Our own Milwaukee’s best, Cris is a man of many talents. Beyond being a damn good brewer and beer encyclopedia, he also plays 7 instruments. His favorite styles of music are oldies and metal, natural compliments to each other. He’s a lover of German lagers and sours, the latter to the chagrin of some of his fellow brewers. He’s outdoorsy and loves animals and stuff — as everyone should.
In short — Ben embodies the Yee-Haw way. He’ll tell you that life is too short to not be having fun. He likes to laugh and go fast. And hike and bike and jump out of planes. Oh and brew beer. But mostly go fast. He’ll show you the way of the brewing world and his work hard, play hard philosphy. In turn grab him a german lager and he’ll be a happy man. He’s also destroying Ben R. in the best Ben beard competition.
We would have added Chris to the website a long time ago, but he's never been one to turn in his homework (bio facts) on time. A brewer of 10 years now, Chris' brewing career was born of a hobby (obsession) that got out of control. Non-brewing obsessions include swimming with family, bow hunting (duh) and Tennessee football. But no other sports. There's only the Vols.
No longer the most eligible bachelor in the 423 (sorry ladies), John serves as our in house Renaissance Man. After hanging with our friends at Green Man Brewery in Asheville for the better part of a year, John settled right into Johnson City. Legend has it that John spent some time with a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model (ask him for proof).
Since no brewery would be complete without a man-bun sporting Johnson City native, we had no choice but to bring Jay on. Jaymon has worked his way through every brewing job in the book, including the head brewer of a small brewpub. He lives on the dark side opting for dark lagers, stouts and porters whenever he can. When not in the brewery you can find him outdoors or catching some live music.
Ball buster, goofball and resident Phish head, travelin’ man Tyler has lived all over the nation, but has happily settled down with our roughneck crew. Originally from New York, he joins Brandon in being a Damn Yankee, and fits right in with our other outdoorsmen as a river rafting enthusiast. Say hi to him in the Taproom and you’ll likely find him drinking a Pilsner.
Coming all the way from Maricopa Co., Arizona (where even is that) Jeff joined our crew and it’s a good thing too because he’s obsessed with beer. He isn’t known as the Disco Inferno for no reason, you can normally find Jeff going to music festivals or kicking back with a nice cold IPA watching the Atlanta Braves.
Meet Josh aka Vegas…what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? Wrong. Josh here spills his beans in his podcast, Godcast, where he talks about Aliens and the Easter Bunny? Listen, we didn’t hire him for his podcast. He’s one of us – he loves beer and we can’t argue with that.
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Austin finds the best fit for himself and his dogs in East Tennessee. Like any good dog dad would. Austin enjoys live music (good thing the Taproom has live music weekly), going to music festivals, and he can play the drums. Say hi to him in the Taproom and you’ll probably find him drinking an IPA.
Oh Jacob. Aka "kid". Hailing from Fontana, CA, Jacob is our SoCal transplant, complete with a love a music & drums. He's not so into sports, but is big into pale ales. Just look for the guy with the long blonde hair. Because California, duh.
The easygoing, cheerful one who knows we'll figure it all out. East Tennessean through and through. Loves straightforward, good beers, but willing to give anything a try.
Flip flops are required attire for any lawyer that makes their living making the finest alcoholic beverages. Cory has been recognized as one of the world's finest consumers (not connoisseur) of beer. He doesn't say a whole lot, but you better listen when he talks.
Chuck is the beer drinkinest motha you've ever known. With an alcohol tolerance of Shrekonian levels, Chuck's always good for a laugh. If he's not pushing a baby stroller, Chuck lives to play in the mud and on the steeps. His mantra is ...Yee-Haw!
After being hit by falling space debris, Jeremy was left with incredible intelligence and soon-to-be discovered super powers. With a mind that moves as fast as a wind sock in a hurricane, he's an idea man; it's his superpower. That and selling beer. When not at work he likes to ride mountain bikes, garden, eat tacos, play with his cats, and spend time with his wife and friends. Oh, and he says to be sure and call your mom, they like that kind of stuff.
Yee-Haw wouldn’t be complete without our director of fun times Sarah Dixon. This UT Football loving, Bohemian Rhapsody singing champion is one of the top people you’ll want to share a beer with. She never backs down from a hoop shot challenge, or any fun activity for that matter. Fair warning — She’s likely going to beat you at said hoop shot challenge, so bring your A-game or don’t even bother.
Raised on a mountain top in Carter County, Dave is a true Tri-Cities local and our Taproom GM. He started his life winning, beating out his identical twin at birth by 2 minutes. (If you’re not first, you’re last). A true Southern gentleman, he’s going to call you ma’am or sir, so be ready for that. He loves the finer things in life including his daughter, mountain biking, disc golf, running, hiking, motorcycles, UT Vols, Green Bay Packers,fantasy football, & BEER!
East TN born and raised...Vol fan...Chocolate lab owner...POWER TUMBLER! What's not to love. He's an All American Yee-Haw Man. Charles was in the first class of South College's Brewmaster school and is now conquering the mean streets of Knoxville and beyond. Word is Charles once performed on a trampoline at Thompson-Boling during a UT Men's basketball game. If anyone can find video footage, we'll provide a big prize.
When Walter isn't enjoying the local taco nightlife scene, he can be found hanging with his fancy bulldog Henry, who conveniently also enjoys a taco or ten. Once a purveyor of fine meats, this Nashville native can be found trying to procure tickets to the best shows in town, tracking down the most artisanal flavors (his words) and enjoying a pint of suds. Note: As far as we know he does not steal Goldfish from children as the picture suggests. Internal investigation being done nonetheless.
Raised in the mean streets of Cleveland, TN, Jeremy learned at an early age to "keep it real." A move to San Diego, CA and then Austin, TX in 2010 lit a fuse for homebrewing. After attending brew school and brewing professionally for three years, his love of beer, caring, and sharing has led him back to his roots. When Jeremy isn't hustling and regaining street cred, you can usually find him in his wood shop building something super cool and drinking Yee-Haw beer!
Originally from Danville, KY, Sydney (a.k.a. “Syd” or “Squidney”) has called Johnson City home for 13 years. Ask her what her favorite beer styles are and she’ll tell you American Pale Ale and Stout. She loves animals and it's safe to say she holds the record at Yee-Haw for most pets: 3 dogs, 2 rats, a cat, horse, turtle, tarantula, Madagascar hissing cockroach, and ball python. Oh, and she has tons of plants, too. When she is not busy working in the lab or caring for her animals and plants, you can find Sydney riding her bike, hiking with the dogs, or trail riding on her horse.