Monday Night Brewing is an Atlanta-based craft brewery. We brew beers for the weeknights – balanced, flavorful ales that pair well with food.
Believe it or not, the idea for Monday Night Brewing grew out of a small Atlanta Bible study. We started brewing beer together on Monday nights as a way to get to know each other better. As we got more engrained in the industry and more people started showing up to brew with us, beer quickly became more than just a weeknight hobby.
We spent almost 5 years perfecting our beers before bringing them to market. Years of minor tweaks, arguments over hop profiles, and experiments with different brands of base malts are poured into every glass that we brew.
Weekends are overrated
Our weeknight brewing sessions have also lent us our name and our rallying cry: Weekends are overrated. What does this mean to us?
- It’s not about living for the weekend, but about enjoying every day as much as you can – we believe in doing what you love with your career, even if it means taking home a smaller paycheck.
- Quality, not quantity – it’s our goal to brew beers that are both interesting and accessible. Beers that should be savored, not guzzled. After all, you’ve got work the next day, right?
- Relationships – beers that go great with meals but are also complex enough to stand on their own if you’re grabbing a beer with a friend. Beer, at its core, is a relational beverage.
Who exactly is behind Monday Night Brewing? A bunch of random folks who just so happen to get along.
- Jeff Heck
- CEO Guy and Supreme Beer Chancellor
Jeff graduated from Harvard, a fact he never fails to remind us of when trying to win an argument. But more importantly, he has an anal-retentive passion for perfection. Jeff is the final say in recipe formulation and anything related to Excel spreadsheets and/or dollar signs. He has a background in private equity. His wife, Hannah, has put up with our brewing shenanigans at their house for long enough to qualify her for sainthood.
- Joel Iverson
- Operations Guy and Taste-testing Ninja
Joel is the guy we turn to when something is broken. He built our pilot brewing system. He is also pretty good at cleaning a keg. Joel likes to invent random Standard Operating Procedures (“SOP’s” as he calls them) and then enforce them after the fact. He graduated from UVA and has a background as an operations consultant. His wife, Mary Stuart, has already qualified for sainthood, as she hosted Monday Night Brewing in her house for the first year of its existence.
- Jonathan Baker
- Marketing Guy and Master of Mind Control
Jonathan is the surprisingly adept creative guy. He develops and maintains the Monday Night brand. Jonathan also makes sure Joel doesn’t scare away any potential customers with his SOPs. He graduated from Emory and has a background in marketing strategy consulting, where he worked with some large beer brands. He is married to Saint Sarah, and has a pitbull mix named Eden who comes to the brewery everyday. She’s a lover, not a fighter.
- Adam Bishop
- Head Brewer Guy and Yeast Whisperer
Adam Bishop sings the songs of the bubbling yeast. His circuitous route in the brewing industry started at Sweetwater, Atlanta’s hometown brewery, and then progressed to 5 Seasons. Prior to joining Monday Night, Adam spent that last few years at Sante Fe Brewing overseeing production. One thing you need to know about Adam is that he has strong opinions about yeast. Some yeast like the lilting sounds of Bryan Adams. Some like a little peace-and-quiet. The bottom line is, yeast need wooing, and Adam is the chief wooer at Monday Night. He’s also good at cleaning stuff. Adam has a saintly wife and a loud baby, and he loves them both very much.
- Rachel Kenser
- Head Sales Gal and Professional High-Fiver
Rachel Kenser heads up sales for Monday Night, and does a darn good job at it. Her primary strengths are drinking beer, talking about beer, becoming friends with cool people, and pretending to be friends with lame people. She’s also got a mean high five. Seriously. Ask her about it. Rachel got her start in the beer industry in Chicago, where she graduated from the University of Chicago. Prior to discovering her true calling, she worked on an organic urban farm, where she taught folks about farming and vegetables, and (obviously) grew vegetables. Oh, and did we mention that she lived in Africa for two years?
- Carlen Funk
- Tasting Room Gal and Amateur Pirate
Carlen likes throwing parties. Specifically, beer parties. That makes her a perfect fit to run our tasting room, whether that be for our public tastings, or for private events. She likes people, unlike Jonathan, which is a definite plus. Carlen is from Atlanta, went to UGA, and worked in TV production prior to beer. TV production is that thing where you have to herd cats, throw mini parties all the time, and boss people around so that everyone ends up having a good time at the end. Carlen likes sour beers, but she also likes to smile a lot. Kind of an oxymoron, actually.
- Duck Duckett
- Tasting Room Guy and Resident Theologian
After a decade in the coffee industry, Duck decided to put his knack for talking to people to better use. And slowly but surely, he has honed his craft and become the greatest tour guide in the land. He will make you laugh, cry, and feel emotions that you have never felt about beer before. Duck lives in Atlanta with his wife. He is not a vegetarian. He likes motorcycles. He is a woodworker. He is a man.
- Josh Kirssin
- Sales+Strategic Events Guy and Straight Shooter
Josh is a sales guy. He sold payroll. He sold radio advertising. And then he decided to sell beer. He quickly realized that selling beer was more fun than selling payroll and radio advertising. After graduating from Georgia Southern (where he played soccer), Josh moved back to his hometown in Atlanta. He met a lady who he tricked into marrying him (told you he was a sales guy – he can even sell himself), and now lives in Smyrna with an attention-crazed dog named Chip. As in Chipper Jones.
- Peter Kiley
- Brewer Guy and Ironic Wine Snob
Peter used to make wine. Now he makes beer. He’s going to sit you down and tell you it was much more complicated than that (blah blah Napa blah blah grapes blah blah vintage blah French word blah oak and fancy), but it’s pretty simple. He knew he wanted to make alcohol, he just had to find out which kind of alcohol made him happier. Turns out it was beer. In addition to being the resident barrel expert, Peter also is the only brewer at Monday Night to wear collared shirts. Every. Day. He loves the Braves. He lives in Atlanta.
- Rhett Caseman
- Packaging Guy & VP of Parallel Parking
Rhett is the guy that puts the beer in bottles and kegs. It sounds pretty simple, but it’s actually complicated. It involves CO2 levels and caustic and counting and shrink-wrapping. The next time you pull a bottle out of a 6-pack, say a little “Cheers” for Rhett. He has excellent hearing.
- Zoe Rosenberg
- Sales Gal & Master of the Non-creepy Wink
Zoe is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama (but we won’t hold that against her). She is super sweet, genuinely cares about what you had for breakfast, has excellent taste in music, and loves her some craft beer. She has found her calling.
- Drew Smith
- Controller Guy and Hoarder of Dead Presidents
Drew used to wear a necktie to work. He was an auditor at Ernst & Young. Then he moved into financial consulting. Sadly, he did not enjoy his life but did enjoy beer. This worked out well, because Jeff, Joel, and Jonathan do not enjoy accounting. It was a match made in heaven. This Wake Forest graduate has been a welcome addition to the Monday Night team. Not only can he crunch numbers, he can also drive a 24′ diesel truck. Ladies, he is taken.
- Johnny Osborne
- Inventory Guy and Forklift Stunt Driver
Johnny is the guy that we yell at when your favorite bar runs out of beer. He orders all the ingredients we need, when we need them, and sends beer to the right places, when it needs sent. As a recovering sports analyst (and coincidentally the Commissioner of the Defenses Are Overrated Fantasy Football League), Johnny made the smart career move to basically get yelled at for a living. So give Johnny a hug the next time you see him.
- Josh Johnson
- Brewer Guy and Pig Whistler
Josh started as a brewing intern, learned a few things, and went on his way, brewing professionally in North Carolina. He made his way back to Atlanta for a cushy job cleaning out lauter tuns at 2am. Josh is an accomplished home brewer, a fan of bourbon, and also happens to be atrocious at fantasy football. But that’s not why we hired him. We hired him because of his high school superlative: “Most Likely to be a Sumo Wrestler.” True story.
- Thomas Walker
- Sales Guy and Pigskin Pontificator
Thomas Walker sells our beer (and himself, on the side) in Alabama. Based in Birmingham, Thomas developed a love of craft beer while managing a beer bar. Now he gets to talk to people for a living. It works out well, because Thomas also has a podcast about college football. He knows a lot of facts, and he has even more opinions. If you see a Monday Night truck driving around Alabama, give a little honk and yell out your favorite football team.
- Gabe Garcia
- Packaging Guy and Sk8r Boi
Gabe is a quiet man with one undeniable skill. He shreds. Whether he’s half-piping the inside of a grain silo or overseeing a bottling run, you know he’s doing it with style. Gabe is a handy guy to have around the brewery. He believes in getting the details right, he can build a skate ramp from scratch, and he shreds. He shreds so hard that Shredder took lessons from him before filming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Unfortunately that didn’t work out so great for Shredder. You see, secretly Gabe was working with the Ninja Turtles. Why else would he dress up like pizza when kegging beer?
- Dan Baker
- Brewer Guy & Rugged Outdoorsman
Dan Baker treats his beer like he treats his lady – he romances it, cherishes it, and gives beer a reason to trust him. He’s been doing this for years. He was the Brewmaster at a small brewery in South Carolina. He decided to move back home, and brought along a bevy of knowledge with him. Prior to brewmastering (not a word), Dan was a Filler/Operator at Deschutes Brewery and Packaging Manager at Sweetwater. Besides his love of beer, he is an avid hiker, a connoisseur of good BBQ and will jump at the chance to see a good concert. When Dan is not at the brewery, he is spending time with his wife Caroline and their 2 labs Abby and Porter.