Co-Founder and Master of Minutiae
Andy has the most years in school relative to the rest of the team, and thus also has the most extensive beer consumption experience. This qualification alone should probably suffice, but luckily he also obtained a law degree and some experience in the regulatory field before jumping into the brewing business. He’s also good at darts, which we feel is important. Andy’s dog, “Sugar,” is best known for eating garbage, bathroom products, and other people’s lunches. Her most developed skill is laying quietly in Andy’s office until the FedEx or UPS man comes.
Ken’s role with the company often resembles a giant, friendly, beer soaked amoeba. We mostly brought him along for his enthusiasm — he sort of makes you feel like you have a really intense life coach when he’s around. In addition to his “LET’S DO THIS” motivational speeches, however, Ken is a vital cog in the Eagle Valley community (i.e. walking billboard), and has helped spread the word about Bonfire Brewing.
Dominatrix of Design
Every time you see something Bonfire Brewing related and think “hey, that’s cool,” chances are Amanda created it. An artist, web designer, person herder, and humble receiver of ridiculous nicknames, Amanda is the heart of our design, marketing, and promotion efforts. You may occasionally catch her tending bar at the tap room, where she goes by her stage name: “Manderpants.” ‘Pants is co-owner of Sugar, who she uses as an underwear disposal tool.
Adam fell in love with Colorado after short flings in 2011 and 2014. Now our “Yeast Overlord,” Adam began his Bonfire tenure as “Yeast Bitch,” interning in the summer of 2014. After crushing through a degree (with honors) in Fermentation Sciences at Appalachian State, he packed his Toyota and headed west for good. He now takes care of everything QA/QC related, including pH, cell counts, viability, and other sciencey words we don’t quite understand. As a bonus, he makes beer for us, and still brews at home for fun when he’s not on his bike. A stereotypical “geek” in all the good ways, strike up a conversation with him if you want to melt your brain.
Courier of Craft
Born and raised in Colorado, Jim entered the brewing industry with his brother, helping to get Mockery Brewing off the ground in Denver, CO. In love with the business but feeling a pull to the mountains, Jim settled in Eagle so he could continue to enjoy his semi-professional pursuits of kayaking, shooting, climbing, four-wheeling, and taking metaphorical long walks on the beach.
Jim is now responsible for the distribution of Bonfire beer across Eagle County. As a bonus, when we found out that he took apart and rebuilt off-road race cars as a teenager, we appointed him head of vehicle maintenance as well. This, coupled with his undisputed champion-level beard, make Jim an all around great addition to the Bonfire team.
Co-Founder and Beverage Engineer
Let’s not beat around the proverbial bush here — Matt was the mastermind behind our original 100% hand-built brewing system and our creative recipes. He also led the way on the original expansion at Second St., and the massive construction project that resulted in the facility at Chambers. Equal parts welder, electrician, plumber, and engineer, there is very little he can’t tackle, although we’ve yet to see him wrestle a bear. On a side note, we don’t allow bears at the brewery. At least not until we get some seats that could comfortably accommodate them. Matt’s dog, “Biggie” came on board in the summer of 2013 and immediately went to work sleeping. He occasionally makes an effort to carve pieces of wooden furniture more to his liking, and sometimes entertains the thought of running for more than 30 seconds.
Phil is a passive investor who thinks we’re going to make him rich. Seriously? Didn’t you notice he has the same uncommon, frequently misspelled, last name as Andy? Phil injected the first dose of start-up cash for the company and holds a revered position in Bonfire Brewing’s long, storied history. Without him, we’d still just be Chiminea Brewing.
Hailing from North Carolina by way of London, England, Josh is an avid supporter of all things Tarheel, and avidly not a supporter of all things Duke. Equal parts Bill Nye the Science Guy, plainclothes redneck, and dive-bar stand up comic, Josh handles sales in the mountains for Bonfire. From BBQ, to bikes, to lingerie, to mountain retail, and finally, to beer, Josh’s career arc has landed him with us, where he can respectfully hone his sports trash-talking vernacular while pushing our brand across the hills.
Professor of Packaging
Born and raised in Chicago, Aaron began doing all the things that would ultimately prepare him for a fruitful career with Bonfire at a very young age. A skier by the age of 4, homebrewer by 19, and mechanical engineer straight out of college, he came to us tailor-made for fulfilling the role of smart guy and packaging/cellar/warehouse manager. When he isn’t losing hair over us being out of Firestarter again, he’s snow/split boarding, mountain biking, hiking, traveling, and generally doing things that go well with craft beer.