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Zeb Harrington - Operations Manager

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Zeb is the Operations Manager at KettleHouse Brewing and has been with the company since 2013. He is a fifth generation Montanan and Missoula native. Prior to joining the world of craft beer, Zeb and his wife Lacey lived in her hometown of Dillon where he did training and development as well as site location for Great Harvest Franchising’s corporate office. After traveling the country extensively, he has come to agree with John Steinbeck’s statement that, “Montana seems to me to be what a small boy would think Texas is like from hearing Texans.”

Zeb loves to spend time outdoors with his wife and two daughters, Abigail and Madison. They are kind enough to let him disappear during the fall to pursue his love of archery and rifle hunting for big game, which obsesses him to the point of mental illness.

 

Tim Mason - Head Brewer

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Head Brewer, Tim Mason (aka T3) joined our team in late November 2016 and has enthusiastically jumped right in – helping us get our new Bonner facility up and running. He moved to Montana from Chicago where he was a brewer at Revolution Brewing Co. Before that, he worked at Lagunitas, Magic Hat and Cricket Hill Brewing Companies. See a pattern here? This guy knows & loves beer. In fact, he introduced himself at our staff holiday party by saying “The only thing I love more than beer is more beer.” He has experience in all aspects of brewing and, in addition to his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, completed the Master’s Program at the Siebel Institute. We’re proud to have Tim join our team and look forward to the passion, knowledge, creativity and leadership he will bring to our brewery. Welcome T3!

Al Pils - Wholesale, Sales & Promotions

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Hello. My name is Al Pils and I work for the KettleHouse Brewing Company. I was born in Madison, Wisconsin where I lived until 1993 when I moved to Missoula to pursue good times and the “Wilds of Montana.” In 1995, while living on 5th Street, I noticed a banner that read: “Coming Soon, U-Brew.” My roommates and I quickly signed up to “brew” a batch of beer at this new business called “The KettleHouse.” We were able to make some pretty tasty beer thanks to Tim and his staff. I harassed Tim enough that he hired me in 2000. I had landed my dream job of working for a brewery! Since then, I’ve done a variety of things at the K-House including working in the taproom. Now, I work as the outside salesman. It’s been an awesome ride and I can’t wait to see what happens next. When I’m not at work I can be found outside enjoying all the recreational opportunities our great state has to offer.

Tim Peterson - Southside Lead Brewer

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Tim Peterson is the Lead Brewer at the Southside KettleHouse. He first brewed at the KettleHouse U-Brew in the summer of 1996 and started as an employee in March 2012. A native of Bozeman, Montana, Tim has over 20 years’ experience manufacturing food grade goods including cheese and Coca-Cola products. 12 of those years have been spent working in the Montana Craft Brewing industry.

As a lifelong Montana resident Tim enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities, especially; alpine skiing, fishing, golfing, and biking. One of Tim’s well-known passions is cheering for the Montana State University Fighting Bobcats. He feels fortunate to have remained in Montana (the last best place) for most of his life, and to have been married to Dionne, his wife of 21 years. Tim’s favorite KettleHouse beers are Unfiltered Eddy Out® Pale Ale, KettleHouse Kommon, and Extra Special Ginseng.

Matt Weitz - Brewer

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My name is Matt and I am a Brewer and Cellar Worker at the Southside KettleHouse. Originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, I started at the KettleHouse in September 2013. This is my first brewery job and I am super happy and proud to be part of this team that makes amazing beer. Outside of work I love playing the piano and mandolin, gardening, cooking, snowboarding, swimming in rivers, riding my motorcycle, spending time with my girlfriend, and hanging out in bars. I love to explore Montana and ride my bike everywhere. I love a lot of different beers. These days I am especially drawn to sours, saisons, or a nice roasty porter. My favorite KettleHouse beer is Ye Olde Bongwater™. Cheers!

Pete Puczkowskyj - Cellar Worker

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My name is Pete and I started flipping kegs and scrubbing tanks at the K-Hole in August 2015. I currently filter, brew, CIP tanks, and keg our delicious brews.

I am originally from the great city of Chicago. My experience is primarily home brewing and volunteering on the canning line at a local Montana brewery. I bring critical thinking, analysis and drive to provide our customers with some of the best beer in Montana!

Outside of work I can usually be found playing in a rock band by the name of Mendelssohn, rock climbing, skiing, fishing, or enjoying good beer. I am currently on a quest to find and try every Gose and my favorite KettleHouse beer is Eddy Out® Pale Ale.

Martha Gergasko - Cellar Worker/Lab Manager

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Meet Martha Gergasko, KettleHouse Brewing Company’s very own Jersey Girl! Martha moved to Missoula to attend the University of Montana when she was 18 and quickly fell in love with the natural beauty of the state. After graduating with a degree in Biology, she found it hard to leave and took a job at the Good Food Store ordering groceries. During her 4 years at the GFS, Martha explored, developed, and honed her passion for beer. Martha’s father has also influenced her love of beer and science. They have been home brewing together for 6 years. He encourages Martha to keep learning, asking questions, and solving problems.

In June of 2013, Martha was meeting a friend for beer at the Southside KettleHouse when her friend’s child knocked a flyer on her lap advertising a production job opening.  So, in a way, the job literally fell into Martha’s lap. Martha started as a Cellar Production worker one month later. She now runs the QA/QC program in addition to her cellar work, and enjoys the laboratory time it requires.

In her spare time Martha enjoys long walks with her fiancé and dog, writing, jewelry construction and other crafts.  She also enjoys watching movies, reading comics and of course drinking beer.  If you run into Martha in the taproom she is most likely drinking a pint of delicious and refreshing Fresh Bongwater™.

Brockton Gnose - Packaging Manager

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I started working for Kettlehouse Brewing Company in July of 2009 as a Canning Line Worker and since learned many other aspects of brewery operations. I am currently the Packaging Manager, overseeing the canning line and product shipping logistics (yes, I drive a forklift every day). I grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, not far from Deschutes Brewing Co., which brews one of the first craft beers I came to love, Obsidian Stout.

I like adventures at home and abroad. On a trip to Japan in 2014, I attended the Great Japanese Beer Festival in Tokyo. Since then, one of my favorite meals to have with beer is a bowl of homemade ramen. In Montana, my wife and I like to hike in Glacier, canoe on Kintla Lake, and explore the unique corners of our adopted state. I’m a classically trained viola player, and away from work, I’ve played drums and sang in different local bands. I’m a proud member of “Rocks in the Kettlehouse”, our brewery-sponsored curling team. I’m the skip (look it up).

Stouts continue to be one of my favorite styles. I believe KettleHouse’s own Zula™ Stout to be the best stout in the state and on par with other nationally recognized beers in this category. My favorite place to sip one is on a sheet of ice after a curling match. However, you can always find a four-pack of Double Haul® IPA is always chilling in my cooler. It’s KettleHouse’s gold medal IPA, and it’s delicious.

Corey Regini - Northside Lead Brewer

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I joined the KettleHouse team in July of 2009 and am the currently the Northside Lead Brewer. I graduated from the University of Montana in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. I am also the Montana Chapter of the Pink Boots Society Coordinator.

I am a Crossfitter and runner, and when I’m not working you will find me in my kitchen cooking for the people I love, or hanging out with my dogs. My favorite KettleHouse beer is Eddy Out® Pale Ale.

Jake Rausch - Brewer

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Jake started brewing for KettleHouse in the spring of 2012. He was born in Missoula, Montana and grew up 30 miles west in the outskirts of Alberton. Jake has been a home brewer for several years and has currently been working on wild and sour ales. He spends his free time whitewater rafting and folfing. His favorite beer styles are IPAs and wild ales and his favorite KettleHouse beer is Double Haul® IPA.

Chad Loney - Facilites Lead

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I have been working at KettleHouse Brewing Company since 2012 as a Can Technician, Safety Officer, and now Facilities Lead. I was born and raised in western Oregon in the shadow of Mt. Hood. My experiences and skills gained while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Machinery Technician have aided my work at KettleHouse. When I am not working I can be found laughing with my wife and  kids, in the mountains, playing music, fixing bicycles, working on my house, and RVing in the 73′  El Dorado. Porters are my go to when choosing a beer, and spicy beers like  Jalapeño Double Haul® IPA are my favorite.

Sarah Kester - Northside Taproom Manager

Sarah began working at KettleHouse in the spring of 2010 and is the Taproom Manager of our Northside location. Sarah loves to chat about beer. If you get the chance to visit the taproom please make sure to ask her about our award-winning brews or any new cask, barrel-aged and other seasonal beers our talented and creative production staff has created.

Sarah was born and raised in North Dakota but first became intrigued by Montana as a young teen after watching the movie, A River Runs Through It. In 1999 she moved to Glacier National Park where she spent several years working seasonally between there and Whitefish Mountain Resort. In 2004 she moved to Missoula’s Northside and attended the University of Montana where she earned a degree in Rural and Environmental Sociology. When she is not slinging beers, she can be found hanging out with her partner Johnny in and around the beautiful mountains of Western Montana.