Our small but mighty Midwestern team loves beer as much as you do. Dedicated to the craft of brewing, they take the time to do it right and proudly supply the NoCoast Nation with delicious beer.
Chuck “Heisenberg” Crabtree
Head Brewer and Chief Business Officer
Chuck is the quirky yet cerebral anchor of the NoCoast Brew Crew. Equipped with a BS in Biology and an MS in Environmental Toxicology, Chuck began his career as a Research Specialist in Tacoma, Washington. He made his way to the Midwest nearly 20 years ago in pursuit of a simpler life. Since then, Chuck has served as Senior Research Associate for Texas Tech University and as the Director of Iowa BioDevelopment & Business Incubation. But enough with degrees and pretentious titles. The bottom line is that his knowledge of the complex allows him to craft simple pleasures. Chuck just likes to make good beer.
While the true identity of The Tapitalist remains shrouded in mystery, one defining characteristic is undeniable—his abiding obsession with beer. This thirsty shark knows that the finest ale flows from flyover country, and he won’t be satisfied until he’s up to his gills in liquid assets. But who is this inscrutable brew tycoon? A nerdy, unassuming trader? A powerful, money-laundering kingpin? Someone you know? One thing’s for sure—he puts his money where his mouth is...guzzling a NoCoast beer.
John “Butters” McMains
Jack of all trades, master of none. John earned his nickname from an iconic cartoon character for being mild-tempered and naïve…so he became a chef. While crafting dishes, John found himself focused on minimalistic scratch cooking and the way simple flavors are effectively mixed and matched. Having developed a taste for craft beer while traveling to music festivals, he started using beer in many of his dishes, from soups to ice cream. Once the beer obsession set in, there was no looking back, and now John gets to do what he loves every day.
Aaron “The Ostrich” Ostrem
Aaron is a man of wide-ranging education and diverse experience who also happens to resemble a large flightless bird. The Ostrich attended Iowa State University where he received bachelor degrees in History and Political Science. The pivotal role beer, wine, and alcohol have made on social and political history was a major focus in his studies. His love affair with beer and wine began while working at greenhouses in the Omaha area. Producing plants at work blossomed into a massive home gardening operation that included hops and grapes. Upon hearing NoCoast Beer Co was opening in his hometown, Aaron headed back to be a part of it all.
Mindy “Red” Knupp
Mindy is the no-nonsense go getter behind the scenes at NoCoast. Armed with a degree in Bio-Processing Technology this red-headed firecracker gets things done in the Brewery. In the lab she takes care of business at the micro level, ensuring our beer meets the highest quality standards. Mindy hails from rural Missouri. Upon her arrival in Iowa she has quickly established herself in the craft beer community. A scientific fascination with brewing and distilling took her from the classroom to Cellar Operator at NoCoast Beer Co.