Tom Karvonen, Co-Founder
Tom has extensive experience helping companies expand in a variety of industries for companies as diverse as Ford Motor Company, Wingcast, LLC, Toll Brothers, and SunCal Companies. In these roles Tom has successfully managed sales, marketing, finance, and production while increasing profitability and efficiency of the organization with projects and budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition, Tom holds an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, one of the top- ranked business schools in the nation. Tom has successfully completed the Beer Judge Certification Program and has been brewing award winning beers for over 4 years. He has a keen attention to detail which carries through from recipe formulation through the brewing process. In addition to creating our award-winning pilot brand recipes from scratch, Tom will be handling overall strategy, finance and investor relations, business development, marketing, and sales.
David Estis, Co-Founder
David has over 15 years of construction management and facility maintenance experience. His skill in estimating costs, scheduling staff, equipment maintenance, trouble shooting, employee education, as well as maintaining compliance with state and federal documentation for a commercial electrical contractor demonstrates his experience with the skills necessary to manage the operational and staffing needs of a production brewery facility. David will be responsible for daily operations, maintenance, staff management, facility safety policy, and regulatory compliance documentation. He has been home brewing since 1999, and enjoys the challenges associated with modifying or constructing equipment and designing systems to maximizing brewing efficiency to produce consistent high quality beers.
Christopher Davis-Murai, Head Chef
Christopher Davis-Murai is from Sacramento and is a professional chef. He has worked his way up from dishwasher to Executive Chef in over 28 years of restaurant experience. He is well traveled working in a number of restaurants and other cities and states, taught cooking in San Francisco, had a cooking show on KSEE 24 Fresno, and was a personal Chef for the Henry Cabot-Lodge family of Maine. He has worked in the top restaurants in Sacramento, raced bicycles for 20 years, and owned the community favorite “BicycleChef Bicycles” before closing to start the present project. He is married to his wife of 10 years, Jennifer, and has two children- Naomi-6, and Toshiro-3. He resides in Land Park, Sacramento, CA.
Robert Stoddard, Head Brewer
Robert Stoddard will function as our Head Brewer. Robert holds an International Diploma in Brewing Technology from the Seibel Institute in Chicago, IL and Doemans Academy in Munich Germany along with a Biology degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene. At the Doemans Academy Robert gained real world experience brewing on an automated six hectoliter pilot system. At the Seibel Institute he learned the business side of brewing, including quality control, beer styles, packaging and distribution, and marketing. After his graduation from brewing school Robert volunteered as a brewer at the Kodiak Brewing Company in Kodiak Alaska, while also holding a job as a fisheries biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service. Due to these experiences Robert has a real world understanding of day to day brewery operations and business. In addition to his brewery experience Robert has been home brewing for 12 years.