Chris Smith of South Lake Brewing Company in Lake Tahoe

Chris Smith

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 Smith of South Lake Brewing Company in Lake Tahoe

Nicole Smith

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 Lennox of South Lake Brewing Company in Lake Tahoe

Ethan Lennox

Ethan is our Operations 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 opportunities are what drew him to South Lake Tahoe at the end of 2016.

Nolan Van Herk of South Lake Brewing Company in Lake Tahoe

Nolan Van Herk

Nolan is our Cellarman, brewer, and part-time 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.

Ken Riegel of South Lake Brewing Company in Lake Tahoe

Ken Riegel

Ken is our sales manager and financial advisor. 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. Ken is primarily responsible for tripling our distribution channel in 2018!

Kristin Riegel of South Lake Brewing Company in Lake Tahoe

Kristin Riegel

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.

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Amy Lumley

Amy is our Assistant Taproom Manager and one of our many friendly and adventurous beertenders. She is a very seasonal beer drinker and adventurer. In the winter, you can find Amy shredding the slopes or sippin’ on a nice IPA. Where as in the summer Amy prefers biking, paddle boarding, and drinking lighter beers.

Royce Bailey of South Lake Brewing Company in Lake Tahoe

Royce Bailey

Growing up immersed in the craft beer scene, Royce didn’t have a choice but to love quality beer since day one. From having a cousin who owns Maui Brewing Company, to growing up in San Diego, craft beer is practically in his blood. Royce reached out to the owners while still living in San Diego and sure enough, moved out to South Lake a couple months later to join the team. Whether he’s delivering kegs around town or serving beer behind the bar, you will always find Royce with a big smile his face!

Robin Blair of South Lake Brewing Company in Lake Tahoe

Robin Blair

Robin is one of our beertenders and longtime 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 making recommendations of different styles of beer to try.

G.W. McDaniel of South Lake Brewing Company in Lake Tahoe

G.W. McDaniel

Also known as Gdub, G.W. is one of our taproom beertenders and recently part-time driver. 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.

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Jason Pera

Jason Perea is one of our newest bartender's, as well as Head of Events. He is originally from Petaluma, CA, but now calls Lake Tahoe his home. Not only does he love beer, but Jason also loves snowboarding and the great outdoors!

John Bates of South Lake Brewing Company in Lake Tahoe

John Bates

Originally from San Diego, John Bates has been exposed to the craft beer scene for quite some time now. He moved to the Lake Tahoe region back in 2016 and has no plans of leaving anytime soon. Other than slinging' beer, you can find him shredding the various mountains around the lake or hiking the many trails.

Daniel Zuhlke of South Lake Brewing Company in Lake Tahoe

Daniel Zuhlke & Tuesday

Also known as Cheeks, Daniel's passion for craft beer expands from visiting over 100 breweries in 8 different countries over the years. Aside from his interest in craft beer, he is an avid nature-lover. Whether he's biking, hiking, running, SUPing, snowshoeing, etc. - Cheeks always tries to take advantage of the day outside. You will most likely find Tuesday, his lovable pup, by his side in or out of SLBC.

The dogs of South Lake Brewing Company in Lake Tahoe


The original brew dog, Barley, is the inspiration behind our English Mild - the Land Otter. A chocolate lab full of kisses, Barley loves hanging at the brewery when his parents, Nicole and Chris, are working. Long walks on the beach and hikes in the mountains are a must on their days off.

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Morgan loves brewing beer with his dad, Nolan, at the brewery. He also loves adventuring in the mountains, whether his dad is climbing or back country touring. This pup can't wait to catch some powder this winter! Hobbies include, chasing tail, smiling, and climbing mountains.