Gil joined the crew as head brewer in July 2016. His passion for craft beer goes back many years, and he followed that passion to brew school with the American Brewer's Association in Vermont in 2012. Soon thereafter, Gil packed up his bags from his home state of Michigan and moved to Nebraska to produce beer at Blue Blood Brewing Company in Lincoln. Maybe it was his Big 10 roots the led him to the Cornhusker State (Nebraska joined the B10 in 2011), or maybe it was just the opportunity to brew craft beer. After 3 years away from the water, Gil took advantage of his opportunity to take on a new challenge in Fairhope. Keep an eye on the barrel-aged beers to come, as one of Gil's former brews (barrel-aged Belgian farmhouse) won a Silver Medal at the World Beer Championship. Gil is married to Molly, and they are the proud parents of two rescue dogs.
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Our managing partner discovered his love for craft beer while living in Alaska for 6 years with his wife Michele. Looking for an adventure after law school down south, Brian and Michele moved to Juneau to work for the state government - only to learn that Alaska Brewing Company was a mere 10-minute drive away. After hitting up breweries all over Alaska and across the US, Brian had (unknowingly) been gathering research to put together a fantastic brewery down in Fairhope. Once he rounded up a guy making great beer and a few other beer lovers, The Fairhope Brewing Company was born. Brian has two children, Mary McCarthy and William, who know way more about the inner-workinging of a brewery than any little kid should!
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Our managing partner grew in New Jersey and got his degree from Villanova University before heading to law school in Alabama. It wasn't until Jim got to Tuscaloosa that he learned there was more to beer than the light lagers he had reluctantly drank through college.
After graduating law school, passing the bar exam, and a few years of doing the legal thing, Jim was ready to move on to something a little more rewarding. Operating a brewery was the perfect opportunity.
You can find Jim behind the bar hosting our Live Trivia just about every Wednesday night.
Jim is married to Cindy, whom he met while working for a judge in Macon, Georgia, and they welcomed their son Hank to the world in July of 2014. They all live happily on Fish River with Flipper the Dog and Herschel, the other dog.
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Tom is a former IT professional, stay at home dad, and the list could go on for a while. Tom joined the brewery officially in August of 2014 after working 3 years active duty in the Coast Guard where he still serves in the reserves. Tom was introduced to craft beer when he worked the door at the Brewery on the soft opening. When the opportunity to work with an old friend and high school classmate (Brian) came up, he saw the chance to explore a new career that could prove to be very promising. Tom is married to Leslie and has two daughters, Emily and Mia. When he is not setting up shipping or taking inventories, Tom can be found waytching his daughters compete in horse shows and out on the soccer fields.
Marissa and the brewery go way back... she used to work for an agency named VMR that was the first PR Firm used by Brian and Jim to help with the soft opening of the taproom in 2013. In 2017, Marissa joined the team as a part time (now close to full time!) marketing director. In addition to her main job of keeping Brian and Jim on task, Marissa helps plan events, promote events, and weighs in on a variety of topics related to the image of the brewery. She is married to Joe and has two boys - Dimmick and Jack. She is yet another member of the Roll Tide club at the brewery, and she and her family live just down the road in Montrose.
While Alysabeth is no longer our full time bartender, you may see her around from time to time. She is about to be hammering Physician Assistant school for the next few years, so give her a high five if you see her around. And yes, she was a fantastic brewery employee!
Dillon came aboard in February of 2017, transitioning from a role in the distributor world into that of the manufacturer. He previously worked for Bud-Busch Distributing as a special events manager and draft tech. Prior to that, Dillon served our country as a “weatherman” in the United States Navy from 2007-2011. All these skills have greatly contributed to his efforts at the brewery in things like installing a revamped draft system and telling us to rent a tent for an upcoming event thanks to the low pressure system coming over from the west. Dillon grew up in the Robertsdale area and is now married with two sweet daughters. If you see Dillon around the taproom, be sure to ask him about the brewery travels of his mom and stepdad!
Darius has been a Mobile/Daphne guy all his life. In addition to his love for pint glasses, Darius has always had special places in his heart for disc golf and logo pint glasses. He previously worked at Mobile Infirmary as a supply technician before joining the FBC team as a packaging pro in September of 2015. While he takes on any job needed on the packaging side of the brewery, his business card actually gives him the title of "Hype Man." Swing by the taproom on any Friday, and it will most likely be Darius giving you a fist bump and pouring you a beer.
Our assistant brewer, Alex, is a former patron turned employee (you gotta love the brewery to work at the brewery!) The eastern shore native from Daphne fell in love with craft beer while studying at Auburn University. Returning home from school, learning far more about beer than anything in class, he was thrilled hearing of a brewery opening just down the road. After years of frequenting the tap room, he officially joined the crew in 2015. Alex is married to his lovely wife Sam, and they had a son named Parker in December of 2019 (and they still have two furry children, Gatlin and River).
Now our resident "Old Man," John comes to us with almost 30 years experience in the beer business. He has served the beer industry on both the distributor and craft brewery sides of the business. John has lived here in Fairhope for almost 30 years and claims he is "all Fairhope by marriage" since his wife is 3rd generation Fairhope. When you find that new seasonal on the shelf or are excited to find one of our core beers at your corner store, it was likely John pulling the strings behind the scenes to make that happen!
Our brewery's "official" legal counsel started drinking craft beer at the Chimes while in law school in Baton Rouge. (though her heart reminds with her undergraduate school, THE University of Alabama). Her passion for craft beer and IPAs was solidified in Alaska where she and Brian moved to postpone growing up. After moving back to the lower 48, Michele decided growing up was overrated, and convinced Brian to open a brewery. In addition to working as a full time corporate attorney, she also reviews the brewery's contracts and assists with public relations and special events.
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Though born in Iowa and raised in California, Brandon made the wise decision to attend college in Fort Collins, Colorado, where, in the early days of New Belguim Brewing's rise, he fell in love with craft beer. His post-college career in professional theater didn't leave much room for a beer budget, but it did introduce him to his wife Sarah and give him an excuse for visiting the country's breweries under the guise of working for a touring theater company. Eventually, Brandon and Sarah married and moved first to the craft-beer-happy town of Durham, North Carolina and then to the craft-beer-rich region of Southern California. In 2014, Brandon, Sarah, and their then-infant son finally found their way to Fairhope, AL, and nearly immediately to Fairhope Brewing Company. After first making himself a regular, Brandon began making the brewery new tasting paddles, bottle openers, and tap handles. These days, he makes beer.
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James was our local sales rep until recently an offer came to him that he could not refuse. So we wished James well on his way on the sales side, but he still bartends for us every so often As you might guess, James is a proud graduate of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School - though the football teams he played on were not quite as successful as the 2015 team. He has been associated with the brewery since the beginning, even so far as the first $5 beer at the brewery was bought by James (that $5 still hangs on the wall by the taps).
Our Partner and Distribution Coordinator for central and north Alabama fell in love with craft beer as one of the first members of the Alabama craft beer advocacy group Free the Hops. As an officer in Free the Hops, Gabe was Vice President when the ABV increase was signed into law and President for four years during which the bottle size increase and brewery taproom reform were signed into law as well. Gabe and his wife, Julie, have a daughter named Cecilia who shares a birthday with the brewery (though they consider their rescue dog, Doji, to be their first child). Gabe is a graduate of Auburn University and lives in Birmingham, AL so if you are in the taproom when he is pouring beer, consider yourself lucky. The best place to find him though is sitting at the bar in one of Birmingham's many craft beer friendly haunts. He'll probably buy you a Fairhope beer if you do.
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The newest member of our team, Austen was born and raised in northeast Ohio, outside of Cleveland. He has made his way around the USA with stops in Vegas for Americorps as a hiking trail builder, San Diego (a craft beer mecca), and then back to Ohio where his mom had gotten sick (she's good now though). Austen went back to school and worked at Kent State where he met his girlfriend, Helen - a Fairhope native. Upon graduation last May, Helen persuaded Austen to make another move, this time down to Fairhope. And after all that, he finds himself on the production side at the brewery helping get some great beer out the door (an on occasion, helping out behind the bar in the taproom).