About usWHO WE ARE

Brewing is our life, beer is our water, so don’t waste time drinking all kinds of other things which won’t make your life better.

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WE MAKE
WHAT WE LOVE

You never forget your first sip

Both avid music fans, frequent bar goers, and enthusiastic men-about-town in the early 2000s, we were acutely aware of the empty tap handle & store shelf where a local beer ought to be found in our nation’s capital. So, in 2009 we combined our years of experience in brewing and beverage distribution to found the DC Brau Brewing Company. In the years since, we’ve crafted beer that we want to drink, and we hope you continue to enjoy every last sip. Cheers!

Co-FoundersJeff & Brandon

Brandon Skall  CEO & Co-Founder

Brandon has built a career on making sure people drink well. He had spent years in the hospitality and beverage industry, in house with Passion Foods Restaurants before moving onto a lengthy beverage sales career in wine with The Henry Wine Group and Frederick Wildman & Sons. He was keenly aware of the empty spot on DC’s local shelves and draft-lines for a hometown brew and set about changing that with partner Jeff Hancock in 2009 by establishing DC Brau. As CEO, Brandon has leveraged his business development and sales expertise to grow the company into one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most influential players with sights on continued growth both at home and overseas. Among its many accomplishments, the brewery has been recognized as Washington’s Brewery of the Year by the NY International Beer Competition, the Restaurant Association of Metro Washington’s RAMMY Awards, Washingtonian Magazine & The Washington Post.

Jeff Hancock  President, Co-Founder & Brewmaster

Brewing beer is Jeff Hancock’s passion. After more than a decade brewing for other breweries, including Franklin’s, Grizzly Peak, Arbor Brewing, and Flying Dog, he teamed up with Brandon Skall in 2009 to build DC Brau. In the years since, Jeff and his team have crafted a portfolio of beers that reflect the kinds of beer they like to drink — big hoppy IPAs, traditional English styles & easy-to-drink lagers. Under his helm, DC Brau has become a staple on beer lists in the National Capital Region racking up awards across the globe. When he’s not in the brewhouse, you can find Jeff at the decks pursuing his other love, music.

Mari Rodela

CHIEF COMMUNITY & CULTURE OFFICER

Mari Rodela is DC Brau’s Chief Community & Culture Officer, part of the Executive Team with the co-founders. During her career, she has played a central role in facilitating strategic and organizational development & systems development and implementation for both for- and non-profit organizations. As a long time DC area resident, Mari is proud to play a key leadership role in a business that contributes to the sustainability and growth of DC’s local economy and community. She is also the President & Co-Founder of the DC Brewers’ Guild and sits on the Board of Think Local First DC.

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Chris Graham

PRODUCTION MANAGER

As production manager of DC Brau, Christopher Graham manages the day-to-day brewing operations at the brewery. A Certified Cicerone®, Chris began his career interning at Franklin’s Brewery in Hyattsville, MD. He’s also a mean cook in his spare time!

Kayleigh Tanthorey

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Kayleigh Tanthorey transferred her business acumen from the tattoo world to craft beer when she relocated to the nation’s capital in the spring of 2017 to join DC Brau as its new Business Development Manager. When she isn’t out meeting with accounts or working with her rock star sales team, Kayleigh flexes her artistic wings to put her own special mark on the Brau brand.

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Ashley Howe

HR & ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

Ashley Howe joined the team in June 2017 to handle the brewery’s human resources and administrative needs. She fell in love with craft beer while in school at University of Colorado in Boulder. An avid nature-lover whose favorite place on earth is Acadia National Park, Ashley hopes to one day become a maple syrup producer.

Lizzie Palumbo

TASTING ROOM MANAGER

If you’ve ever visited the brewery, you’ve probably met Tasting Room Manager Lizzie, who has been a part of the Brau family since 2013. She loves interacting with her staff & our customers almost as much as her “favorite quadrupeds” – Angus, Olive, Stella and Igor.

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SALES TEAM

CHRIS WILSON

CHRIS WILSON

DC Sales Manager

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BRENDAN KIRLIN

MD Sales Manager

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RACHEL WEINREB

VA Sales Manager

BREWING TEAM

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COLM KELLY

Lead Brewer

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MIKE BENISH

Brewer

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KYLE LARKIN

Barrel Program Specialist

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ALEX SPENCER

Brewer

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ANDY WATSON

Packaging Manager

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DJ HOLDER

Warehouse Logistics Coordinator

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JON HINDMAN

Packaging Operator

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TRAVIS MAINE

Packaging Operator

growler hour team

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ALAN LEFEBRE

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ANGELA PETRO

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ASHLEY HOWARD

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CHELSEA BAILEY

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CRAB CARR

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CINDY GUZMAN

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ERIN BALLENTINE

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GABE BICHINHO

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LEAH WALKER

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MAGGIE SNYDER

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MIKE STEIN

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MYESHA CHEATHAM

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PAUL JOSUNS

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SLIM MISHOE

brand ambassadors

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STEPHEN TAYLOR

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JOE WELSH

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TORI BUELL

Office & Administrative Coordinator

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