Tyrone’s expertise in beer was entirely self-taught and started as a hobby at home. Having graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Business Finance, he never expected his hobby to become a career. However, when a fishing trip with old friends turned into the Islamorada Beer Company, he used his knowledge to craft the different brews that perfectly capture the “Island state of mind™.” This along with Tyrone’s business degree, made him invaluable to the growth and success of the company, and he continues to work each day to make Islamorada Beer Company better than the day before.
Jose and the guys met at Florida Atlantic University, they spent a lot of long weekends, spring breaks, and summer vacations at the Sandbar. Not known for his fishing, Jose took on the responsibility of selling the beer and marketing it all throughout the Florida Keys, his role quickly had him driving throughout the State bringing an Island State of Mind™ to local bars. His experience and talent was vital in making the transformation from a small local brewery, to the fastest growing craft beer company in Florida. He is dedicated to making Islamorada Beer Company Beer a nationally recognized brand, and will work as many hours as necessary to make that a reality.
Nik’s passion for the Florida Key’s stemmed from his childhood, where he was always outdoors diving and fishing in its back yard. This connection to the island and community stayed with Nik over the years. When the founders created Islamorada Beer Company, it was important to him that with every Islamorada beer, you could experience the same mindset of easygoing and relaxed living. With each sip, you were not only able to let go of your worries, but could also truly appreciate the unique culture of the Keys. Life on the island meant more than just the sandy beaches and sunny sky, it was also the community of people brought together that attributed to the special atmosphere.
Raised as a Florida Key local, Chris grew up down the street from co-founder Nik Schroth. Both attended University of Central Florida, but Chris transferred to Florida Atlantic University after a year. They remained friends despite the distance, and while on a fishing trip together with Nik, Tyrone and Jose, they created the simplest of ideas. This idea was to brew a beer that not only tasted good but also encapsulated the easy going, always warm and sunny life style that he had always enjoyed in the Keys. Chris currently resides in Islamorada with his wife Whitney and their son Turk.
As a devoted member of the team, Stephanie has been with the company since the beginning. Born in Delaware, she originally moved down to the Florida keys to pursue her career as a diving instructor, however it was her enthusiasm for beer and brewing that ultimately led her to accept the job as brewer for the Islamorada Beer Company. Her creativity and knowledge has allowed our beer to become a staple in the Island culture, and she constantly pushes herself to brew each batch better than the last. While this is her main focus, she can also be seen pouring beer and spreading her knowledge to the customers who pass through our brewery.
As the Head Brewer at our Fort Pierce location, Patrick has worked diligently to ensure that the new brewery will be up and running by its Grand Opening in August. Raised in Virginia, he worked his way up to head brewer at two separate companies, Blue & Grey Brewing Company and Beltway Brewing Company, before bringing his expertise to Islamorada. Having lived all his life in Virginia, he was fascinated by the sunny weather and sandbars of the Florida Keys, and was easily convinced to give up the snowy winters. Now, Patrick has adapted to the Island lifestyle and fully enjoys all aspects of Island living. His enthusiasm for his work is evident, and his addition to the Islamorada team invaluable.
Steve began brewing in college to sidestep the fact he was below the legal drinking age. This callow attempt to circumvent the law transformed into a full time hobby and passion. After graduating college and working four years in accounting and finance, he began professionally brewing at a production facility outside of DC. Attracted to Islamorada’s accessible and easy-drinking beer styles, he considers himself fortunate to be one of the newest members of the team. Like Nik always said, “It’s not a lifestyle, it’s a way of life.”
Beginning with a career in bartending, Joe cultivated his knowledge and taste of craft beer and eventually moved on to a distributing opportunity with Eagle Brands in 2013. Joe’s outgoing and personable demeanor distinguished him as a perfect member for the Islamorada Beer Company team, where he works tirelessly to foster excellent client relationships, oversee and manage events throughout Florida, and effectively promote the Islamorada Beer Company brand. Joe’s generous smile, humor, and dedicated work ethic make him the perfect man for the job because he goes the extra mile [marker] to make every experience better than the last. Growing up in South Florida, he would visit the Keys and frequented Islamorada. He soon found their hospitality, community pride, and love of life refreshing. This revelation to him meant “Living the Dream” can come naturally working at the Islamorada Beer Company.
Before coming on board with the Islamorada Beer Company team, Crystal always had a passion for beer and spent eight years of experience working in the industry back in North Carolina where she is from. It’s no shock she found the local brewery in town when she moved to the keys last year and made her first friend, Stephanie, the head brewer at the beer company. After many visits she was recruited to join the team. Crystal described it as “a perfect fit”, because of the relaxed island vibes and the superb staff. In addition to mingling with visitors, Crystal spends her time learning from and assisting the Head Brewer Stephanie Harper, as well as working with a local paddleboard company as an eco tour guide and beach bum. When Crystal isn’t working you can find her out on the water with her husband fishing and teaching paddleboard yoga.
A student at the University of Miami, Claire ensures that Islamorada Beer Company is represented at festivals with the highest standard of professionalism. Everyone that samples our beers leave with a lasting “Island State of Mind™” impression. From her experience in management to her enthusiasm for promoting the Islamorada Beer Company brand, Claire creates an informative and relaxed environment for every new or returning taster.
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