Director of the “Brew”Grass
Master Chief Beer Officer
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.
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.
Amish of Hops
#1 Most Extreme Beer Super Fan
Beer + Gear Enthusiast
Originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Matt...
Originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Matt moved to Cincinnati for school three years ago and has fallen in love with the city ever since. Matt is currently a student at the University of Cincinnati. Outside of classes, he’ll be hanging around the taproom hooking you up with the best gear in the Midwest. And when he’s not he can usually be found with spending time friends, giving time to love the city or planning his next trip to see the world.
Bartender With Two First Names
Born and raised on the...
Born and raised on the west side of Cincinnati in Delhi. Adam has been in the bar industry since 2007, working at bars downtown and in Mt Adams. Interests include any outdoor activity, 90's European automobiles, satisfying his unhealthy NBA obsession, and long walks on the beach.
Thirst Quencher Extraordinaire
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 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 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's too damn busy bouncing...
Matt's too damn busy bouncing around the taproom to work on a bio. Check back later.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Garrett's Best Friend
Joe was born and raised...
Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. After stints in Indiana and Georgia, he and his partner returned home to be closer to family. When not working the taproom, you can find him out exploring the nooks and crannies of Cincinnati, in the studio working on art, or posted on the couch playing the latest Souls game.
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.
Proficient At Everything, Master Of Nothing
Brent, a native of the...
Brent, a native of the Cincinnati area, knows his way around a bar. Prior to joining MadTree, he worked at other high-volume, iconic bars, such as The Famous Neons Unplugged and Jillian’s. When he’s not hustling at MadTree, you can find him installing, selling and hauling around huge antique furniture at his other job at Wooden Nickel Antiques, where he also manages the website. In his spare time, he enjoys working on his historic OTR house and other property, chasing around his dogs and doting on his gorgeous wife (hi, Darcy!).
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.
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.
Sam was born and raised...
Sam was born and raised in the unassuming suburb of Silverton in Cincinnati, where he spent his childhood chasing bugs and snakes in preparation for earning a bachelor's degree in Zoology from Miami University and a master's in Biology from the University of Akron. During the latter, he got his first taste of brewery life working part-time as a packager for Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. After three years living in Vancouver studying spider genomics for his PhD, Sam grew weary of Canada's weird plastic money and (actual) yoga hosers. So he moved back to the states and has been working the packaging line at MadTree since March 2017. When he's not working, you will likely find Sam staring expectantly at bushes/walls/the ground, in curious search of the smaller things in life (usually spiders).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Private Events Manager
After growing up in the...
After growing up in the Cincinnati area, Lynn ached to leave Ohio and traveled 10 hours to Charleston, South Carolina to experience the southern way of life. She attended College of Charleston where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with a focus in event planning. After being introduced to craft beer at Closed for Business (a local Charleston joint), Yuengling just didn’t cut it anymore and so began the development of her craft beer palate. She worked as a marketing assistant and event planning assistant before moving back to Ohio, and spent a year with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden as an event coordinator upon her return. She landed her dream job (finally) at MadTree and is quickly learning all of the ins and outs. When she isn’t caught in the eye of the event planning storm, you can find her scouring the shelves of Valley Thrift, hiking at Red River Gorge, or teaching herself how to cook something other than spaghetti.
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.
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.
Primary Dog Lover, Secondary Boomshakalaka Bringer
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.
After working in land development...
After working in land development and finance, Ryan decided it was time to transition from suits to beer. A Cincinnati native, he started home-brewing with friends and realized it was a passion he wanted to pursue. While not at the brewery, Ryan enjoys golfing, cooking, hunting/fishing, all things baseball, and traveling with his wife, Erica. They currently reside in Liberty Township.
The Beer Brandit
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 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 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 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 the 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 four awesome kids (yes, four). And he has an excellent dog named Scooter. Scooter is the shit.
Cantankerous, Cantrary, Canpire Builder
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 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.
Master of Chemistry
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.