Yee-Haw’s marvelous machine is powered by heroes, strangers neither to hard work nor good times,
embarking together on a fantastic voyage to the outer limits of greatness…one batch at a time.
JOHNSON CITY TAPROOM
BEN HAMM | Retail Manager
Originally from South Carolina, Ben has been a Johnson City resident for nearly two decades. His job involves graphic design, art and content creation, as well as packaging design and low-level tech support. Previously, he worked as an art director for a T-shirt screen-printing company.
Favorite Yee-Haw Beer: Depends on the weather, the day of the week and what I had for lunch last Tuesday. Kolsch if I can’t make up my mind, which means often.
Originally from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and carrying a rich interest in architectural history, we found Caity to be perfect for the role of taproom manager. She never lets anything get to her, instead seeing the positive side of life, knowing she gets to work every day alongside some of her best friends at YEE-HAW.
Favorite Yee-Haw Beer: Big Hoppa. Blackberry Beret. Maibock.
Cris leads brewing operations at Yee-Haw facilities. Originally from Milwaukee, and previously of Lakefront Brewing Company, he brings both geographic and experiential value to his job. He enjoys the work environment at Yee-Haw and would love to make it to Germany, for the beer, of course! Cris says he’s currently living the dream with a wife, kids and pets.
Extreme Interests: Raising children while running a brewery. It doesn’t get any more extreme.
Is he just another Josh from Johnson City? Mr. Tipton will not divulge his whereabouts or activities before joining the team. No hijinks. He is just here to keep the canner going – long, fast and strong – and it is this that he accomplishes, daily. His favorite beer is a cold one.
JESSE LEWIS | Taproom Manager/Entertainment Booker
Originally from Carter County, Tennessee, Jesse and his dog, Mel Tillis, are hop heads and generally prefer our Pale Ale, IPA and Big Hoppa varieties. Jesse may be afraid of heights, but he is not afraid to ask you if you’d like to dance.
Dream Car: 2003 Honda Pilot.
Personal Philosophy: They always say “Yee-Haw,” but they never ask, “Haw Ye?” This is sad.
Michael manages the presentation and sale of beer and beer accessories in the YEE-HAW taproom. This is no easy endeavor; we have a lot of beer. It requires astute attention to every detail, keenly honed senses and a manager who truly lives for the people.
Personal Philosophy: No hesitation. No surrender. No beer left behind.
A Danville, Kentucky, transplant who has spent half her life in Johnson City, Sydney bartended her way through school, learning the ins and outs of only the most delicious of alcohols. Today, she performs all chemical and microbial tests, from brew house to packaged products, ensuring that all of our beers meet precise specifications. Sydney loves her Yee-Haw family.
A native New Yorker and health-food-store-chain veteran who is married with both kids and pets, Tyler ascribes to an “enjoy life and work hard” philosophy. The things he likes most about working with Yee-Haw are the ability to have fun at work and being a part of a growing company.
Favorite Yee-Haw Beer: There can be only one? It’s a Pale Ale and Gose toss-up.
WALTER BLACKMAN | Middle Tennessee Sales Representative
A Nashville native who previously created and ran a wholesale operation, Walter is the hands across all aisles. He calls on accounts, solves problems and builds relationships – all while giving customers a one-of-a-kind experience. Walter is our brand advocate helping lead the way on brand culture and awareness through fundraising and events. His ally in life is Henry, the English bulldog.
Favorite Yee-Haw Beer: Dunkel.
Best Part of the Job: Brand-building in ultra-competitive markets. Working hard. Seeing results.
ADAM WARREN | General Counsel and Nashville Managing Director
An experienced attorney, sports and entertainment agent and agency founder from Jackson, Tennessee, Adam represents Yee-Haw in all things legal. Married with two children and a golden retriever, Adam enjoys Yee-Haw’s family atmosphere and genuine, caring staff.
Originally from Turkey Town, Tennessee, our man Dave arrived at Yee-Haw after operating a sports bar. He loves making folks smile – employees and customers alike. Dave is a married father and pet owner who enjoys running, cycling and mountain biking.
Most Epic Adventure: I’ve had many. I remember very few.
Craziest Thing Anyone Ever Told You: That’s not my job.
Originally from Knoxville, Charles is thrilled to have the opportunity to drive all over his favorite part of the country, chatting up interesting people about great craft beer. He’s married to a smokeshow (look it up). They have an old-man chocolate Lab and a Great Dane puppy.
Favorite Yee-Haw Beer: Pale Ale.
Most Epic Adventure: Trips with my wife! Maine, Paris, Belgium, Amsterdam, etc.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, raised in Jackson, Tennessee, Sarah knows her way around. She previously directed strategic partnerships for AC Entertainment, but now she manages our East Tennessee market and sales team, as well as our national and regional chain accounts – building relationships and distribution along the way.
Best Part of the Job: My coworkers. Building a brand. Meeting new people. New challenges.