A Northerner in a Southern land (Damn Yankee), Brandon hails most recently from Lagunitas. He's a former organic chemist and master of detail. His previous nicknames include "the angry brewer", but we more lovingly just refer to him as Oscar.
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.
Meet Robbie aka Swabbie Robbie aka Rico Swabey. As our QA manager, he’s got the swab test to cure what ales you. Get it? ALES you. It’s a pun. Moving on...He of course has his love of craft beer, but as a native Kentuckian bourbon will always hold a special place in his heart. He (kinda) enjoys running but really loves the Kentucky Wildcats, so don’t even try to talk to him when they are playing.
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).
Originally hailing from Winston-Salem, NC, the brewery’s resident Papaw and Captain has lived in East TN for 20+ years. He started working in the brewing industry in 2000, so he knows his way around a brewhouse, although if you are looking for a whitewater or fishing guide he’s got you there too. His three hound dogs and black cat rank at the top of his list though, so just step in line behind them and you are in the clear.
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 Felix to our Brewmaster Oscar. 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!
Ben cut his teeth in the gritty world of Scrapbooking. After perfecting his craft in both the music and newspaper industries, he decided combining beer and design at Yee-Haw made for a damn fine combination. A technology lover, he keeps us up-to-date on all the happenings in the digital world.
When not saving the world from evil doers, Jeremy likes to spend time eating tacos, riding mountain bikes, petting dogs and cats, cooking, listening to metal music, gardening and doing things that are rad. Oh, and he really likes to sell and drink beer. He also says “Be sure to call your mom every day, they like that kind of stuff.” His recent efforts to take the lead in the beard competition have been valiant.
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.