considered opening a brewery. Having many supportive friends in the industry helped him develop a plan. When he met Michael Crane it became apparent that they enhanced each other’s efforts and that they needed to do it together. Chris has enjoyed using his business and laboratory experience in developing the brewery.
Randy is an avid craft beer enthusiast. He graduated from The University of Memphis in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology. He moved to Kansas City as the craft beer scene was just starting to rapidly expand and immediately fell in love with the bold flavors breweries across the country were bringing to the market. He met Michael Crane in 2013 through the Kansas City Bier Meisters homebrew club. Randy previously worked on Boulevard Brewing’s 750 ml bottling line and has been homebrewing for over three years. Randy is a graduate of the Siebel Institute of Technology, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Brewing Technology.
Aaron is a graduate of The University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Petroleum Engineering. With detailed knowledge of the process industry he brings a technical and practical practice to the group. Aaron is an Eagle Scout and throughout college spent numerous hours in detail oriented labs including optimization, distillation and other commonly used processes in the Chemical Industry. Aarons interest in the Craft Beer world evolved from his enjoyment of tasty beer and the fact that it was produced with the principles he was studying. He has been homebrewing for two years and is growing his knowledge in the beer world.
Jason is a partner with Marr and Company, PC, a public accounting firm in Kansas City, MO. His primary focus is tax and business advisory services and his industry experience includes manufacturing, professional services, nonprofit organizations and employee benefit plans. He passed the Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination in 2000 and has also completed the Accountant’s Ethics Examination. He graduated from The University of Kansas in Lawrence with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration.
Photography by Chris Mullins