Brook grew up in North Dakota and lived for 5 years in Kolkata, India before settling in Milwaukee. He is a Senior Designer at Vetter Denk Architects, as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UWM’s School of Architecture & Urban Planning where he teaches design studios. The marketing & business side of Craft Beer is of particular interest to Brook – though the Architect in him can’t help but be tempted by the possibilities for great brewery design and the potential impact on the City. He lives in Shorewood with his wife and 2 sons.
The descendant of generations of Brewers Hill German Kettners, Theresa Catherine Kettner is an up and coming brewer in Milwaukee. She started in 2011, turning part of her lab space into a mini brewery, and is currently studying brewing at Siebel Institute, aiming at a Master Brewer title.
In another fermentation adventure, Theresa this past summer started test-marketing her Kombucha, much loved by friends and family, at the Westown Farmer’s market. After selling out every week, she was confident that expanding her production to commercial bottling may be a viable business.
With over a decade of brewing experience that has fueled my interest in the craft beer industry, I’m ready to make the leap of turning this passion into a career. I lived in Madison during the burgeoning craft beer market, where the Angelic was the local craft brewer, and I am excited to bring the same revolution to the Milwaukee market. Having three young boys and a forgiving wife, they have helped me pursue this dream knowing that it can be a success in this region. I grew up in this area and moved back because I wanted to raise a family here, but now I see that there is a chance to form a new community with the center being a craft beer experience.
I have been part of the home brewing community for about 2 years. I am a welder by trade and brew as often as possible on the weekends. I am at a point where I would like to make brewing beer more of a lifestyle rather than a hobby. I am interested to learn about recipe configuration along with what it takes to start a brewery. This program seems to be a perfect fit for just that, setting a foundation to someday start a micro-brewery here in southeastern Wisconsin.
My background is in corporate marketing and strategy and I have started two small businesses. Growing up in Milwaukee, I have always been proud of the city’s beer heritage and its resurgence led by craft brewers. My family has brewing ties to both Belgium and Milwaukee and I was attracted to the Barley to Barrel Incubator by not only the course offerings, but the excellent roster of mentors. I am looking forward to gaining a greater understanding of the mechanics of the craft beer business and turning my ideas into reality!
IT Manager by Day, Wine Maker by Night and Weekends. Owner of Pieper Porch Winery & Vineyard in Mukwonago. Home Wine Maker turned commercial and started a Winery. Very Interested in learning about the Brewing Industry
Gregg Mattek is an IT professional by trade, and currently spends his days in the cloud with customers all over Wisconsin. He and a number of friends and family have purchased an existing brewery and restaurant in Green Bay, and are excited to take over operations once the Packers finish their work on the new stadium district. He is looking forward to meeting other likeminded beer drinkers and makers during this class!