Green Man Brewery was started in 1997 as the in-house brewery for Jack of the Wood pub. Former owners Joe and Joan Cliney-Eckert moved the brewing operations to a small warehouse on Buxton Avenue in 2005, adding a tasting room known locally as Dirty Jack’s. In 2010, Dennis Thies purchased the brewery and has since expanded the brewing capacity, spiffed up Dirty Jack’s, and kept head brewer John Stuart very busy. Stuart and company are about to get even busier, as Thies recently purchased a property off Sweeten Creek Road in order to give Green Man more room to grow. The brewery will start bottling 750 milliliter bottles of their beers this year. Here’s Stuart’s brew story:
Xpress: Who do you brew for and how did you get there?
I brew for Green Man Brewery. I answered an Internet ad in 2006 and was hired in March of 2007. Fortunately, the brewery was bought by Dennis Thies in 2010, and I stayed on.
How did you first get into brewing?
Right place at the right time. In the ‘80s, there was a local microbrewery in my hometown of Dallas, Texas. I met their assistant brewmaster, Dave, through our area homebrew club. He taught me a lot about brewing, and I worked on the bottling line there, as well. A year later, another micro opened up close by, and they hired me as a full-time brewer. Dave is now a production supervisor for Bridgeport Brewing in Portland, Ore.
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