The A Team

September 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