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Meet the Team: Drew Shalian, Sales Manager

You may have noticed we’ve been stepping up our wholesale game with more and more DBco cans and taps popping up around the state of Massachusetts in restuarants, bars, retail and liquor stores. Along with our new look we rolled out with brand spankin’ new labels, we are so happy to also share the face behind our sales game – Drew Shalian, our new Sales Manager here at Dorchester Brewing Company. Along with our distributor, Craft Collective, Drew is committed to making sure our freshly brewed craft beer is sent out into the world to enjoy!

Meet Drew!

I grew up in Boston and southern Florida and have lived in Dorchester for the past eight years. I’m committed to my community and I like to support local organizations and businesses which is what drew me to DBCo first as a loyal customer and now as my professional home. I look forward to weekend adventures with my family and you can usually find us at Castle Island, hiking in the Blue Hills, or relaxing at one of Dorchester’s parks or beaches. 


How did you get into the craft beer industry and sales?

I have always worked in the service industry and have appreciated craft beer for a long time. About 10 years ago I walked into my local liquor store and ended up helping a customer pick out different beers. The owner overheard and offered me a part-time position that evolved into a full-time role as the beer and spirits buyer. After a while I got to know all of my sales reps and learn about their jobs and knew a role in sales would be really exciting for me. I moved on to sales positions for a few local companies and eventually made the switch to a distributor. When I saw that my neighborhood brewery was looking to bring on a sales rep, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the team. 


A day in the life of Drew!

I start the day early and drop my son off at school here in Dorchester then usually grab a coffee from Reign Drink Lab or home.stead Cafe. When I visit accounts in and around Dorchester, I can make my way to the brewery for meetings and banter then I’m on my way out to visit new and old friends of DBCo! Sometimes I’ll grab a sandwich at The Daily or banh mi at Banh Mi Ba Lė for lunch. Other days I’ll head outside of the city to continue to expand the DBCo footprint or to meet with our distributor, Craft Collective. Every day is different, but the goal is always to strengthen relationships and get our beer into the hands of new fans. 


What do you like best about the industry?

The people and the camaraderie. I really like being able to connect with and learn from new people. 
Favorite part of the job-It has been great to share the story of our brewery and see people enjoy the hard work of our production team. 


Favorite beer style?

It’s impossible to pick just one but I gravitate toward Sours, Saisons, and Pilsners. 


Favorite DBCo beer?

This is like asking me to pick my favorite child!  I love Neponset Gold as my everyday beer, but lately I have been digging Sad Boi Szn, a Brown Ale that we‘ve been pouring at the tap room. 


Favorite M&M BBQ item?

Everything from M&M is amazing, but a favorite is the Honey Hot Chicken Sandwich with dumpster fries. My five year old loves the Dot platter with Mac & Cheese.

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Meet the Team: Kimi Nelson, Tap Room Manager

The face behind the mask! As we continue to serve our customers in the Tap Room, we want to share our stories with you! Our team in the front of the Tap Room are amazing at helping you find the perfect beer (or other drink of choice) and providing the best hospitality to our visitors! We are so lucky to have a great group of employees and we’re excited to share another one with you today. Meet Kimi Nelson, who has been on our team for a while and recently promoted to Tap Room Manager!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I grew up in central MA where I first started working in hospitality. After the brutal 2014-15 winter season, I decided to move to California where I started working in my first brewery. I instantly fell in love with the craft beer industry and the people that surrounded it. If I wasn’t at work, I was out searching for the closest beer festival I could find. After 6 years in California, I decided it was time to come back home to Boston. Now when I’m not at work, you’ll either find me on long treks with my dog, at a concert, or visiting more local breweries. 

How did you get into bartending?

I started bartending in college when I lived in the Fenway area and I loved the atmosphere of serving Red Sox fans on game days. The rush of people from all over kept me moving and on my toes which always added a variety of spice to my day. That’s the best part about bartending – every day is different! As for craft beer, I found an incredible passion in the industry, where I first started in the Bay Area of California – there is definitely no shortage of breweries out there! It’s incredible to see the variety of products Brewers are able to make from the same main four ingredients!

What do you like best about the industry?

The people. Whether it be the folks I work alongside or the guests that walk through the front door, everybody has a different story and a different background. We work in an environment that gives us the opportunity to discover a lot about other people and that has always been the most intriguing part of my job. 

Favorite part of your job?

My coworkers, and the beer! Can’t go wrong with good conversation and delicious libations at your fingertips. 

Favorite beer style?

It’s hard to choose! I’d say my top three are Ambers, Saisons, and Sours.

Favorite DBco beer?

My current favorite is the Winter Brewberry and I’ve loved the previous variations we’ve done of it as well.

Favorite M&M BBQ item?

Can’t go wrong with a Newmarket Sandwich!

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Meet the Team: Chris Geany, QA/QC Manager

The DBco brewery team is filled with many different facets of the brewing process from initial recipe development all of the way to packaging. As much as brewing is an art, there is also a lot of science behind it and that’s where Chris comes in! As QA/QC Manager, Chris oversees the quality of the beer we brew everyday through microbiology. Thanks to his expertise and experience, our customers get the benefit of a clean, fresh, delicious-tasting product every time. Learn more about Chris in our blog today:

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I was born and raised on the South Shore. I always had an affinity for the outdoors and moved to Colorado for college chasing snow and mountains. I came back to the East Coast several years later with a taste for craft beer and a Biology degree. You’ll find me most weekends either out in nature somewhere or catching some live music with good company.


How did you get into craft beer and the brewing industry? 

After moving back here I began brewing my own beer at home. I was also working a Quality Control job for consumer products, which didn’t particularly interest me. I found a QC job in the cider world, and spent several years working quality in cider before making the jump to beer. 


How long have you been at DBco and what do you do day to day at DBco

I’ve been with DBco for a few months now. My responsibilities range from microbiology on both fermentations and finished products, to training our operations team to recognize and diagnose potential off flavors. Everything I do here is to ensure the beer we create is consistent from batch to batch, safe and most importantly tastes the best it possibly can be!


What do you like best about the industry? 

A lot of people are drawn to this industry because they want to make something they’re proud of, or they’re just done with corporate work. Either way you wind up with a group of people who genuinely enjoy what they do for work, which is quite rare these days.

Favorite part of your job

One benefit of a contract brewery is you don’t really get stuck in a specialty. We brew everything from Lagers to Hazy IPAs, to Stouts, to Sours. We’re always making something new and there is always something new to learn.


Favorite beer style

If it’s nice out, I’ll go with a Saison. If it’s chilly, it’s Stout season.


Favorite DBco beer

The new and improved Forever OFD as far as year round offerings. 

Favorite M&M BBQ item?

I know it’s called M&M BBQ but don’t sleep on the fried chicken sandwiches!

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Meet the Team: Tap Room Manager, Steph Berman

As we move into to-go and delivery orders only, the team at DBco is working just as hard and we are so lucky to have an amazing team at the Brewery, both the front Tap Room and back of the brewery! If you’ve visited the Tap Room recently or stopped by for a beer pickup, you may have run into Steph Berman, a Tap Room Manager, who came on board last year! Read on to learn more about her journey to joining our team:

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I was born and raised in New England and have been here all of my life.  I love all of the changes in the seasons, with summer being my favorite!  I enjoy going to the beach, BBQ’s, beers, and all done with good company.  In my free time, I can be found hanging out with my son, daughter, wife and our new dog, Sawyer. My guilty pleasure is watching reality TV, particularly (and shamefully), I have watched every season of The Bachelor and Bachelorette. I also love tattoos and am working on a passion project about them and promoting body positivity (I have 17 tattoos so far).     

How did you end up in the hospitality industry?

I started as a hostess and server when I was a teenager but then took a long hiatus from it. After I graduated college, I worked for my family business for 15 years, which specialized in the distribution and marketing of women’s medical devices. During my time there, I also started my own business where I created and launched a new product. One fun fact about the product I invented is that I was awarded a US patent for it (which makes me feel like Laurie Greiner on Shark Tank). After leaving the family business, I got back into hospitality and haven’t left since!  

What do you like best about the beer and hospitality industry?

I love the unpredictability of each day.  Things can change by the minute, so you always have to think and move quickly. I also love getting to meet such a wide variety of people. If you take the time to engage with guests, you can really learn so much about them and create an experience that makes them want to keep coming back. I strive to have every guest that walks into this place feel that way.  

Favorite part of your job?

We have such a wonderful staff and crew here. We all spend a lot of time with each other, so we really become like a second family to one another. It’s also so refreshing to work for a company that promotes diversity and welcomes everyone. I love having an open and comfortable platform to share my ideas and be myself!       

Favorite beer style?

I love fruit beers. One of my all time favorites is Forbidden Fruit in VT. I also love everything from Burlington Beer Company. In the fall/winter season, I am partial to a nice red ale.  

Favorite DBco beer?

The Warp Rider quickly became my favorite, as it’s a perfect red ale.  Otherwise, my go to would be the DOT’s Buzzwig Cider. It’s awesome that DBco has so much variety in their offerings. It makes it hard to pick a favorite!  

Favorite M&M BBQ item?

Dumpster fries are my favorite indulgence. However, when I don’t have the luxury of taking a nap after eating them lol, I am partial to both of their salads with the smoked chicken on top. The cornbread croutons are my favorite! I could eat them alone as a snack! 

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Meet our Team: Brad Johnson, Lead Bartender

As we continue to share the faces and stories of our team members, we can’t help but appreciate their dedication shown during this pandemic. They are truly the lifeblood of Dorchester Brewing Company as we make our way through this challenging time. To that, here’s another Meet the Team Blog post, introducing Brad Johnson, one of our kick-ass Lead Bartenders, helping to make your experience at DBco as awesome as possible!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I grew up in South Carolina, but moved to Boston for work after I graduated from Clemson. I spend my free time mountain biking, streaming on Twitch, and appreciating craft beer. I have lived in Boston since 2017 and fell in love with the city. I ride my bike everywhere so please say “hi” if you see me!


How did you get into craft beer and bartending? 

I started at DBco part time as a door person while I was doing sales. It’s been such a fun place to work that when the expansion opened up I took the full time position bartending.


What do you like best about the industry?

The people! Everyone is so fun and passionate about what they do. Boston is a great place for microbreweries and the energy is contagious.


Favorite part of your job

Introducing people to beer. Lots of people come in not knowing much about beer. It’s always great to pass on knowledge and get others as excited about brews as I am.


Favorite beer style?

Juicy New England IPAs, all day, every day!


Favorite DBco beer?

Clapp’s Cream Ale. I know the Lightyear Journey fits my favorite style description but Clapp’s Cream is nearly a perfect ale.


Favorite M&M BBQ item?


Brisket dumpster fries! No contest.

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Meet our Team: Brendan MacDermott, Packaging Line/Sales

Here at DBco, we love that our staff members are so passionate about what they do and love to see them grow as individuals and in their career. So when Brendan joined the Packaging Line and showed his chops at as a team player, he was an obvious choice to support our sales growth when we started to dip our toes into the wholesale beer game. In the last year and a half, we went from canning our first 4-packs and only selling them in-house to offering 8 different varieties of 4-packs, which are sold at over 60 locations throughout retail and restaurants in the Boston area. (Check out our map to see all of the locations!) Read on to learn more about Brendan, our Packaging Line team member who also supports sales.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve been in the Boston area my whole life, I grew up on the South Shore and I live in Quincy now, less than 5 miles from the brewery. Along with being active and lots of sports, I love any activity that includes drinking beer, like Cornhole at a backyard BBQ, golfing, or just spending a day at the beach. I also love to travel and visit other breweries, especially in New England.  

How did you get into craft beer industry and end up at DBco?

I actually have a background in wine. I graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Wine Business Management. But here in Boston there aren’t many opportunities to grow in the wine industry and I jumped at the chance to be a part of the growing craft beer scene. When I saw a job opening at DBco, I quickly grabbed up that opportunity and hopped on the packaging line. Since then, I’ve continued to package up the beer while also growing into a sales role as DBco started to ramp up their wholesale business.

What are your dual roles at DBco and what you do day-to-day.

I start early in the morning at the brewery on the packaging line.  I assist in preparing and sanitizing our packaging line and getting a batch of beer ready to be filled in either cans or kegs or both.  During a packaging “run” the line is very quick with plenty of moving pieces, so I help maintain quality control and efficiency. After our first packaging run, I begin my second part of the day as an account manager for the wholesale team. I’m part of our sales team that handles Dorchester, Quincy and the South Shore.  

What do you like best about the beer industry?

It’s craft as well as an art. I feel like I’m a collaborator and seller of these fantastic pieces of art. Whether it’s a keg of Cream Ale or a can of V1 Double IPA, you have something to see, hold, taste, and appreciate. But, yes, also part of quality control is tasting beer. I mean, part of my job requires me to taste beer before 8am! There aren’t many industries or jobs that mix art, science, and drinking beer in the morning.

Favorite part of your job?

I absolutely love being able to see the DBco brand on the shelves of retail stores, bars and restaurants. There’s so much that goes into that can of beer and I know it’s rewarding to everybody that works in the brewery from ownership, bartenders, brewers, to packaging line personnel to see their beer in the market being enjoyed by thousands of people.

Favorite beer style?

I enjoy so many styles of beer because I’m exposed to and have the opportunity to try so many styles Typically, my favorite beer style would correlate to what I was doing, eating, or the season. If I’m spending the day in the backyard playing Cornhole my choice would be an ice cold lager. I’d probably choose a heavy stout if I’m on the mountain taking a break from skiing!

Favorite DBco beer?

Cream Ale, it’s my Gatorade.