Sales

Charlie Johantges

Charlie Johantges

Sales HOPerative
Born in Cincinnati, he developed...
Born in Cincinnati, he developed a taste for better beer early on in life. After a few years in the nightclub industry he traded shot glasses for snifters of the finest craft beer he could find while running an 80-tap craft mecca. He can now be found spreading the MadTree love on the streets of Greater Cincinnati.
Andrew Karle

Andrew Karle

Director of the “Brew”Grass
Andrew was born and raised...
Andrew was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. While earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Kentucky University, he began to explore the wide world of craft beer. After graduation, he chased this passion by bartending and traveling the country (ultimately exploring as many breweries as possible). Following his sabbatical, Andrew received his MBA from Xavier University while working for a local beer wholesaler. This led to a job with a regional brewery covering Kentucky and Southern Ohio. In January of 2016, he joined the MadTree team as the Sales Manager for Kentucky. Andrew, his wife Megan, and their English Bulldog Tank live in Northern Kentucky.
Adam Lane

Adam Lane

Master Chief Beer Officer
As with most good beery-tales,...
As with most good beery-tales, this one begins a long, long time ago with a magical gift of two plastic buckets and a cheap old pot that could turn everyday, common ingredients into an golden rainbow of intoxicating beverages. With a penchant for developing new items based on hidden consumer insights and a knack for marketing, Adam spent years working on consumer packaged goods categories for world class manufacturers, small food processors and huge retailers all while secretly brewing whenever possible. After earning the opportunity to manage the beer category at Kroger and further developing an understanding of the inner-workings of the business he left to work with one of the most respected Brewers in the world. Now Adam heads up our spirited guild of beer ambassadors hellbent on global domination.
Adam Pratt

Adam Pratt

Global Can'Bassador - Central Ohio Division

Adam Pratt grew up in...

Adam Pratt grew up in Western New York drinking Canadian pilsner and playing street hockey. After earning his Bachelor's degree in English and a penchant for good beer from Denison University, Adam and his wife Stephanie moved to Cincinnati to be near her family and find gainful employment. They settled in the community of Pleasant Ridge, and Adam followed a career path in restaurant and retail management. After several years as a Beer & Wine Buyer for a global specialty retailer, the siren's call of Central Ohio once again summoned him North. He brings with him Pleasant Ridge's finest export - MadTree Brewing cans and kegs - to share with the good citizens of Ohio. Adam, Stephanie, their daughter Harper, and their dogs Ollie & Cooper live in Columbus.

Dan Shatto

Dan Shatto

Director of Hoppyness - Greater Cincinnati Sales

Dan grew up in Sharonville...

Dan grew up in Sharonville Ohio and graduated from Princeton High School where he met his wife Samantha. While in high school Dan started his brewing career at Watson brothers brewery where he worked under Toby Hunt (now with Bluegrass Brewing Company) as his assistant brewer. During his time with Watson Brothers he went to school at Cincinnati State studying Hospitality Management. After working for Watson's, Dan went on to work for Firehouse Grill where he helped build a local beer scene in Blue Ash. During his time with Firehouse he built a relationship with MadTree which led to him joining the team in early January 2014.

Jacob Stratton

Jacob Stratton

Amish of Hops
Jacob was born and raised...
Jacob was born and raised in Middletown. After high school, he traveled and lived in Indiana, Tennessee, Montana, Oregon, Washington state, Maine, and North Carolina. In all these states he enjoyed PBR religiously along with the outdoors and his dogs. It took a move back to Ohio to find craft beer and the love of his life. He has since settled back in his hometown with his two sons Boone and Arlo, plus his dogs Nuka and Charlie. He now spends his days spreading the good word of the Tree -- Mad for life!

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Jerod Allen

Jerod Allen

#1 Most Extreme Beer Super Fan
Jerod grew up 5 minutes...
Jerod grew up 5 minutes from Kings Island in the small village of Maineville, the second youngest child to a Jr. High teacher turned assistant principal and an ICU nurse. He attended Kings High School, graduating with 3 years of digital media arts and receiving countless awards for his works of video and photography. After receiving a national silver medal for a PSA on teenage prescription pill abuse, he decided to use his talent in video to start his own wedding videography business, JAZ Productions, and attended UC studying video/audio production. While at UC he was asked to come into MadTree over the weekends to help keep the taproom clean and quickly jumped on this offer, eventually landing him the position as the taproom bar back.
Jim Conner

Jim Conner

Thirst Quencher Extraordinaire
Jim describes himself as an...
Jim describes himself as an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over his original line of corduroy evening wear. He doesn't perspire. He is a private citizen, yet he receives fan mail. Jim has been caller number nine and has won the weekend passes. Last summer he toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. He bats .400! Additionally, Jim's deft floral arrangements have earned him fame in international botany circles.
Brad Dyer

Brad Dyer

Barback

Bradley Dyer, go by Brad....

Bradley Dyer, go by Brad. 30 years old. Currently a barback and have been in the service industry as a bartender and server for the past 13 years. I keep it simple.

Dusty Huston

Dusty Huston

Taptender

Dusty was born and raised...

Dusty was born and raised in Cincinnati, Hyde Park Ave. (wrong side of the tracks). He graduated from Withrow H.S. and Cincinnati State with a degree in Applied Science/ Nursing. He has a certificate of mixology from the International bartending Institute and applied it at Habit's cafe for 22yrs! His hobbies include (but not limited to) hunting, rock climbing, mountain biking and anything that has beer at the finish line. He’s most notorious for being annoyingly early for anything, yelling "Yehaaw" when things get rough, and strolling through Oakley square "all natural"! He’s proud to be a member of the MadTree family.

Sara Hutslar

Sara Hutslar

Hop-Hostess/Malt Maverick

Sara was born and raised...

Sara was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2011 with a degree in Fine Arts: Painting. In her spare time you can find her thrifting, painting, or listening so some sweet rock n' roll tunes. Sara and her husband are slowly creating a zoo at home with their five babies: Stella, Pinup, Brian Wilson, and Snoop&Martha. Sara and staff rescued her rabbit, Brian Wilson, from the parking lot at MadTree a few years back. She brought him to her house in hopes to find him a home. Well, he stayed, and since has melted her heart like the Beach Boys melted all those California Girls' hearts throughout time. Cheers to beer and animals!

Matt Liebowitz

Matt Liebowitz

Kenny's Doppleganger

Matt's too damn busy bouncing...

Matt's too damn busy bouncing around the taproom to work on a bio. Check back later.

Michael Makin

Michael Makin

Beer Makin Machine

Michael grew up in Cincinnati...

Michael grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from Anderson High School. Having a love for good beer and good people he got involved with the 2013 Brew Review an event which featured a MadTree and 50 West collaboration the “Wheat Eater”. Through his involvement Michael was given the opportunity to join the MadTree family.

Ryan McMillan

Ryan McMillan

Master of Glassware Sanitation

Cincinnati, OH born and raised,...

Cincinnati, OH born and raised, Ryan grew up in Anderson township where he played football for Mcnicholas high school, he then went on to study at the University of Cincinnati. Ryan is an avid television binge watcher as well as an overly passionate Bengals fan. Some of his main interests are kayaking, football and Quentin Tarantino movies.

Danielle Morris

Danielle Morris

Hop Fiend & Lover of Suds

Danielle is a Cincinnati native...

Danielle is a Cincinnati native and a University of Cincinnati Fine Arts graduate. She is a lover of craft beer, post modern art, nature, 90's Volvos, cooking, mid 70's to mid 90's punk, records, cassettes, field guides and quilting. If she's not serving you up a drink, you can find her painting or doing something ridiculous.

Brian Mulroy

Brian Mulroy

Magistrate of Hop Up Dinners

Brian’s background is filled with...

Brian’s background is filled with a love of all things booze and food; early champion of the seriousness of food and beer pairings being just as viable as wine. Born in raised in Canton, Ohio, Brian has spent most of the last 28 years as a Cincinnati resident and is most often perched behind or in front of its greatest bars, from the seedy to the classy. While food and wine and liquor are all part of his passion, beer has really become his primary focus. 

Jordan Peelman

Jordan Peelman

Groundskeeper Willie

Jordan was born and raised...

Jordan was born and raised on the east side of Cincinnati, and has barely made it out of Madisonville. He graduated from THE University of Cincinnati and since then has worked in social services before becoming a probation officer in 2013. You can now find him pushing a mop around the taproom, throwing around trash cans, polishing the porcelain throne, or wrapping duct tape around something. And if he is not doing that he probably has his nose in a pint of Happy Amber.

Tiffany Ryan

Tiffany Ryan

The Mom-tender

I am originally from Oxford,...

I am originally from Oxford, Ohio and made the move to Cincinnati about 11 years ago with my better half, Kevin. When I am not slinging beers in the tap room, I use my spare time… just kidding (what's spare time?), the rest is spent cleaning up crayons and chasing my three boys.

Molly Stephens

Molly Stephens

Punky Brew-ster

Molly is a good...

Molly is a good Kentucky girl who received her Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Louisville in 2013. After a stint doing stand-up comedy, she soon grew to adore the craft beers she explored while lurking at open-mic nights. So much so, much to the delight of her loving mother, Molly realized she liked craft beer a lot more than going to law school. Passion became profession when she joined the MadTree family in the fall of 2016. When she’s not laughing too loudly behind the bar, she can be found re-creating Bowie songs for her beloved cat, Ziggy Stairdust, or playing pranks on her big brother, Derek.

Chris Stokley

Chris Stokley

The Pourmeister
Stokley was born and raised...
Stokley was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. He attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN (GO VOLS) where he studied theatre and how to not graduate in 4 years. A job change brought him back to the Queen City in 2013 and he hasn't looked back since. He began as a volunteer and for some reason MadTree just can't seem to get rid of him. He can be seen dancing and rocking out behind the bar, giving tours, or just generally being his awesome self. Come into the taproom and experience it for yourself!
Kris Yock

Kris Yock

Beer Ambassador

Kris was born in Wisconsin,...

Kris was born in Wisconsin, spent a few years in Michigan but has called Cincinnati home since 1991. After attending the Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati, he is currently studying Graphic Design at Cincinnati State. Kris has worn a variety of hats in the restaurant and bar industry until he found his true passion... craft beer. Once learning of MadTree from reviews from a tasting in the bowels of Kenny's basement, it reinforced his decision to pursue a new hat, Taproom GM.

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Ryan Blevins

Ryan Blevins

Black Beerd/Head Brewer

Ryan was born and raised...

Ryan was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio (the westside that is!). He found a passion for the automotive industry at a very young age. He went to Cincinnati State Community College to follow that passion and studied in Automotive Service Management. Ryan, not satisfied with the "normal" beer selection, found himself in search of something more diverse. Around 2008 or so he started homebrewing with a close friend and the rest is history. Now the wrench has been traded in for the mash paddle and he couldn't be happier. He is currently living in Northern Kentucky with his wife, Katie, and daughter, Edie.

Orlan Clasen

Orlan Clasen

Brew-diddly-ewer
Orlan completed his his culinary...
Orlan completed his his culinary degree at the Columbus Culinary Institute while studying nutrition science at the Ohio State University. After culinary school he got his brewing start at Brothers Drake Meadery where he worked as a brewer for five years developing brew recipes and brewing mead. After the mead world, he worked for Tesla Motors for 6 months selling electric cars. Realizing sales were not where he belonged, he took a position at MadTree Brewing Company as a brewer. Here he has found his niche, providing the highest quality libations the Midwest has to offer. He spends his spare time with his best friend Niko, a shepherd husky mix, who, if lucky, you may encounter in the MadTree Taproom.
Matt Duddey

Matt Duddey

Cannosaurus Rex
Matt was born and raised...
Matt was born and raised on the Eastside of Cincinnati but now he resides in St. Bernard with his future wife and dog. After high school he attended Wright State (wrong college) University graduating with a Bachelors in Psychology. After graduation, he enrolled at Xavier University to pursue his Masters and Licensure in Special Education. He connected with MadTree after a Facebook post from his former 6th grade teacher. Future teacher turned volunbeer, then employee, Matt can be found doing everything but brewing.
Austin Hietpas

Austin Hietpas

The Rattlesnake
Austin comes to MadTree after...
Austin comes to MadTree after spending his youth in the frozen tundra that is Wisconsin. Similar to the badger, he is short in stature and well known for his wrestling abilities. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a degree in Chemical Engineering, he made the move to Cincinnati in order to see about a girl. And as you are undoubtedly wondering, yes, he eats a lot of cheese.
Brian Jackson

Brian Jackson

Gypsy Brewer

Born and raised in Cowboy...

Born and raised in Cowboy Country (Wyoming, OH), Brian has a long-standing relationship with the Queen City. After graduating in 2009 from THE! University of Cincinnati with a BA in Psychology, he has worked towards a different path in craft brewing. It all started with a kettle and a dream. Soon after, he became a member of the Blotarian Brewing League and a BJCP recognized judge, spending most of his time immersed in the industry. Combine that with 16 years of experience between home brewing and beer distribution, Brian has found himself at home in the MadTree family. For the past year, he has been working part-time as a commercial brewer, and one day aspires to start a brewery of his own.

Caleb Justice

Caleb Justice

Canquiztador
Caleb grew up on the...
Caleb grew up on the East side of Cincinnati and is currently living the dream in the urban neighborhood of Oakley. Caleb has always had an interest and a palate for unique foods and flavors that has led to his passion and appreciation for the art and craft of brewing beer. After traveling throughout the country and enjoying beers from all over he continued to find himself grabbing whatever MadTree cans were on the shelf. Now Caleb can be found grabbing cans off the packaging line, and couldn't be happier! When Caleb isn't at the brewery he enjoys home brewing, weekend trips to see a great show, a night around town or just hanging with family and of course his love, Kelsey. 
Simon Kretchik

Simon Kretchik

Easy On The Eyes Barrel Dude

Simon, originally from Scranton, PA,...

Simon, originally from Scranton, PA, graduated from Lycoming College with a degree in Marketing in 2008. Immediately moving to Cincinnati he worked as a sales rep for an advertising specialties company for several years. During this time he began home brewing and discovering craft beers. After graduating from Xavier University with an M.B.A. he decided to pursue his passion of craft beer and search for work in the brewing industry of Cincinnati, which is how he came to MadTree and traded a cubicle for keg racks.

Ben Lause

Ben Lause

Canny McCannerson
Born in Indianapolis and raised...
Born in Indianapolis and raised in Mason, OH - Ben went to school at Centre to play baseball where he found his love of craft beer from a small place called The Beer Engine. After graduation he spent 13 months traveling the world and trying the different beer styles of each region. However, he found he greatly preferred German styles, especially the seasonals brewed at the Griesbrau. A few years after returning home fate linked him with MadTree where he is now focused on learning and absorbing as much as possible about craft beer culture. 
Kyle Moore

Kyle Moore

Brewery Engineer
Kyle is a Cincinnati native...
Kyle is a Cincinnati native that attended the University of Cincinnati and graduated in 2015 with a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering. He found his love for the craft beer industry through his wife, Katie, and her previous bartending job at Arthur's Cafe in Hyde Park. Kyle ended up meeting the co-founders of MadTree at the first draft release party there in 2013. From there, the relationship with MadTree bloomed. Kyle went from long time taproom regular to employee who is now helping engineer the future of MadTree Brewing.
Matt Rowe

Matt Rowe

Director of Brewing Operations/Brewery Utility Man

Matt is a native of...

Matt is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio who graduated from Penn State University with a major in Economics and Business Law, and is a also a graduate from the Siebel Institute of Technology. He got his start in beer soon after his college graduation when he and a friend stumbled upon their dad's old beer making equipment gathering dust in the basement, and from there a hobby quickly became an obsession. Matt prides himself on being both the loudest and most sarcastic member of the MadTree Brewing team - just try him sometime. He currently lives in Oakley with his wife, Kaity, son, Paxton, and dog, you guessed it, Brewer.

Sean Patton

Sean Patton

El Noche
Sean brews beer but doesn't...
Sean brews beer but doesn't write bios about himself. We kinda still like him anyways.
Rick Schawe

Rick Schawe

Lead Brewer/Mother of Dragons

Rick found a love for...

Rick found a love for craft beer early on at the University of Cincinnati: borne of research-paper procrastination and a skepticism that the “Champagne of Beers” is truly top-shelf, drinking fine potables became a cherished hobby of this one-time English Lit major. After graduating in 2007, Rick decided to pursue a longstanding interest in farming by relocating to a small organic market farm in central Maine where he managed a weekly farm stand in Waterville and grew most commonly-known vegetables (and some rarer ones too - - Daikon! Celeriac! Purple Viking potatoes!) Ultimately, Rick came back to his hometown for a quick stint farming in Mason, OH before delving into the tastefully messy world of brewing beer here at MadTree, where he works, drinks, cavorts and feels definitively at home. In his off time, you can find this guy either hiking with his dog Maple or playing pool at The Comet.

Garrett Schnieber

Garrett Schnieber

The Can Whisperer

Garrett is a native of...

Garrett is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and the youngest son of a Local 392 pipefitter and CPS school teacher. After graduating from Walnut Hills HS, Garrett attended the University of Cincinnati studying both engineering and art history. While doing a bit of soul searching Garrett found himself opening an art gallery with friends in Brighton, volunteering at a few non-profits such as Public Allies, and discovering the joys of home brewing; after Garrett moved to Columbus this hobby blossomed into passion through working at a new brewery. Garrett attended the Siebel Institute in the fall of 2013, moved back home in the Spring and started volunteering at MadTree. He is thrilled and proud to be a part of the MadTree family. He can usually be found watching as much footie as possible and drinking a pint of something hoppy (Sprye please).

Tom Turner

Tom Turner

Brewer

Tom developed a love for...

Tom developed a love for craft beer while studying Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University. After returning to his hometown of Cincinnati and beginning to work as an engineer, he started home brewing as a hobby with a few friends. His first visit to MadTree was in August of 2013, and he became a weekly visitor to the taproom almost immediately. After 3 years of working in the electrical distribution field, he decided to turn his passion for craft beer into a career. He couldn't say “Yes!” fast enough when he heard back from MadTree about a brewer job opening, and hasn't stopped smiling since. When he's not working or hanging out in the taproom, he's most likely on the driving range.

Zack Wanner

Zack Wanner

Beermonger

Zack grew up just up...

Zack grew up just up the hill from MadTree in Pleasant Ridge. He attended Purcell Marian HS followed by Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. Working in the service industry as a Cheesemonger, Zack began to develop a taste for more bold flavors and naturally, turned to craft beer and homebrewing. As time went on his passion for craft beer snowballed into an obsession to learn any and every beer style. A few years later, Zack discovered MadTree and knew he wanted to be a part of something amazing happening so close to his childhood neighborhood. After becoming a taproom regular, a brewer job opening came available, and Zack jumped at the opportunity. He has been learning every day since.

Dave Winchell

Dave Winchell

Canny Devito

Dave and his family moved...

Dave and his family moved to Cincinnati in 1987. He graduated from Sycamore High School and moved on to U.C. where a demon pulled him aside and convinced him that becoming a Restaurant Manager was better than finishing his college career. After managing many a restaurants and bars, trying to make a career at Improv Comedy and catering for the rock stars, he landed at the Incline Public House. His natural love for craft beer suddenly exploded. He discovered a new community of beer lovers, of beer friends and of beer itself. Dave started volunteering at MadTree and they kept hoping he would go away but his tenacity proved endearing. Now a volunteer turned employee, Dave works on the packaging line while absorbing all the information surrounding him. When he goes home he's got his girlfriend Sharon, 2 cats, a dog and a ferret all lovingly waiting for him.

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Lauren Amos

Lauren Amos

The Responsible One

Lauren was born and raised...

Lauren was born and raised in Cincinnati. After attending high school in Amelia she went to South Hampton College, a division of Long Island University, where she studied Psychology and Biology. She worked for ten years in the Non Profit Sector and was introduced to the guys at MadTree through collaborative projects. Lauren began volunteering in February of 2014, officially joining the MadTree family in September of 2014. Lauren comes from a long lineage of Domestic Light Beer drinkers, but, thankfully, her palate has had a change of heart. Once she began trying different craft beers, she never looked back. If Madmann were on tap year round you could find her living off of it. She is also obsessed with the deliciousness that is Pilgrim Pale Ale. When she isn’t working you will find her hanging out with her husband, three children and two dogs. She enjoys DIY projects and working on her house. A self-proclaimed foodie, she enjoys trying new foods and recipes.

Dusty Bowman

Dusty Bowman

Beer'ded Balded Bean Counter

Dusty was born & raised...

Dusty was born & raised in Dayton, OH where he graduated from UD with a degree in accounting (and a double-major in a certain "blue beast"). He moved to Cincinnati to start his career and quickly developed a more discerning palate. Eventually Dusty started homebrewing with some close friends and craft beer - along with everything related to brewing - rapidly became an obsession. He started bugging the guys at MadTree about a job before they had even started brewing, so perhaps it was karma when over a year later they decided to hire an accountant and Dusty was able to join the team. He is married to Karen and they have a daughter and a son.

Brady Duncan

Brady Duncan

FOUNDER/SECRETARY OF BEER DEFENSE

Brady grew up in Massillon...

Brady grew up in Massillon Ohio and graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in public relations and marketing. At UD he mostly drank cheap beer and is now atoning for his mistakes by consuming copious amounts of good beer. Passionate to discover the beautiful South (or follow his wife's career), he worked in sales for two years before going back to school for his MBA at the University of Alabama. He was recruited to P&G where he worked for 4 years in the analytics space. While in Bama he developed a passion for good beer through his buddy (and investor) Shane. After attending GABF in 2008 the passion turned into obsession and he began homebrewing shortly after. He met Jeff and Kenny in 2009 and the rest is that of folklore. He is married to Amie, with sons Crosby and Casper, and daughter Clementine.

Sarah Gast

Sarah Gast

VP of Making Things Cool

Sarah was born and raised...

Sarah was born and raised in Cincinnati (Deerfield Township, back when it was mostly cornfields) and currently resides in Pleasant Ridge. School was never her thing but she ended up going to college twice (go figure) and eventually ended up with a degree in Visual Communication Design from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. While obtaining her last degree she worked slinging produce at a global specialty retailer. When she moved from Produce onto the Marketing Team, she was introduced to the MadTree guys. A lover of all things Local, and amazing beer, Sarah’s wish of joining the MadTree family came true in December of 2014. She is wicked excited to be a part of the MadTree Family, supporting it as it grows. In her free time you can find her enjoying time with her boyfriend, family and friends (including her dog and 3 cats), enjoying the outdoors and seeing live music. A lover of animals she volunteers each week at Save the Animals Foundation taking care of the dogs.

Nicki Logsdon

Nicki Logsdon

The Beer Brandit
Nicki grew up on the...
Nicki grew up on the far Westside – over in good ole Indiana. She attended Kentucky Wesleyan College where she received her Bachelors in Graphic Design. Following graduation, she moved to Indianapolis to work for a company within the interior design industry. She got the chance to return to the Cincinnati area when she joined the MadTree family. While being relatively new to the craft beer world, Nicki is learning the lingo and figuring out her palette as she goes. So far, Shade and bourbon barrel aged beers are her jam.
Kenny McNutt

Kenny McNutt

FOUNDER/The ‘Beer’ded Baron

With a Master’s Degree in...

With a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Xavier University, Kenny McNutt brings a mix of experience dealing with technical as well as business challenges. Prior to founding MadTree, Kenny managed a team of engineers for a major defense contractor and developed processes for tracking cost and schedule for a $10M+ program. At MadTree, Kenny is known as the man with the financial plan.

Katlyn Moore

Katlyn Moore

Merchandise Manager

Katlyn was born and raised...

Katlyn was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. After going to high school in Mason, she moved to Columbus to attend the Ohio State University, where she studied Hospitality Management. Growing up in the ultimate sports family, her love of football is what really drove her to Columbus, but after her time at OSU, she couldn't deny her calling back to her hometown. After working in two different corporate management positions for the past seven years, it was time for a change of pace. She was introduced to MadTree simply by living in Oakley and becoming a fan of the beer. With her hope of working for a local company, she was able to join the MadTree family in Fall 2016. She currently resides in Over The Rhine.

Shay Nartker

Shay Nartker

Beer-Ba-Fett

Shay is a Cincinnati-ish native,...

Shay is a Cincinnati-ish native, smuggler and scoundrel. As a kid he dreamed of completing the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. That all changed when a high school art teacher introduced him to photography. From that point on he's been driven to continually refine his craft of telling stories through images. Before starting with MadTree, Shay's photography centered around lifestyle and celebrities. He's photographed musicians, mayors, models and athletes. When asked how his experience would translate to photographing beer, Shay says, "It's all about telling a good story and MadTree isn't just a story about beer. It's a story about craftsmen and artists who are passionate about creating an amazing product. That's why I love being part of the MadTree family - it's a great story to tell."

Mike Stuart

Mike Stuart

Hype Man/Toby

Mike burned his suits and...

Mike burned his suits and said peace out corporate world to pursue a passion for craft beer. A West Sider that also lived in South Florida and the Bahamas graduated from University of Cincinnati where he became familiar with terrible cheap adjunct lagers. Luckily, his San Diego-based brother began introducing him to quaint little West Coast breweries like Stone, Ballast Point, and Russian River. Craft became an obsession as he went on to create The Brew Professor beer blog that quickly became a popular source for Cincinnati beer news. His free time is spent hanging out with his amazing, beautiful wife and four kids (yes, four). And he has an awesome dog named Scooter. Scooter is the shit.

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Dan Hunt

Dan Hunt

Cantankerous, Cantrary, Canpire Builder
Dan is still growing up...
Dan is still growing up in the Greater Cincinnati Area, having been raised in Terrace Park and currently residing in the Loveland area. He has degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering earned at the University of Cincinnati, resulting in a long and fulfilling engineering career in the defense electronics industry. Along the way, he participated in the conception of MadTree in 1982. In 2011, when his son asked him for a "donation" to start MadTree, Dan was the first to contribute. He volunteered from the beginning and eventually that turned into a more than full time amazing obsession. Dan is still on the Hunt for Cherry October.
Ellen Lehman

Ellen Lehman

The First Lady of Quality Beer

Ellen grew up on the...

Ellen grew up on the (way) westside in Harrison. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor's in Biology and spent three years working in research at the University of Chicago. After realizing Cincinnati is the best city in the world, she moved back and worked in research compliance at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Her love of craft beer, and subsequently MadTree, blossomed after meeting her husband Kyle and she joined the team in October of 2015. She is thrilled to now be a part of the MadTree family and has a mission to help make the highest quality beer possible. She and Kyle have two lovable pitbulls, Auburn and Radar.


Trent Leslie

Trent Leslie

Beerologist

Trent was raised in Ashland,...

Trent was raised in Ashland, Ohio and graduated from Saint Louis University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. He then changed course, spending a few years in southeast Kansas as an oil & gas landman researching title in courthouses and negotiating contracts with landowners. In 2009, he changed course again and moved to Cincinnati to study biology at the University of Cincinnati and spend more time with Sarah, his future wife and fellow craft beer enthusiast. He married in 2012 and graduated with a master's degree in biology in 2013. Another long-time homebrewer and volunteer turned employee, Trent spends his time at MadTree managing the Quality Program with an iron fist.

Becca Ransohoff

Becca Ransohoff

Master of Chemistry
Becca is a native of...
Becca is a native of Gaslight Clifton, Cincinnati, and a proud Montessori kid. After spending four years at Earlham College, Becca returned to Cincinnati with her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and geology to work for the University of Cincinnati researching biogeochemistry (it's a real thing). She decided to follow her lifelong passion for chemistry and get a Masters degree at UC, all the while developing her skills as a beer drinker and home brewer. Becca left academia to pursue a career in the brewing industry and has found her calling as a Mad(Tree) scientist.
Trevor Self

Trevor Self

Beer Cansultant

Trevor was born and raised...

Trevor was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. During college he went on a trip with his brother to Boston where he toured the Samuel Adams brewery. In awe of the beer making process as well as how many styles of beer available, upon his return, he was eager to try more craft beer and branch out from what the rest of the college crowd was drinking. After graduating from Miami University, he returned to Cincinnati and started homebrewing with a fellow friend in his spare time. Coincidentally, MadTree had just opened so Trevor inquired about getting involved. He started volunteering whenever his schedule would allow, eventually leaving his desk job to join the MadTree community as an employee. Trevor enjoys spending time and going on adventures with his wonderful wife and handsome son.