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 would open what is now the oldest brewpub in the northeast: the Northampton Brewery, where Peter was Head Brewer until 1991, the year they opened the Portsmouth Brewery, the Granite State’s first brewpub. 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
Southern Field Sales Manager
Raised in Portland, Oregon, it was inevitable that this tomboy would become a beer geek. Lisa's love of great beer and travel has led her to visit more than 300 breweries nationally and internationally. She'll never pass up an opportunity to conduct "research" on a new beer or brand. Lisa earned her BA and MA in English from Portland State University and spent a decade teaching college writing and literature classes before packing it in to do what she really loves--geek out with others about beer. Lisa spent 15 years living in Maine and New Hampshire before relocating to her current home in North Carolina. She spends her nights trying to find a spot on the bed between two lovable mutts, Griffyn and Percy.
Hayseed Restaurant GM
Kieran is taking the reins to our Hayseed Farmstyle Restaurant after a long career at The Portsmouth Brewery.
When the time came to pick a college and career, Kieran wanted Hotel & Restaurant Management. His parents talked him out of it, so he went to college in New York City pursuing a degree in Accounting. After working in New York for a few years, he decided to search for greener pastures and moved north to New Hampshire in 1988. Kieran’s first restaurant job was as part time dishwasher for a nice Italian restaurant in Peabody, Massachusetts. Then, after being laid off from his full-time job, he began waiting tables. Learning the food and beverage side of a hotel, he held many positions. Wanting to learn more about different aspects of the industry, he managed small venues, a fast food restaurant and then finally arrived at the Portsmouth Brewery in 2005.
Kieran’s free time is usually consumed by his two dogs Mo and Lizzy. Both are shelter rescue dogs, one of them a Wiemaraner, which requires complete and undivided attention. The rest of his free time is spent looking for another Weim to rescue!
Business Manager, CFO
Gale L. Merrigan: Business Manager for the Smuttynose Brewing Company and the Portsmouth Brewery.
DOB: Wasn't born yesterday
A native of Marblehead, MA, Gale received a BS with honors in Hotel and Restaurant Management with a minor in accounting at UMass, Amherst sometime during the last millennium. While there, she played sweeper on the UMass NCAA Women's Championship Soccer team. In 1991 Gale joined the Northampton Brewery, and relocated to the New Hampshire Seacoast to open and manage the Portsmouth Brewery. When not "counting beans" and harassing deadbeats, she enjoys throwing back the occasional cold one, skiing, and playing soccer for the Smutties of the Seacoast United Soccer Club. Gale is married to John Merrigan. They have a daughter Abaigeal, and two sons, Zachariah and John.
We know Clark needs a better picture and a nice bio, but until then just know that he is busy keeping Towle Farm in tip-top shape.
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 mutt and a fish named "Sparkle Purple". His interests include beer, food, music, toys, motorcycles & hot rods, and anything pinstriped.
With 19 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, advertisements, apparel, merchandise and the online presence of both the Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose Brewing Company.
Publicity & Communications
JT is a proud native of NC. How he ended up in frosty New Hampshire is a tale best shared over a few pints. JT came to Smutty from our sister brewpub, the Portsmouth Brewery, after having worked previously at two breweries in PA. He is an American Brewers' Guild graduate. After four and a half years of production brewing at Smuttynose, JT became Smuttynose’s first Minister of Propaganda. His responsibilities include, writing our newsletter, managing social media, creating content for Smuttynose TV and Portsmouth Brewery TV, among other communicative tasks. JT is an avid music listener, novice home repairman, infrequent cook of Southern cuisine and above all, a UNC basketball fan. When he's not having a beer, you can find JT with tea or bourbon. He also loves a good dirty joke.
John is the resource that our humans go to.
Director of Brewing Operations
David Yarrington began his fascination with beer after intensive field research during college led him to home brewing. Having graduated with a Chemistry degree from Colby College, David became a Wyoming ski bum and worked for Twenty Tank Brewery, Tommyknocker Brewery, Golden Pacific Brewing Co., The Commonwealth Brewing Co., and Tokyo Brewing Co. David found his way to Smutty after completing the UC Davis Master Brewers Program. In August of 2001 he took over the duties of Executive Brewer at Smuttynose, a position he tenuously holds at the present time.
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.
Kristie Blanchard moved from Fort Dix, NJ, to the new green world of New Hampshire when she 15. She finished high school in Milton, NH with scholastic awards and published poetry. Kristie moved on to a fiber-optics company traveled abroad. In 2002 she met and married her husband, Greg Blanchard. In 2004, while taking Massage Therapy Certification night classes, she joined the Smutty crew bottling line. Kristie eventually moved up to first Line Supervisor, kegging and helping out wherever needed. A year and half later, she is managing shipping/receiving and our warehouse. If you stop by for a tour you can see Kristie whistling around on her fork truck!
Kevin Love has been with our company since 1997, and has held the sales managers position since 1998. He's been involved in the beer business on and off since 1982, working both the retail and supply sides. You could almost say he's been involved since his childhood, when he would make trips to his father's work place, the original Ballantine Brewery in Newark, NJ. Currently living in the Seacoast area, Kevin has been a New Hampshire resident since 1992.
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.
National Accounts & International Sales
Robby is a global nomad — an Italian citizen born in Uganda and raised around the world. After Egypt, Ethiopia, China and the Emirates, Robby earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Turin, Italy, and a Master's in Business. She moved to the seacoast and after a short stint at a software company, found a niche in international sales at ungodly hours. Robby never imagined her passion as a career until, sitting at the pub, chatting over a Big-A IPA, she encountered Smuttynose Brewing Co. Jack of all trades, master of none, Robby enjoys the outdoors, horseback riding, volunteering for the Dover Mounted Police, traveling, scuba diving, fishing, lobstering, snowboarding, cigars and brews at the pub.
Northern New England Field Manager
My name is Bill Harris. I’m a beer guy, always have been, and it’s treated me well. I decided to leave Nashua for a change of pace. I packed my 86 Dodge van and headed east to Dover. With no plan, sleeping in my buddy’s dorm, I beat the streets looking for a job. I found work stocking beer at grocery stores. It sucked. But when I turned 21, I was promoted and given company car. R.I.P. 86 Dodge. But that was near seven years. Now, I proudly work for Smuttynose. I have an amazing son and a nice little place downtown. And on top of it all, I have the chance to meet wonderful people working for a fantastic business. It’s kept me going this long, and it will keep me going for years to come.
NH Field Sales Rep & VT Territory Manager
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.
Southern New England Field Manager
Joseph Grotto was born near Chicago. He made his progress east through Pittsburgh, Amherst, Boston, Cambridge and Somerville, earning degrees in Philosophy at UMASS and Visual Arts and Media at Emerson along the way. Whether going to school or working as a beer buyer for Liquor World in Cambridge or, as of 2011, a Smutty team member, Joseph has surrounded himself with loud music, real pizza, pierogies, burritos, bad beer and great beer. Not so much the bad beer anymore. He lives and loves in Somerville, and when not peddling Smutty, spends time with his lovely bride-to-be, Krista and their two handsome cats Ruby and Spencer as well as playing bass very loudly with Boston's Motherboar.
Southern New England Field Rep
New York Field 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 1 year old daughter Ruby, who can frequently be found strapped to his side in a sling.
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.
New Jersey & Pennsylvania Field Rep
Joanna's love for good food, good beer & good people is infectious! Some say she's loud, we say she's Italian. Philly born and bred, she is the youngest of four girls and proud mother of Lady D (aka the cutest dog ever). Being left-handed has given her a love of all things creative. Joanna is an accomplished singer and a graduate of Antonelli School of Photography. Her first job and foray into the beer business was selling beer and snacks to golfers at her grandparents’ house when she was 12. Totally legal. She has spent over 10 years working in restaurants, where her love of real beer blossomed. She earned her BJCP certificate and Cicerone in 2009. Joanna has dabbled in home brewing and never shies away from a night of industry "research.”
Chris is the go-to guy for retail merchandise at both Smuttynose and the Portsmouth Brewery. Someday he'll get around to writing a nice bio about himself, but until them make sure to stop on by and say hi.
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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