How can you say no to these faces?
Peter wasn’t always a beer guy. After graduating from NYU in 1981 with a degree in Spanish Literature, he quit his job as a hotel doorman and took a more “dignified” position (at one third the pay): teaching high school in Brooklyn. In 1986, his sister Janet convinced him to join her in Massachusetts, where they opened what is now the oldest brewpub in the northeast: the Northampton Brewery. Peter was Head Brewer until 1991, the year they opened the New Hampshire’s very first brewpub, Portsmouth Brewery. In 1993, Peter attended the auction of the bankrupt Frank Jones Brewing Company. Not intending to bid on anything that day, he walked away having purchased the brewery that was to become Smuttynose. The rest is history.
Joanne joined Team Smutty through the small advertising firm hired to design the logo and initial advertising for the yet-to-be-opened Brewery. She joined the Brewery staff full-time in 1993 and has been the creative force behind the look and feel of both the Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttyose Brewing Company. She and Peter are co-owners of both companies.
Marketing & Creative Director
Humble Folks Without Temptation
VT & Western NH Sales Representative
Born and raised in Vermont, Ehren developed a love of all things outdoors at an early age. It was common for his family to be kayaking, hiking, skiing, or biking every weekend, often combined with year round camping. After high school he left Vermont to see the rest of the country and after realizing that, in his case, there truly was no place like home, he returned to the Green Mountain state and settled in. His love of good food and good drink has led to managing kitchens, dining rooms, and bars in several restaurants.
He has worked as a Paraeducator, Historical Restoration Mason, and Residential Counselor, but has always kept a second job tending a bar. In fact, having spent most of his life as a bartender, Ehren jokes that his memoir should be titled “My Life Behind Bars”. He comes to Smuttynose from Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier Vermont, bringing with him a passion for customer service and all things fermented.
When not working, Ehren can be found at home with friends and family, cooking meals, exploring the outdoors, or at his local watering hole. If you can’t find him any of these places, just quietly listen for the sound of clinking pint glasses and rolling laughter... you’ll be sure to catch a sighting.
Retail & Tour Manager
Jeff is a transplanted MA native living in ME for the past 14 years. He comes to Smuttynose by way of the Lowell Spinners, LL Bean, TJ Maxx and Nike. He has a deep love for great beer as well as alternative music and baseball. In his spare time, he also runs the Boston Marathon when he can.
ME & NH Field Sales Representative
Shane is a mere man and true Mainer that grew up on the coast. He's a bartender at heart and a veteran to the craft beer community, starting his career at Tully's Beer and Wine in Wells, then moving on to handle craft beer sales at Central Distributors in southern Maine. When he's not slanging SMUTT, he enjoys wrestling with his young son, Cael and loving his long time partner in shenanigans, Suzy. He's a high five enthusiast that enjoys a good kung fu flick as well as an advocate of everything craft. He also likes short walks on the beach. Cheers!
Supply Chain Coordinator
Cassia came to us as the Retail Manager for the Portsmouth Brewery, and brings her passion and enthusiasm for beer and people over to Smuttynose. She has yet to write a real bio, but until then, stop by and meet her in person at Towle Farm.
National Accounts Manager
Todd is a New Hampshire native and brewing enthusiast who left it all behind to dive head long into the early “Microbrew” scene in a location that could satisfy his love for outdoor adventure, the Pacific Northwest. Returning to New England some fifteen years later, with young family in tow, Todd remains an incurable beer geek who continues to enjoy all things outdoors and when he isn’t working to bring Smuttynose to everyone’s neighborhood market he can often be found in the middle of the next big adventure with his family.
Stacy has been too busy keeping things running smoothly in the brewery to write a bio, but it's on her list!
Smuttynose Brewing Company is proud to announce Steve Schmidt’s (Diploma in Brewing Operations, University of California-Davis) appointment as Smuttynose’s Production Manager, where he will oversee production from raw material acquisition to packaging.
Steve comes to Smuttynose from Rolec Prozess Und Brautechnik GmbH, a German brewing and beverage equipment manufacturer. He has had a long and diverse career, brewing beer and managing operations at Empire Brewing (NY), Cambridge House (CT), RedHook-CBA (NH), and most recently, Meantime Brewing in Greenwich, London. He is an associate member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and a BJCP-certified beer judge and his beers have won fourteen medals at Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup.
“Steve was our first choice to take the helm of production at Smuttynose,” said Joanne Francis, Smuttynose’s Creative Director and Co-owner, “he’s worked in all sizes of breweries, knows both the craft and the science of brewing and he’s done it all at a very high level. As we head into the uncharted future of craft beer, we know we’ve got the best person running our brewing operations.”
Schmidt is already at work in the brewery, finding efficiencies and assessing current practices with an eye toward quality improvement. “We already make great beer, but any good brewer knows you live and die by the quality of your liquid,” said Schmidt, “Every change we make will add more love to the beer we brew.”
Hayseed Executive Chef
Dez spent many years working for various chefs at the Ritz Carlton in Florida and the Virgin Islands learning his craft. Having spent the last three years honing his craft with executive chef Jonathan Hebert at the Portsmouth Brewery, Dez brings his knowledge and passion to Hayseed. When not obsessing about food, he spends his time playing his guitar (preferably on the beach), hanging out with friends and family, playing barbies with Alia, and barking at the moon.
Washington DC, Northern VA and MD Field Sales Representative
Sara is originally from MI, but following her 21st birthday she moved to Worcester, MA. There she stumbled upon The Dive Bar, and so began her love for craft beer!
She served and bartended at Armsby Abbey and Dive Bar for a few years where she learned most of her craft beer knowledge; then she shifted gears into New England sales for Sixpoint Brewery. in 2014 she moved again to the Maryland and Virginia area where she got her Master of Arts in New Media Journalism while writing about the local beer industry. Shortly after she got back into sales with a local Baltimore brewery.
Now you’ll find her slinging those delicious New Hampshire Smuttynose brews across the DMV, exploring the local bars, cooking, looking for a top notch bowl of ramen, or surfing the interwebs for adorable cat videos.
Senior Art Director
A native of the Granite State, Chris has been a beer man since the fifth grade, when he strutted around in a satin red Budweiser jacket. Today, he shares a home with his wife, Tara, a photographer, three spritely young daughters, his faithful mutts and a fish named "Bill Skill". His interests include beer, food, music, toys, motorcycles & hot rods, and anything pinstriped.
With 20+ years’ experience, he says with great pride that graphic design is the only type of “real job” he’s ever had. Chris’s responsibilities include designing packaging, POS, advertisements, merchandise and the online presence of both the Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose Brewing Company.
Georgia native, Greg Blanchard started his brewing career as a young boy collecting beer bottle caps. Greg and his caps moved to New Hampshire when he was three and his collection turned into his calling. He graduated from UNH with a Food Service Management degree and in 1998, after years in the food industry, took a chance as a part-time bottler at Smuttynose. With years of homebrewing experience and his passion for food science, Greg rose to Head Brewer, a position he has held for four years. Greg enjoys time with his wife Kristie, New England sports, live music, the outdoors, and endless work on his new old house.
Head Brewer, Towle Farm
Even though it's in his German blood, Dan learned the craft of brewing here at Smuttynose. After graduating from UNH with a physics degree, he started filling in on the bottling line for a friend, Head Brewer, Greg’s neighbor. Ever since, it's been English barleywines and maibocks instead of electricity and magnetism. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Maryland, Dan enjoys living in Maine and growing organic veggies. You can catch him on the fields playing ultimate or in the woods ice fishing, camping, hiking and peeking through his telescope at the stars.
Head Brewer, Smuttlabs
Chuck is a 100% percent homegrown Seacoast guy. Before starting at Smuttynose in 2000, he dabbled in some pretty random stuff. Some so random it just shouldn't be mentioned. Once having mastered plucking bottles off the line, he moved into the cellar and ran with it. Chuck spends most of his summers fishing, hiking, climbing and heckling tourists that drive the wrong way through Market Square. During the winter, you can find him snowboarding, snowshoeing and trying to stay warm with a nice pint of Barleywine. Besides that, he's your average Joe with kick-ass mutton chops!
Director of Quality Control
Judi, a.k.a Cap’n Cackle, found her passion for beer spending countless hours at the Hoot Owl while a student at St. Lawrence University. She graduated in 1997 with a BS in Chemistry and eventually landed a job in research with a large chemical company in Southern New Hampshire. She joined Smuttynose in 2005 as an intern and soon accepted a part-time position kegging. She diligently worked her way through the cellar, into the brewhouse and now maintains our modest lab.
When she is not enjoying a beer or sipping fine Irish whiskey, you’ll find her watching a Monarchs game, skiing, hiking, camping or helping around the house with her husband.
Smuttynose & Smuttlabs Ambassador
Jess grew up in the beautiful hills of Berkshire County where she started her first job in the beer industry with Old Saddleback Brewing Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In 1999 she moved to the Pioneer Valley and spent the next ten years working for Smuttynose’s sister company, the Northampton Brewery, as their general manager.
When not at work Jess finds her Zen in the great outdoors: hiking, paddling, gardening, or skiing. You might also find her enjoying a nice pint of IPA, as she is a hop head to the core.
Renee is a native Texan and longtime resident of the Seacoast. She is married with four children and two Chihuahuas. After working in the restaurant business for six years, she decided to try life on the other side of the bar and found a home with Smuttynose as a sales rep in 2001.
Seacoast NH Sales Representative
While studying Environmental Conservation at UNH, Liz was also working at a craft beer bar called The Barley Pub in Dover, NH. As time went on, her love for craft beer grew stronger and her desire to learn about it became her focus. She became the Beer Wrangler for the Barley Pub and was in charge of curating the beer list. During this time, she met a lot of brewery reps, including Bill Harris (now her Beer Mentor), and decided that was the career path for her. Her environmental degree was not completely lost though because when Smuttynose built their new Gold Standard LEED certified brewery she was able to talk to customers and accounts about their sustainable efforts and show her nerdy side.
In her free time she enjoys kayaking, hanging out with her boyfriend Dave and their awesome cat Izzy, and obsessing over sloths. No seriously, she is really obsessed with sloths.
Master of Minutiae
Joseph Grotto was born just outside of Chicago. He made his way east through Pittsburgh, Amherst and Somerville earning a BA in Philosophy at UMASS and a MA in Visual Arts and Media at Emerson along the way. He joined the Smutty team as the Southern New England Regional Sales Manager in 2011. In late-2016, Joe, his wife and three cats relocated to Portland, ME when he transitioned into a new role at Smuttynose as The Master of Minutiae, helping to manage the sales teams’ effort to be the leanest and meanest they can be. When not helping to sling Smutty, Joe is likely playing bass very loudly with Boston’s Gozu.
Eastern Regional Sales Manager
Pat’s first exposure to craft beer was on a trip to Northern California in the mid 1980’s. An instant convert, he has never looked back. Living two blocks from the legendary Toronado Pub in San Francisco’s Lower Haight district, he spent many hours there cultivating knowledge of fine craft beer and breweries. Before joining Smuttyose, he spent 11 years as a beertender and co-beermeister at the Gate in Brooklyn, one of NYC’s oldest and best-respected craft beer institutions. He is one of the founding partners and organizers of FREAKTOBERFEST, Brooklyn’s notorious craft beer, music and burlesque festival, and in his spare time publishes Beetenderbrooklyn.com, a site dedicated to spreading the gospel of good beer.
Pat studied both fine art (County College of Morris) and business (Kaplan University) and has spent the past 20+ years as a recording and touring musician playing with the Southern Gothic Rock outfit Smokewagon and legendary Swans leader Michael Gira’s Angels of Light. Pat is also an avid sports fan, total baseball junky and completely devoted to his 7 year old daughter Ruby, who can frequently be found by his side.
Pat believes that Smuttynose is the finest East Coast brewery and one of America’s upper echelon beer producers and is grateful for the opportunity to let every know it.
Mascot & Spokesmodel 1991-2007
Olive, our old brown dog, the grande dame of Smuttynose, was our official greeter. Best known as the model on our Brown Dog Ale bottle, she enjoyed chasing tennis balls and squirrels, long walks on the beach and pasta with cheese. A lifelong student of human character, Olive didn't suffer fools gladly. She died peacefully at home in March, 2007, one month shy of her sixteenth birthday.
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