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.
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."
Carrie Knose, Owner/Go-to-Girl
Carrie has QA/QC experience in the brewing industry, has several brewing competition podium finishes and has collaborated on brews with several breweries on the West Coast. Her beer-nerd profile really starts to shine when we tell you this: She has kept over 10 years of personal tasting notes cataloging the various styles of beers she has had the opportunity to try across the world. 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."
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.
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.
Gillette (aka Dave 2.0) 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?
Mar is in love with Howie from the Backstreet Boys.
Mar is "living larger than life" in the brewing industry and "she wants it that way". Someday she hopes to share her creepy hope chest full of pictures with Howie, and have his babies.
Meet Dave, the guy who takes the #giterdun list and shows it who's boss. From hanging cabinets to selling beer, he's on it. His background is so varied that we will sum it up in the following phrase: He's a homebrewing machine that moonlights in national broadcasting. He just earned his MBA at Colorado State and is excited to be working in the shiny beer industry. Dave & his wife have traveled to 25 countries and hope to instill the travel bug in their children so they too can appreciate the diversity of humanity. On the weekends when they aren't in another country, he can be found ripping the back bowls of Vail or snow plowing Schoolmarm with his son at Keystone. In the summer? He can be found tinkering with his Jeep... or on the trails breaking it!
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!"
Kasey is like the rarest of Pokemon. Hard to find, but he does exist. Believe it or not, Kasey still works here.
She insisted we use her high school yearbook photo.
She also insisted we use her high school photo.
This girl got a 1972 Chevelle as an engagement ring.
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.