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The Team.

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Living The Dream was born out of a small group of people who are intensely passionate about brewing beer and experiencing life through the outdoors.  To this group there is nothing more satisfying than summiting that peak, watching the sunrise from trail camp or landing that back-scratcher in front of your buds (oh yeah, we keep it way old-school around here).  Experiencing the awesomeness of nature and following it up with a hand crafted beer with your friends, now that is what we call a good day.

fun fact: batman enjoys the open seas.

fun fact: batman enjoys the open seas.

Jerod, Head Brewer

Jerod loves mountain biking, snowboarding & hiking with his wife Ashley & their dogs. He spends his weekends ripping into backside bowls or anywhere else he can get altitude and drop in for some serious speed.

A little peek into Jerod’s mind will take you to a time he and his buddy from the Marines sailed the Manaña from Marina Del Rey, CA to Oahu, HI. They had no functioning auto pilot and had to fly the wheel at the helm around-the-clock while facing squalls, rough seas, huge waves and broken sails during a 23 day, 2700+ nautical mile journey across one of the most desolate stretches of open water. Yes we agree, he’s hard core and we are proud to have him on our team. We asked Jerod what drives him and he told us, “I try to live my life like I've been given only one, and love the outdoors like a kid loves the playground. Nature is beautiful when we can unplug and disconnect from our busy lives." He also claims to be Batman, but that is still unconfirmed.

 

This is the most accurate hand drawn sketch in the world. 

This is the most accurate hand drawn sketch in the world. 

Tim, Brewer & Hair Model

We have tried to photograph Tim multiple times in the brewery but to no avail. Rumor has it that he is a ghost-spirit. Yes, a ghost-spirit that LOVES beer. This elusive taproom employee will eventually be caught on film… but until then, enjoy this hand drawn pic.

 

 

Dave also moonlights as a trapeze artist.

Dave also moonlights as a trapeze artist.

 

 

Gillette, Operations

Gillette moved here from Montana because he loves the rocky mountains, but mostly because he loves a nice glass of Colorado milk. We threatened to not hire him after he said this but then he rebutted with the fact that he also loves beer, and warm hugs so we welcomed him with open arms. He gave us a list of likes & dislikes in a true pin-up-style-interview, but we'll let you guess which items go on which list... Food, milk, his adorable son & daughter, Louis C.K., blues music, wet socks, the Vikings & running out of hot water in the shower. The last 3 are obvious, really, who could possibly like the Vikings?

 

 

"I'm on a boat!"

"I'm on a boat!"

Kasey, Taproom

Kasey is like the rarest of Pokemon. Hard to find, but he does exist. Believe it or not, Kasey still works here.

 

 

 

Girls like mud.

Girls like mud.

Kendra, Taproom & Cellar

This Colorado native is an avid outdooress. She signs up for any kind of activity that ends in mud: from hiking in the mountains to mud slinging at the Warrior Dash - Kendra loves everything outdoors! As a kid, her dad instilled in her the love of homebrewing. Her inspiration comes from exploring the vast expanse of Colorado breweries and discovering different hop varieties in the process... a true Hop head. When asked what drives her, " I love to play! There is always a new trail to explore, new brews to taste and a new goal to be set! I look forward to every day, giving people High 5's!"

 

 

 

 

Justin, Taproom

Justin: A ginger with magical powers.

On weekends Justin attends Renaissance Festivals and moonlights as the Pixie Dust Spreader on the Tilt-A-Whirl. We thought this was ridiculous until he told us that he gets free cotton candy, for life.

He also told us that sometimes he likes to tattoo everything that he owns, including getting matching sleeves with his Newfoundland pup.  His pup did well with the tats, Justin however, cried like Justin Bieber at a Sport Clips.

 

Future Bachelorette contestant

Future Bachelorette contestant

Sarah, Taproom

She insisted we use her high school yearbook photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I buy candy in bulk.

I buy candy in bulk.

Kenny, Stool Jockey

Kenny is a connoisseur of 1980's creeper-vans that are not allowed within 300 feet of schools. Every good brewery needs to have all aspects covered, including both sides of the bar. Kenny is our "other side of the bar" guy. When he's not at the bar, he can usually be found giving away free candy or avoiding school zones. 

 

 

 

 

Vanity disclaimer: this is a self portrait taken with the 1st known selfie-stick, aka 'the ski pole'

Vanity disclaimer: this is a self portrait taken with the 1st known selfie-stick, aka 'the ski pole'

Carrie Knose, Owner/Go-to-Girl

Carrie began in the brewing industry working in QA/QC for a large brewery that rhymes with Mamuel Bladams. Working on the technical side opened her eyes to the world of beer nerds combing over data sheets and she was smitten.  We asked her for one memorable outdoor experience and this is what she told us, "While on a backpacking trip up Mt Whitney I woke up at dawn to watch the sunrise.  As the sun rose over the peaks you could feel the warmth radiating off of that amazing wall of granite.  It was one of those moments in life when you stop, breathe, and know that you are alive."

 

 

Fun fact: Jason is an accomplished level 7 dungeons & dragons wizard

Fun fact: Jason is an accomplished level 7 dungeons & dragons wizard

Jason Bell, Owner/Brewmaster

His experience includes 13 years selling, serving, tasting and evaluating hundreds of craft beers as well as developing his own professional level automated brewing system.  He has also developed over 30 unique recipes that will be periodically featured in the taproom.  Jason's favorite outdoor activity?  "I love skiing at Breck with my family.  Anywhere in Colorado really, I just love being in the mountains."