Meet our Brewers

Nate Johansing | Founder 

Steamboat local, World Brewing School graduate, former University of Vermont Ski Team Captain, musician, avid mountain biker, semi-avid surfer, and semi-pro arm wrestler. Nate runs the show at Butcherknife but you'll often find him waste deep in powder, trail running, or charging hard on his mountain bike. 

David Elrod | Head Brewer

David Elrod has been working in the craft beer industry for more than 20 years, and he has been home brewing for more than 25 years. In the mid 1990’s David began working at The Wine Company and eventually become the Beer Buyer there, winning three back-to-back Westword Best of Denver awards for the beer selection at a store known primarily for its wine. In 2017 David decided to begin the path toward becoming a professional brewer, and in April 2017 he completed the Concise Course in Brewing Technology, at Siebel. Having successfully completed the Concise Course, he enrolled in the twin-campus Master Brewer Program through the World Brewing Academy in August 2017. Today, David has begun preparations to sit for the Advanced Cicerone® Exam, which he believes will happen in 2018.

Certifications and Designations:

WBA Master Brewer
Certified Cicerone®
Doemens Beer Sommelier®

Grant McFarren | Assistant Brewer

Grant got his start at Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, NC. There he learned the in's & out's of making consistently great beer. While in Asheville, Grant obtained a degree with highest honors in Brewing, Distillation, & Fermentation from the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College. He is particularly proud of his capstone project, a grain-to-glass gin made with locally harvested spruce tips. It was damned delicious. Fortunately, life conspired to bring Grant back West and he found a new home brewing at Butcherknife in the fall of 2017.
 
Grant loves dry, aromatic IPAs, barrel-aged mixed culture ales and almost every other well-made beer. When not at Butcherknife, you can find Grant in the backcountry running, skiing or hiking with his fiance Katie and their radical dog Bowie.

Matt Troeger | #1 Assistant of Everything

Born in Steamboat Springs and graduated from the Steamboat Springs High School, Matt used to drive by Butcherknife when it was under construction and look into the windows - always hoping that one day he'd work here. Once the brewery opened, he stopped by to introduce himself (more than once) and pretty soon he was offered a job.

Sales Team

Erin Orr | Account Manager

Erin brings the life to party, and knows how to whip and nae nae with the best of them. Erin grew up drinking Busch Light in Cascade, Iowa, known for the nearby Field of Dreams. Erin was first introduced to craft beer when she visited Steamboat for the first time at the age of 20 with the Iowa State University Ski and Snowboard Club. After graduating from ISU with a degree in Advertising and Apparel Merchandise, Production and Design, Erin moved to Oregon in search of work. After several years, she picked a new path and moved to Steamboat. When she found out there was a new brewery opening in Steamboat, she was overcome with excitement and found herself reevaluating her career path. Erin's bubbly personality landed her a part time role pouring beers in the tap room and planning events and promotions. Now in a full time role, she’s not afraid to get her hands wet at the brewery, however Erin prefers to spend her time on the road, talking about our delicious beers and opening new accounts across the state.

Bowling Team

WE CRAFT BEER THAT MIRRORS OUR MISSION, TRADITION & LIFESTYLE.
AND WE WON’T STOP UNTIL WE BREW IT RIGHT.

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