Craft Republic aims to provide market access to innovative and quality focused craft beverage brands.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
Katie joined the Republic with 10 plus years’ experience with craft beer, wine, and whiskey, most recently as the Tasting Room Manager of James Beard Semifinalist Side Project Cellar. Her passion for craft and knowledge of the industry made her a perfect fit for the team. Katie received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and hails from Minneapolis. Currently, she lives in St. Louis City with her significant other Matt and their dog, Moses, cheering for the Badgers and Packers with fervor. Katie joined the Craft Republic team to grow and learn in a professional, thought-provoking environment, all while educating and introducing consumers to everything involved with this beautifully awesome thing we call craft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joe of All Trades
Joseph is our Kansas City Delivery Driver, Draft Tech, and Merchandiser; our Joe of All Trades! When Joe is not handling the needs of the KC market, he can be found on the patios of KC with his dog Goose. Most often, you'll find him drinking a sour ale or IPA. He loves to travel and recently hiked a volcano in Mexico. Mexico City is one of his favorite places to explore. An avid music lover, he and his girlfriend attend as many concerts as they can.