THE TEAM

Tim Tupy
Co-Founder

Tim Tupy was born and raised in New Prague Minnesota, and moved to Mankato in 1987 to attend Minnesota State University of Mankato. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. After college he worked for Hickory Tech and Midwest Wireless. 

Tim’s Great-Great-Great-Grandfather started the first brewery in New Prague MN in 1884. His name was Albert Minar SR.

Tim has been a homebrewer for many years before opening the brewery.  Mankato Brewery will be the first production brewery in Mankato since 1967.

 

 

Chris Collins
Head Brewer

Chris “Grist the scientist” Collins runs the lab, filters the beer, brews some brew, and enjoys drinks with the crew. He really likes his yeast. They are his beer babies and microbe gathering buddies. Yeasts are vitamins to Grist the Scientist. Chris found his love for brewer’s yeast as a college student. He is proud to have graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Bachelors of Science: Microbiology program and to educate a lucky MNSU intern on beer science. He furthered his beer studies through the American Brewers Guild, Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering program. He plays Dungeons and Dragons and loves maillard reactions. Make sure to come in and say “Hi” to Chris!

 

Erik Jackson
Director of Sales

Erik has years of experience on both sides of the isle.  You might remember him as the bar manager at Sweeney's Saloon in St. Paul, or your sales guy from Bernicks in the metro.  If you have questions on getting our beer Erik can help you.  Make sure you check out our distributor page too.   

 

Jace Leiferman
Logistics and Business Manager

Jace works with all our distributors in each market we sell our beer. Make sure you say hi to Jace the next time you see him out.

 

Alex Meyer
Assistant Brewer

You will see Alex brewing in the brewery many nights when you are stopping in the taproom. We hope you get a chance to stop in and meet Alex.

 

Ben Williams
Cellar

Ben runs our cellar area.  You will find Ben busy managing the tanks by dumping yeast, hops and doing an awesome job cleaning!  Clean tanks make happy beer!  When Ben isn't at the brewery you can find him custom building archtops, ukes, & parlor guitars. He owns Hogbac Acoustics and is an expert in acoustic instrument repair.

 

Sam Rubene
Taproom Lead

Sam is the face of the taproom and friends to everyone who visits our taproom.  Sam is your person for any questions about taproom events or what beers to try.  Make sure you say "hi" to Sam the next time you're in.