The best beer experience.
The best people.
Since I am the author of this page, I get to say whatever I want about myself. Born and raised down the tracks in Staples, MN, I have more recently been a stay at home dad for 15 years. The next thing I did was open a brewery. ‘Nuff said! No really, it’s always been a passion of mine to create something, other than 3 children and household chaos with my forgetfulness and frequent tirades on how our house is such a mess, while most of it is my fault. Just ask my youngest about the time I forgot to pick him up from practice. 1 time out of several hundred times I remembered to get him. I wonder what he will remember more. Not fair!
Taproom Manager/Event Coordinator
Yes, her title is long, and so are her duties. Holly came to the rescue of Dan and Mark, who haphazardly tried to manage events, staff, finances, social media, etc…. She has not only brought a breath of fresh air to the Roundhouse crew with her experience in the industry, but she brings a level of organization and enthusiasm to the taproom managing events so all the Roundhouse Faithful who need yet another reason to visit us, have frequent and various reasons to do so. So check out our events calendar, and sign up for our newsletter. You will see Holly’s work at hand. And visit the taproom, you will see the fruits of her awesomeness.
If 2 graves are good, 3 is better, right? Kelson rounds out the family Grave here at Roundhouse. You will find Kelson working his tail off to get you the brew you want, keeping the place looking great, and always willing to share a story. He can have a conversation about anything, but his love is music. Try to stump him with some Rock Trivia, have him do a little air guitar. Kelson will put you at ease knowing you are drinking the best beer in Brainerd!
When Tyler isn’t fixing things related to the comfort of our homes, he is either slinging brews or dealing Cribbage at Roundhouse. Our own personal dealer of happiness, weather in the form of beer, combinations of 15 and double runs, or smiles, he is THE man! Always with a story to tell, Tyler brings a positive spin on anything. Try to stump him, I dare you.
CFO/Pretty Face/Good Cop
Why does Dan get the title Good Cop? Because that’s his nature. You can’t have a conversation with Dan and not laugh. Impossible! Dan brings years of business experience to the table, as well as great fun and inspiration. Also from Staples, Dan works tirelessly (well, almost) to keep this train on the right track. It’s a business after all, but it should be fun. Dan keeps our priorities straight. Without him, this train takes another track.
When she walked through the door, I was scared. Some background AC/DC music was going through my head. Then she spoke, we chatted, and the rest is history. You might think Christine is easy to spot because she’s 6’1”, but a brief conversation with her and you will realize she’s damn good at anything she does, and that is her gift. And at Roundhouse, she makes you feel at home, she remembers your favorite brews, she listens to your stories and puts you at ease. Unlike many AC/DC songs.
Like many a Roundhouse employee, Bobbi was a regular customer who wanted to see how things went behind the bar. And we are thrilled she did. Where there is Chuck, there is beer. Where there is light, there is sun. And where there is stuff to do, there is Bobbi. If you see Bobbi behind the bar, try to pin her down. Seriously, I bet you can’t! She’s a busy body and our non-stop in-house energizer bunny. The more people, the merrier. She loves being busy, so try to keep her happy by ordering another pint.
Deb is the newest member of the Choo Choo Brew Crew. New to us, but tons of experience in the service industry. And guess what, she loves beer! So not only will she serve it, she’ll tell you about it, educate you on it, and she’ll make sure each pint you have will be a positive experience. Her knowledge and work ethic make her a fantastic addition to our crew. Cheers Deb!
Originally from Staples (do you see a connection here?), Chuck is no stranger to hard work. Growing up in a farming and railroading household with 5 siblings, Chuck is the life blood of Roundhouse. We are thrilled his life’s path has brought him to us. His experience and knowledge mixed with his creativity means not only will you get more traditional brews of exceptional taste, but you will also likely see one-off’s which will leave you saying “Yummy!” and thinking, “How does he do that?” Chuck spends his time brewing, cleaning, creating, and all things related to the production of our brews. No hair nets necessary!
Yep, we wear many hats at Roundhouse. When Jeff isn’t complimenting his wife, Christine behind the bar with witty banter, detailed beer knowledge, and usually a good story or 2, he is Chuck’s right hand man. Brewing and managing the brewhouse is probably a 4-person job. Thankfully, Jeff can do the work of 2 people when needed. Ask him about his home brewing. And motorcycles, his other passion.
When Mary isn’t managing things at a local elementary school, she is keeping track of things at Roundhouse. Mary came to us with a smile and such great energy it’s inspiring. She brings a level of enthusiasm few have. Her positive attitude is contagious. I dare you to try to have a conversation with her and leave feeling worse. Really? Who wants to do that anyways?