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.
Melanie “Big Mac” Mackey
Big Mac is our spunky and sparkly events coordinator. Born and raised in Iowa, she earned her BA in Digital Communications with a Public Relations Emphasis from William Penn University. Her extreme FOMO (fear of missing out) fuels her passion for planning events around things that bring people together...like craft beer. Before joining NoCoast, Big Mac was a gymnast for ten years and a gymnastics coach for four years. What we’re trying to say is she literally flips for NoCoast beer.
Robert “Father Bert” Marks
With his long hair and beard, round glasses, and uniform of denim and corduroy, Robert looks like a 1970s musician but is distinguishable by his utter lack of musical talent. What he does have is a BS in General Engineering and an Interdisciplinary BA in Sustainable Brewing Practices, as well as being ordained through the Universal Life Church and the Church of the Subgenius. Having migrated from Ohio to Iowa, he can now be found in natural wooded areas and at local pubs and coffee shops. In addition to his keen interest in the social and environmental sustainability of local industries and communities, he is also known for reading, birding, and composing unnecessarily complex communiques.