What? 

Craft Republic aims to provide market access to innovative and quality focused craft beverage brands.

How? 

Our team will work in a professional sales manner to execute our high standards. Our staff will continually learn and educate our customers on our brands and industry. Being responsive to our customer needs and accountable to our supplier partners is critical to further developing our partnerships.

Why?

We want to be an industry respected, customer loved, and commercially successful craft beverage distributorship, that always strives to have the best team in craft beer distribution.

 


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Brian Dix
Owner/Operator

In his own words, “What was my craft beer moment? It has been many years since I tasted my first Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA. I can still remember catching that first aromatic blast as I poured it into my favorite glass. What a beauty! An intense, beautiful monster, with huge resinous hop flavor, intense hop aroma, yet a wonderful malt balance, and a vibrant deep orange color. I'll never forget that moment. It changed my direction.

Beer is personal. For me it's been a part of my life for so long it's an old friend. I've played a lot of roles over the years and drank a lot of beers. I've been account side, a brewery rep managing a large distributor network, a division director and a vice president. Driving the idea of Craft Republic forward from concept to business start-up has been the most rewarding professional experience of my life.

Craft Republic is about changing the game - to embrace the entrepreneurial founders of America’s craft breweries and be an advocate for the quality, innovation, and new ideas they stand for. If it weren't for ingenuity we wouldn't be drinking massive wine & whiskey barrel aged beer from cans right now. The American business renaissance has roots here and I'm excited to see and sell what comes next.”


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Katie Lange
Central Command

Katie’s professional background consisted of just the right combination of skills to juggle the many tasks the Central Command position entails. Those skills, in addition to her love of St. Louis, passion for local business and interest in the craft beer community, made her transition into the Craft Republic family a natural one. A born and raised St. Louisan, Katie lives in South City with her dog, Lucy and 2 cats, Olivia and Michael J. Cat. She has close ties to the St. Louis music scene and loves to travel. When she isn’t at a show or planning her next adventure, Katie can be found volunteering, entertaining friends & family and exploring new places.


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Roy Cook
Special Ops

Roy handles behind the scenes projects as the Special Ops Manager, making sure our warehouse runs smoothly, inventory is correct, and orders are flowing out to our customers efficiently and accurately. He spent the last decade in Wholesale and Logistics, which makes him more than capable to handle the fluctuating inventory of specialty product at Craft Republic. Outside of work, Roy is an avid outdoorsman who loves hiking and backpacking. In addition to his enthusiasm for craft beer, Roy experiments creating whiskey in his own copper still. We can’t wait to try some of his creations!


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Ryan Rakel
Beer Traffic Controller

Born and raised in St. Louis, Ryan has been working in the craft beer industry for the last ten years. His love of beer is a result of home brewing with his grandpa in the garage, an obsession with Irish pub culture, and deep respect for the brewing history of STL. After graduating from Wash U, Ryan had brief stints as a “pirate” and “range rat” but realized his heart belonged in STL. Ryan is proud of his St. Louis roots and has dug in, living in South city with 4 crazy girls, his wife, two daughters and white fluffy muppet of a dog. When not working with amazing craft beverages or spending time with his family, Ryan enjoys cooking, golf, other sports like hockey, baseball and soccer, pretending to be able to fly fish, and being outside. Ryan looks forward to making the food and beverage culture of our beloved city even more amazing than it already is.


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Nick Pepera
Account Manager

Nick joined the Republic bringing tons of skills, energy and experience from a variety of industries, including the technology field; but it's his passion for craft that we love the most. As an account manager and marketer at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, he became even more involved in the industry. His easy-going manner allows him to educate others on the intricacies of craft without overwhelming them. When Nick isn't checking out local bars, restaurants, and breweries, he can be found playing sports, watching movies or spending time with loved ones.


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Dave Muser
Account Manager

Dave’s interests can be summed up in three words: beer, music and daughter. A proud father of one, Dave resides in St. Louis. His sales and distribution background coupled with a passion for everything craft beer made him a natural fit for our growing team. When he’s not selling beer or on dad duty, you can find him playing with his band, The Grooveliner. 


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Dave "Panda" Scarmana
Account Manager

Dave got his introduction to the craft beer world after moving back to the Midwest from Los Angeles in 2008 as a brewer for Crown Valley Brewing Company in Ste. Genevieve, MO. It was during his time at Crown Valley when Dave got his infamous nickname “Panda”. Dave went on to become a brewer and sales rep for Charleville Brewery before returning to school to get his BA in Business Administration & Marketing. Most recently, Dave has been the Director of Sales & Marketing for Heavy Riff Brewing company. He and his wife Ashleigh love to travel to spend time with family and friends all over the country. You can also find them around town at a concert or at one of their favorite breweries. 


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Brian Devine
Captain of Quality

Brian is our Captain of Quality; he ensures our draft line cleaning standards meet or exceed the Brewers Association Standards. He developed his enthusiasm for craft beer over 17 years ago, after having his first Schlafly Pale Ale and New Belgium Fat Tire. When he's not working hard to maintain the quality and integrity of our brands, you can find him spending time with his wife, Sara, and son, Dylan. He enjoys exploring local eateries and brewpubs as well as enjoying and playing music around town. Additionally, Brian and his friends home brew their own recipes regularly. He plans to take his career path in the direction of working toward a Master Cicerone and eventually opening a brewery someday.


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William Woods
Delivery Driver Extraordinaire

Will is experienced and efficient with years of experience in the industry. He’s the man everyone loves to see as that means a delivery from Craft Republic has arrived! We call him Mr. Hustle! When he's not dropping delicious products off at accounts, Will enjoys exploring the world around him. Be it traveling with his long-term love, Amanda, to hiking, fishing, attending concerts and visiting new breweries (his favorite styles of beer are stouts and especially sours; he wants to experience it all.


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TJ Bundrett
Account Manager

TJ is our Kansas City Account Manager and has been a Certified Cicerone since 2015. He had his first beer with his grandfather in Mexico after he convinced some local fisherman to take them out hand fishing. After returning with their catch, his grandfather handed him a Tecate. Being from KC, TJ's first exposure to craft beer was through Boulevard. From there he tried his hand at home brewing, and trying new beers. After college he worked a desk job and became a real life cube troll staring at numbers and spreadsheets all day. He knew he had to get out there and wanted to be part of the beer world, so he found a job as a merchandiser. Soon after that, he became a sales trainee and then beer sales rep with Standard Beverage. We're happy to have TJ and his lovely wife and daughter as part of the Craft Republic family. 


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Thomas Mullen
Delivery Driver Extraordinaire

Thomas is our everything man in KC. He delivers product to all of our KC accounts, merchandises, and cleans draft lines. Some of his other duties include managing inventory counts and making the weekly product transfer from STL to KC. When Thomas isn't working, you can find him spending time with his long term love, Danna, going to concerts, watching basketball and enjoying craft beer all around KC. 


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Shane Jesnowski
Draft Technician

Shane is our draft tech in KC. He is a craft beer enthusiast who was eager to get into the industry. His passion for learning all aspects of the business, combined with his technical skill and dedication to customer service, made him the perfect fit for our growing team. He covers the KC Metro making sure our draft accounts have clean lines and properly working draft systems to ensure the best quality craft beverage possible.