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Starr Hill Crew

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Founder & Master Brewer

Hometown:

Charlottesville, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Northern Lights

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

The Love and spicy Thai food

Favorite Song / Band:

Life Is A Carnival by the Band and Grateful Dead

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Two things come to mind. The first memory is selling the very first keg of Starr Hill ten years ago to C&O Restaurant in Charlottesville and being able to go there today and still enjoy Starr Hill on tap. The second is watching co-founder Kristin Dolan sell beer in the early days. She would always say that great beer is such a gift. That saying turned into our mission... The Gift of Great Beer.

Kristin Dolan

Kristin Dolan

Co-founder & Senior Pro

Hometown:

Boulder, CO

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Northern Lights

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Double Platinum and Nachos

Favorite Song / Band:

Kings of Belmont

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

There are so many... Starting out with an ugly broken down van and one really cool dude--Ross van Brocklin--to deliver beer and believing with all our hearts in the Gift of Great Beer.

Brian McNelis

Brian McNelis

Managing Director and VP of Brewery Operations

Hometown:

Williamsburg, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Starr Saison

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Beer & Pizza; Beer & Hot Dog; Beer & Seafood; Beer & Mexican food

Favorite Song / Band:

Too many to list them all but Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, U2, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are some at the top!

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

In the summer of 2010, I traveled to Crozet for a meeting with Mark Thompson, the founder of Starr Hill and its family of great American craft beers. I walked into the brewery to hear Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blues" playing throughout the facility. I thought it was some kind of sign because I have been a major Dylan fan since 1974. This guy comes riding up to me on a forklift after loading beer in a truck and says, "Can I help you?" I said, "Yes, I'm looking for Mark Thompson." The guy says with a laugh, "Look no further, that's me." Mark and I hit it off from the start, and a year later, he called to ask me to join the Starr Hill team. The right Dylan song, at the right time, is always a good sign.

Robbie O'Cain

Robbie O’Cain

Manager of Brewery Operations

Hometown:

Asheville, NC

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Whiter Shade of Pale

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Double Platinum and Spinach & Ricotta Pizza

Favorite Song / Band:

Otis Redding

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Road trip to Smooth Ambler in West Virginia to pick up bourbon barrels.

Pete Barry

Pete Barry

Manager of Operations Maintenance

Hometown:

Arlington, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Double Platinum

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Oysters on the half shell and Dark Starr Stout

Favorite Song / Band:

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Still makin' 'em.

Josh  Cromwell

Josh Cromwell

Business Manager

Hometown:

Midlothian, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Grateful

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Double Platinum and a medium-rare steak or filet

Favorite Song / Band:

Pig by Dave Matthews Band

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Roadtrippin’ to Smooth Ambler Spirits in WV in the sleet and snow with Robbie. We got a private tour of the distillery and awesome cocktails with John and Nik, then loaded up a trailer with 20 empty bourbon barrels to bring back to Crozet.

Allie Hochman

Allie Hochman

Marketing & Sales Support Analyst

Hometown:

Merrick, NY

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Whiter Shade of Pale

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Whiter Shade with Mexican or Thai food

Favorite Song / Band:

Coheed & Cambria

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Enjoying the first pint in the new Tasting Room.

Crystal Wesch

Crystal Wesch

Business Analyst

Hometown:

Eastern Shore, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Whiter Shade of Pale

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Northern Lights with a burger (preferably Jack Brown’s) & sweet potato fries

Favorite Song / Band:

Avett Brothers

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Any outing with the crew, my first Bonnaroo experience, birthday celebrations & working Floydfest, bringing Starr Hill to Front Porch Fest, and the list continues….

Dio Fazlali

Dio Fazlali

Team Lead - Warehouse Technician

Hometown:

Tehran, Iran

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Lucy

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Jomo and Pizza

Favorite Song / Band:

Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Just having the Gift of Great Beer end of your shift is the great memory of yesterday.

Trey Cherry

Trey Cherry

Brewer

Hometown:

Charleston, SC

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Dark Starr Stout

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Dank fish tacos with fried plantains and Dark Starr Stout

Favorite Song / Band:

Sublime

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Working with Timmy and Robbie everyday.

Skip Roberts

Skip Roberts

Packaging Technician

Hometown:

Charlottesville, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Cryptical

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Double Platinum and Lasagna

Favorite Song / Band:

Aesop Rock, Small Black, Tycho and STS9

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Working with Dio everyday!

Timmy Green

Timmy Green

Brewer

Hometown:

Charlottesville, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Pale Ale

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Chicken wings and any cold beer--like Pale Ale or Northern Lights

Favorite Song / Band:

Lovin' It by Little Brother

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Dumping water on Matt Briggs on his birthday!

Levi Erickson

Levi Erickson

Brewer

Hometown:

Belen, NM

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

The Love

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Green Chile Chicken Cheese Enchiadas and Festie

Favorite Song / Band:

Anywhere from Deftones to Mstislav Rostropovich

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Tasting the first batch of Monticello from the fermenter right before bottling. The culmination of beer research and development.

Alan Hagen

Alan Hagen

Packaging Technician

Hometown:

Redwood City, CA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Dark Starr Stout

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Jomo and Bratwurst

Favorite Song / Band:

Badfish by Sublime

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Working at my first festival and meeting Starr Hill at Bonnaroo 2008. THe hospitality of the van Brocklins and everyone else there made me fall in love with the brand and the people.

Sam  McElwee

Sam McElwee

Brewer

Hometown:

Charleston, WV

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Double Platinum

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Michoacana tacos and Double Platinum

Favorite Song / Band:

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Working with the cellar team everyday and filtering The Gift during Hurricane Sandy.

Derek Young

Derek “D-Dog” Young

Brewer

Hometown:

Frostproof, FL

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Whiter Shade of Pale

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Little Red Roostarr with fresh bread, good quality salumi, and a good cheese

Favorite Song / Band:

Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Gram Parsons

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Being John Bryce for a day.

Derek Hornig

Derek “D2” Hornig

Packaging Technician

Hometown:

Afton, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Little Red RooStarr

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Double Platinum and Barbecue

Favorite Song / Band:

Pearl Jam

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Working with Skip

Stephen Czaplinski

Stephen Czaplinski

Packaging Technician

Hometown:

Fishersville, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Dark Starr Stout

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Beer and Pancakes

Favorite Song / Band:

Children of Bodom

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Working on that.

Chris Richards

Chris Richards

Brewer

Hometown:

Riverside, NJ

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Double Platinum

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Double Platinum with high-quality Grilled Cheese.

Favorite Song / Band:

Radiohead

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

The first time I heard the train thunder past the brewery.

Jeff Robinson

Jeff Robinson

Packaging Technician

Hometown:

Buena Vista, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Double Platinum

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Beer and Food

Favorite Song / Band:

Rush

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Assisting when Pete installed the new grain mill and attending the Lockn' Festival.

Travis Roberson

Travis Robertson

Brewer

Hometown:

Lake Charles, LA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Bourbon Barrel Cryptical

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Northern Lights and Split Pea Soup

Favorite Song / Band:

Bruce Springsteen, REM, The Smiths, Paul Weller, The Clash, New Order, Roth era Van Halen, Motown, Tom Petty, Huey Lewis, The News

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Going to shows at the old Starr Hill Music Hall on West Main Street when I first moved to Charlottesville.

Trey McCoy

Trey McCoy

Brewer

Hometown:

Rustburg, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Psycho Kilter

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Dark Starr and Carolina Barbecue

Favorite Song / Band:

George Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Bluegrass

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Catching a snake in the brewery.

Lewis Bickley

Lewis Bickley

Packaging Technician

Hometown:

Waynesboro, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Bourbon Barrel Cryptical

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Double Platinum and homemade mac'n'cheese.

Favorite Song / Band:

Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz.

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Top of the Hops Beer Festival and meeting the Starr Hill staff for the first time.

Mike Andres

Mike Andres

Market Manager, VA & SC

Hometown:

Roanoke, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Double Platinum

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Double Platinum and Steak (medium rare)

Favorite Song / Band:

Dirty Work by Steely Dan

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

When Nate remembered my name at DelFest after meeting him countless times before.

Alisha Ames

Alisha Ames

Market Manager, VA

Hometown:

Sterling, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Boxcarr

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Boxcar with Porter Cheesecake (great job Black Bear Bistro)

Favorite Song / Band:

Right now I am really feeling some Zac Brown Band

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

First time I went to the brewery on Main Street back when I was in college living behind the Corner. I never knew seeing that local band live there and drinking my first Starr Hill Jomo was going to change me so much! But that is what Starr Hill is all about. As Mark would say, his hope is that everyone tries a Starr Hill for the first time listening to a local band, and that is exactly how my journey started. I am sure that there will be many more to come, and I look forward to seeing several others try their first Starr Hill beer the same way!

Brian Shields

Brian Shields

Market Manager, PA

Hometown:

Conshohocken, PA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Northern Lights

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Northern Lights and Grilled Baja Fish tacos

Favorite Song / Band:

Older stuff like the Dead and the Allman Brothers, right now I’m listening to a lot of Railroad Earth, Greensky, and The Infamous Stringdusters

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

So far, it’s been a great ride working for Starr Hill. Being able to drink a Northern Lights at the Dave Matthews Band Concert when they came through Philly in December was pretty amazing. It was one of the best concerts I’ve seen in a while. The whole culture and environment that Starr Hill has created is definitely something I’m proud to be a part of.

William Donaldson

William Donaldson “Willy D”

Market Manager, TN

Hometown:

Montgomery, AL

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Northern Lights

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Northern Lights w/ Grouper (fried or baked) & grilled asparagus

Favorite Song / Band:

Jerry Garcia Band, “Let It Rock” & “Jack-A-Roe”

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

During my first sales meeting up in Crozet, VA, I had the privilege of taking a day-long tour of the brewery and our brewing process from ingredients to bottling. The tour was the coolest learning experience I have ever been a part of… especially the knowledge I learned from the brewmasters and mad scientists we have working in our brewery! A close second is getting to meet the Starr Hill Team for the first time at Bonnaroo 2012, enjoying great music with my co-workers was just too cool!

Jack Moyse

Jack Moyse

Market Manager, NJ

Hometown:

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Whiter Shade of Pale

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Clams/oysters on the half shell with Grateful Pale Ale

Favorite Song / Band:

"Migration" by Jimmy Buffett

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Hosting our NJ wholesalers at the brewery and introducing them to everything Starr Hill, which included Yacht Rock Revue at the Jefferson Theatre… who would think you go to Charlottesville and come home with a new Captain’s hat?!

Sara Godsey

Market Manager, NC

Hometown:

Charlotte, NC

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Little Red RooStarr

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Coffee cream stout and a Krispy Kreme donut

Favorite Song / Band:

Too hard to pick just one! I love Gary Clark Jr. right now, and I'm stoked he is playing at LOCKN' this year.

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

So far my favorite memory has been the Crew Drive in Atlanta during the major ice storm, and we nicknamed the city "Atlantartica." Even though the roads were shut down, we still wandered the neighborhoods by foot in search of open bars to share Starr Hill pints.

Kristina Leventis

Kristina Leventis

Sales Representative, MD

Hometown:

Baltimore, MD

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

The Love

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Of course, I want to say the best pairing of food and beer is the classic burger and a pint of cold, refreshing brew, but I will say I also enjoy a beer with Mexican food. A nice cold one along side fresh, beer battered fish tacos--move over Margarita!

Favorite Song / Band:

"Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Although it's only been a short while with Starr Hill, I can say I have already made so many memories and experiences. A memory that really made me feel like a part of the Starr Hill family was our company BBQ. Being able to officially meet everyone, throw back a few cold Festies, and indulge in some great food really made it official for me as part of the Starr Hill crew. Like Mark says: "It's not a job, it's a lifestyle."

Kayla Brereton

Kayla Brereton

Market Manager, GA

Hometown:

McFarland, WI

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Double Platinum

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Grilled salmon with Grateful Pale Ale

Favorite Song / Band:

“Brian Wilson” by Barenaked Ladies

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

It has only been a few months with Starr Hill but I can confidently say that I feel "at home." The passion and drive that lies within this company is evident in each and every one of our employees. My favorite memory thus far has to be our attempt at Launch Week Atlanta. Mark Thompson, Krissy, Sara, Willie, and I battled and survived Atlanta’s "snowpocalypse" together. After a couple of days of being stuck in Decatur, we tackled the iced-over roads by foot and pub crawled the city. Thanks to some dedicated pub owners, we were able to mingle with the locals, share a few pints, and enjoy the winter scene. All in all, the week turned out to be a great team bonding experience. Our main goal was to share Starr Hill’s gift of great beer, which without a doubt, we conquered. In the words of Mark Thompson, "Booyah!"

Natalie Roberts

Natalie “Natty Boo Boo” Roberts

Administrative Assistant

Hometown:

New York City, New York

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Double Platinum

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Turkey burger & Jomo Lager

Favorite Song / Band:

Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Going on a mini road trip with the Starr Hill fam down to Richmond for the Psycho Kilter Release Party and listening to Robbie sing along to Creed…priceless.

Gabe Strauss

Gabe Strauss

Tasting Room Manager

Hometown:

Charlottesville, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Dark Starr Stout

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Salty...

Favorite Song / Band:

Wilco or "No Speak No Slave" by Black Crowes

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Working FloydFest 2011.

Bill Rockwell

Bill Rockwell

Tasting Room Staff

Hometown:

Union, NJ

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Northern Lights

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Northern Lights and Mexican food

Favorite Song / Band:

Rock bands of the '70s

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Too early to tell

Erin Bruce

Erin Bruce

Tasting Room Staff & Brand Ambassador

Hometown:

Richmond, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Grateful

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Grateful Pale Ale & Grilled Cheese.

Favorite Song / Band:

Trampled By Turtles

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Working my first beer festival in Richmond, VA with Henry Young and Jeena Devasia. Representing Starr Hill and meeting all the other breweries from VA was a great experience!

CaLoni Vance

CaLoni Vance

Marketing and Special Events Intern

Hometown:

Winchester, VA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

The Love

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Northern Lights and a slice of Mellow Mushroom pizza!

Favorite Song / Band:

anything by The Head and The Heart

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

Definitely pouring Starr Hill beer at the Top of the Hops Beer Festival at the Pavilion downtown. It was so fun talking to all our awesome fans and sharing Starr Hill with the hundreds of people there!

Amelia Kiwanuka

Amelia Kiwanuka

Marketing and Special Events Intern

Hometown:

Norwood, MA

Favorite Starr Hill Beer:

Jomo

Beer & Food Pairing of Choice:

Pils and Popcorn

Favorite Song / Band:

any Mariah Carey song. ever

Favorite SH Event / Festival / Memory:

A pretty memorable experience for me and my biceps was me closing and opening the door to the elevator by myself. A true proud moment!