The A TeamSeptember 22, 2011
We often like to joke that our brewers are superheroes. Now they really are! Stop by the brewery during GABF to meet them…and their alter-egos.
Taylor Rees aka BalanceBeam
This multi-tasking wonder juggles brewing, Tap Room pouring, brewhouse logistics, crime-fighting, saving puppies from house fires, fording flooded rivers and rescuing damsels in distress.
Distinguishing Characteristics: superhuman strength, level-headedness, reliability
Where He’s Typically Found: in a blackberry thicket untangling a baby animal
Secret Power: can guess your weight +/- 300 pounds
Austin Wiley aka Time Traveler
When he’s not smoking his pipe, whittling or shooting his dinner with a musket, this old-timey superhero brews a mean batch of beer.
Distinguishing Characteristics: beardliness, bulging flux capacitor, affinity for DeLoreans
Where He’s Typically Found: bridging the gap between antiquity and modernity
Secret Power: Ignoring the Space-Time Continuum
Chris Kirk aka Metalloid
He deflects the whizzing bullets of Evil by morphing into metal. He may be all alloy on the outside, but he’s got a heart of gold.
Distinguishing Characteristics: rough exterior, soft interior.
Where He’s Typically Found: in the middle of the mosh pit
Secret Power: Headbanger’s Head Butt
Jeff Wermer aka Il Professore
While he may be reserved, don’t let his silence fool you. He’s brain-bending the enemy with complex, multi-point theses regarding Plato’s fundamental Theory of Forms.
Distinguishing Characteristics: clever, quiet, cunning.
Where He’s Typically Found: deep in thought
Secret Power: Face-Melting Philosophizing
Tyler Joyce aka Miles A. Minute
This young superhero is a man on the go. Whether he’s hiking, dancing, bike riding or mashing in, you’ll rarely find him idle.
Distinguishing Characteristics: charismatic, adventurous, enthusiastic
Where He’s Typically Found: Everywhere
Secret Power: awakes fully rested after only 20 minutes of sleep per night
Bryan Brauer aka The Night Watchman
He roams the brewery at night, protecting his fiefdom from over-sparging, errant milling, ghosts of brewers past and crackhead invasion.
Distinguishing Characteristics: reverberating bellow, lightening-quick pistol draw, Chicago loyalty
Where He’s Typically Found: in the shadows
Secret Power: Ruckus Incitement