Owner/Operator of The NABCs/Sister of Kate
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Owner/Operator of The NABCs
I have worked for one company in my life, which is this one. As you can imagine, many hats must be worn in this line of work, and I believe I do a little bit of every single thing, each and every day. I met my husband, Jeff Lewison, when he started as a dishwasher in 1996. We were married in 2001 and have an heir and a spare: Ryan and Seth. My mom is the reason we three have ownership in this company; her name is Sharon O’Connell, but we all just call her mom. My sister/partner/best friend is another reason I live to work: Amy and I are Irish twins, a year apart in age. Roger Baylor has been my brother-in-law, then ex-brother-in-law, but a business partner that I consider a friend and look up to on occasion (just don’t tell him that, it’ll go to his head). I love the team we have built. As they say, some players may change, but the game is still the same, and I think I’m winning!
Roger A. Baylor
Carnival Barker and Owner/Operator of The NABCs
Roger’s career in beer began in 1983, when his philosophy degree from Indiana University Southeast landed him a job at Scoreboard Liquors, a long forgotten package store in New Albany. From these early days stocking one cooler door with imports, he’s become acknowledged as a regional leader in the craft beer movement.
Since 1992, Roger has been a co-owner of New Albanian Brewing Company and its on-premise arms, NABC Pizzeria & Public House and NABC Bank Street Brewhouse. He is certified by the Beer Judge Certification Program, has written beer columns for the News and Tribune, Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO), Food & Dining magazine and LouisvilleBeer.com, and remains an inveterate lover of pub life and beer-oriented travel.
David R. Pierce
NABC Director of Brewing Operations
As a wise man once observed, there is no substitute for experience, and when David joined the NABC team in 2009 to inaugurate Bank Street Brewhouse, he brought more than a quarter-century of brewing experience and expertise, as well as an unquenchable passion for all things beer. Indisputably, David is one of the founding fathers of craft beer in the metropolitan Louisville area.
During an earlier career in commercial construction, David was an avid homebrewer. His first professional brewing job came in 1992 with the opening of the Silo Brewpub, Louisville’s first craft brewery. At the Silo, he garnered his first pro beer competition recognition, with a silver medal for Spiced Ale at the 1993 Great American Beer Festival.
David left the Silo for Bluegrass Brewing Company, which opened in October 1993 and soon became Louisville’s go-to microbrewery. While at BBC (1993-2009), he won a total of nine medals for beers entered into commercial brewing competitions at the Great American Beer Festival, the Real Ale Festival and the Colorado International Microbrew Competition. His American Pale Ale and Bearded Pat’s Barleywine remain certified Louisville classics of the contemporary era.
While at BBC, David began yet another parallel career during the 1990’s microbrewery boom, utilizing his construction experience as a representative of DME Brewing Services. He coordinated and installed 25 breweries, ranging from three to 30 barrels in size, including one microbrewery in Ireland.
Upon joining NABC in early 2009, David’s extensive experience in brewing, installation and construction came together to facilitate our expansion. He has been indispensable in overseeing all aspects of NABC’s growth as a brewery, which is why no one complains when he subjects the brewery crew to Primus.
Ben Minton was once given the key to the city of New Albany by then Mayor Doug England … for reasons he can’t quite recall.
He thinks he might even know where it is … probably in a drawer at his parents’ house. He should look for that sometime.
A faithful employee since 2004.
Doer of science.
Maker of beers.
From the moment Josh washed up on the shores of New Albania, it was assumed he would diligently work his way through the ranks, from waitron to Brewery Sales Rep, before eventually landing the coveted position of Brewery Badass – and miraculously, it actually happened exactly that way. A dedicated follower of fashion, Josh moonlights as a Chicago Cubs fan. He worships hops.
After succumbing to the lusty temptations of homebrewing some years ago, Peter’s appetite for the craft has been difficult to satiate. He has had no choice but to follow his palate wherever it takes him, and thankfully, it has landed him at NABC, where he has begun brewing professionally — especially useful for Peter given that homebrewing is not the most profitable hobby, monetarily speaking (though he does seem to have gotten a few more friends in the process).
Aside from beer, Peter loves his wife, his cats, books, film, and cookies. His least favorite beers are Shock Top and Blue Moon. His favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is Michaelangelo. He likes to listen to metal. He doesn’t like wearing shorts. Most people probably think he is lame, but he is okay with that. He is a lover of most things and a brewer at heart. That is all.
NABC Brewery Representative
Blake started his illustrious career in the mental health field, where he counseled kids and families and nut jobs for nearly 13 years. After a major meltdown with the FSSA and managed Medicaid funding hit his group homes, Blake left the political red tape machine behind and went into media sales, subsequently spending his time at Hoosier AM/FM Radio (Kokomo IN) as Digital Sales Manager, and also performing all other tasks related to radio.
When not working (and sometimes while working), Blake enjoys to raise a pint or two of craft beer. He even orchestrated a craft beer festival in Kokomo known as KokoPalooza which won best event in Howard County a few years back.
Blake is married to his soulmate, Kimberley who is from New Albany and an avid Porter and Stout girl. They have been together for over 13 years and have one son, Cole Aiden. Kimberley and Cole are stoked about the move to New Albany to be home with family.
Blake’s hobbies include sports of all kinds, cigar smoking, and of course really good beer. His favorite teams are the Kansas Jayhawks; Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins; and the Boston Celtics.
Feel free to email him, friend him on Facebook or buy him a beer while at the Pub.
Graphic Illustrator … Designer … Man of Action
Born during a volcanic eruption, Anthony Beard is a mountain of a man at 5 foot 8 inches and weighs in at a mind-numbing 160+ pounds. He began his artistic career by never taking an art class in high school or college, and it shows.
After graduating from college and saddling his parents with debt, Anthony hit the ground running by getting fired every three months from each job he managed to land. After three years of historic job hemorrhages (including, but not limited to: Mail Clerk, Graphic Designer, Unemployment Beneficiary, Web Designer & Substitute Teacher), he was nuzzled into the warm inviting bosom of the New Albanian Brewing Company as a pizza mechanic.
After a four-year stint in pizza repair, Anthony was promoted to deck-hand/cellerman. He then moved to New Zealand for six months on a diplomatic mission. After deeply offending the Maori people he was asked to crawl back to the United States as punishment. Upon his return, The NABC awarded him with the title of drawer/graphic illustrator, and he clutches it in his horrid talons to this very day.
If Anthony hadn’t made it at the New Albanian Brewing Company, he probably would have made a career out of disappointing his parents, which he still does from time to time as side work.
Anthony’s main artistic influences include beer, whiskey, and whiskey. One piece of advice he would like to give all aspiring beer label designers is that there are some pretty good tutorial videos on Youtube, especially on how the pen tool works in Adobe Illustrator. In his spare time he punches destiny in the ear hole. He also won forty bucks in a poker game last week, which is pretty awesome. His favorite food is peanut butter, but not the crunchy kind. His tears taste of regret, failure, and salt. Please do not try to contact him, ever. The doctors don’t know what it is yet, but it’s probably not good, and it might be contagious.
Executive Chef and General Manager, Bank Street Brewhouse
“I love to support local farmers and operations. Part of my philosophy as a chef is to use the best locally produced ingredients that are produced organically in the right way and to showcase the natural flavors of the product. The product itself must shine and must not be overshadowed by how it is used. Technique is always at the forefront of my work and I constantly strive to produce a better product.”
Billie makes sure the pizzas keep baking, as well as 1,001 other things that need to get done on a daily basis.
Beer Manager/ Partial Cellarman
Eric started working at NABC in 2007. He was hired to fill a dishwashing spot for Gravity Head. After 3+ years working in other people’s filth, he took over the beer manager job along with Ben Minton in 2010.
Early in 2011 NABC started bottling, and while Eric wasn’t there for the archaic three-headed monster beginnings, he started helping out once the Meheen Merlin filler came on line. Ben moved up to the position of R & D Brewer, which meant more work for Eric on the beer manager end, in addition to duties as cellarman. In his own words:
“All in all, what I really do for NABC is just fill in when needed. That can mean running a bottling line, cleaning a mash tun, and putting some beer on tap all in the same day. Trust me on this, though: Working in a brewery, or for a brewery, is probably the best job one could hope for. I’m at the Pizzeria & Public House practically every day, so don’t be shy — I’m always looking for a good excuse to raise a pint or two.”
Prost & Special Events Coordinator
If you’re looking to schedule a special gathering or arrange a party, Reva’s the one to speak with. Her name has one “v” and no bees.
Pub Manager, Lead Server, and Husband of Kate
Jeff makes sure the food and drink make it to you.