Our Team spends every day growing, dreaming about, brewing with, and cleaning up loads of yeast and bacteria that will one day brew you an excellent beer. Take a moment and get to know our team of brewers and yeast wranglers.
Name: Jeff Mello
Title: Founder/Chief Yeast Wrangler
Background: Starting homebrewing in 2010. Caught first Local Yeast in 2013. Politics and history junky.
Favorite Beer Styles: English cask ale, Lambics.
Favorite Bootleg Strain: The next culture we release, because that one is gonna be PHENOMENAL.
In high school I was sure I’d be: A&R Rep for a record label.
Favorite band in High School: Deftones.
Name: Erin Mello
Title: Founder/Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer
Background: Energy/environmental enginerd and data geek. Shirley’s Mom.
Favorite Beer Styles: Fruited sours in Summer. Porters in Winter. NO HOPS.
Favorite Bootleg Strain: Sour Weapon P. A lot of quick sours are bracingly acidic, but Pedio pentosaceus creates a gentle, rounded acid profile that compliments a subtle malt profile.
In high school I was sure I’d be: Professional sleeper. Fall back plan: Veterinarian.
Favorite band in High School: No one understands me like the Cranberries do.
Name: Isaac Brannon
Title: Lab Manager/Yeast Whisperer
Background: Homebrewing made me want to be a scientist, so here I am.
Favorite Beer Styles: German Pils. Life is all about subtle complexities.
Favorite Bootleg Strain: Saison Parfait. Saisons were a big part of my craft beer epiphany, and the first style I was obsessed with brewing.
In high school I was sure I’d be: Wearing pajama pants to work every day.
Favorite band in High School: Underoath (year pictured)
Name: Sam Wineka
Background: Homebrewing since 2008. Former president of the DC Homebrewers. Recovering journalist/flack.
Favorite Beer Styles: Well made IPAs and Negra Modelo Fanboi.
Favorite Bootleg Strain: S. Arlingtonesis. It’s a super versatile strain, able to ferment at both ale and lager temps. It’s become my go-to strain for anything clean.
In high school I was sure I’d be: Playing guitar before hoards of adoring fans by now.
Favorite band in High School: DMB….yeah, I know.