Chris is the Co-Founder and Brew Master at SLBC. Before opening their doors, Chris was a self-taught homebrewer for 8 years. When he's not brewing, you can find Chris in the mountains, shredding on his bike or skis.
Nicole is also a Co-Founder and the Taproom manager. Nicole moved to Tahoe in 2002, where she met her husband and fellow beer-lover, Chris Smith. For years, she pursued a career in engineering but always wanted to start her own business in Tahoe. Whether she's drinking beer, snowboarding, hiking, or hanging with the family, Nicole will be making the most out of each and every day.
Ethan is our Operations and Sales Manager. Originally from the east coast, Ethan was introduced to the craft beer community when taking a college course on the "Biology of Beer." A growing craft-beer scene and endless rock-climbing opportunites are what drew him to South Lake Tahoe this past December.
Amy is one of our many friendly and adventurous beertenders. She is a very seasonal beer drinker/adventurer. In the winter, you can find Amy shredding the slopes or sipping on a nice IPA. Where as in the summer Amy prefers biking, paddleboarding, and drinking lighter beers.
Also known as Gdub, G.W. is one of our taproom beertenders. What interested him in the craft beer scene was the passion he saw in craft brewers to make great beer. You'll find him on the mountains all year, whether that means mountain biking in the summers and snowboarding in the winters.
Kristin is our Social Media Marketing Manager and a taproom beertender. She has Nicole and Chris to thank for introducing her to the craft beer scene. Originally a sour beer fan, her now preferred choice of beer on a hot summer day is a crisp IPA. Aside from beer, Kristin loves all-things yoga, nature, exploring, and everything in between.
Nolan Van Herk
Nolan is our Cellarman and a beertender. Partial to pales, Nolan is happiest when drinking the hoppiest of beers. When he's not at the brewery, you can find him rock climbing around the Tahoe basin or ski touring during the snow season.
Robin is one of our beertenders and long-term friend of Chris and Nicole. She was introduced to the craft beer scene in college, when the trio and a handful of friends preferred beer-tasting over wine tasting. Robin's favorite thing about working at SLBC is when new-to-beer drinkers come in and they aren't sure what to order. She loves asking them questions and making recommendations of different styles of beer to try.
Ken is our financial advisor and part-time beertender. His son-in-law, Chris, introduced Ken to craft beer during his many years of home-brewing. On a nice day, you'll find Ken sitting at the pool or beach, reading a good book, and taking in the views. When bartending, he loves striking up a conversations with locals and visitors alike.