MEET BRIAN QUINN
Huntersville raised, bleeds Tar Heel blue. Science buff and history junkie. Hardcore foodie who you might find foraging for unique ingredients for both cooking and brewing. His love of fermentation extends way beyond beer: think kombucha, fermented sausages, pickles, and hot sauces. After years of homebrewers’ clubs and competitions, he walked away from his investment banking job to immerse himself in the beer industry. AKA: Bartending, keg washing, and hand-filling and labeling a whole lot of bottles. He graduated from the Siebel Institute Master Brewing program and his commitment to education is evident based on his incessant craft quizzing of Team Town. Brian brewed at Foothills Brewing and helped launch Georgia-based startup, Printer’s Ale Manufacturing Co., before (Charlotte)Town called him back home. He has a soft spot for dogs, rescuing a feisty beagle who has a nose for some eggnog, but luckily leaves the beer to her owner.
MEET SETH HASTINGS
Pennsylvania native (Go Birds). He credits being in the kitchen with his Nan Nan, Mamaw, and Great Aunt Joyce at an early age for his love of food (and his figure). His first memory of cooking was picking apples on his grandparents farm to make applesauce with his Nan Nan at age three — a far cry from the beer braised beef tongue tacos and headcheese meatballs you might find him whipping up today. He arrived in NC with his wife, Sarahbeth, in 2015 and the local craft beer scene quickly had him drooling with the variety of brews available to manipulate the flavors in his food. As our luck would have it, this former Sous Chef at Troegs Brewing Company vowed then to find his way back into a brewery kitchen. Seth puts breakfast up on a pedestal, and at the risk of sounding cheesy, believes ‘love’ is a necessary ingredient in every dish — “You can tell when the person who made your food doesn’t care about it.” He hates snakes, unapologetically loves professional wrestling, and fears shaving his handlebar mustache will break his own heart.
MEET GREG NICHOLS
Virginia native, Hokie faithful. This outdoor fiend loves everything from snowboarding, to hiking, to crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay. He majored in food science with a focus on pasteurized process cheese sauce and powdered beverages; we have him to thank for Strawberry Watermelon Crystal Light. Ever thirsty … for knowledge … Greg traveled cross country to attend the Master Brewers Program at UC-Davis Extension before earning a Diploma in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing & Distilling in England. He joined Team Town after honing his skills at Seaboard Brewing in Matthews. He is tight with local craft maltsters, passionate about using their products to create unique flavor profiles only available in NC. His hidden talents include knitting, likely with his go-to Helles Lager by his side. He’s ridden an elephant, been to over 20 college football stadiums, and finally gotten over his fear of dogs!
MEET JOSHUA PARRISH
Hailing from the eastern coast of North Carolina, this Jacksonville born beer lover got his start in the industry in the Land of Enchantment while studying Music Performance at the University of New Mexico. While working for award winning breweries such as La Cumbre, Turtle Mountain, and Left Hand in Colorado in the years following, Joshua developed a passion for both the intricacies of beer and the community surrounding it, and in 2016 decided to bring that passion back to his home state of North Carolina. Although always willing to nerd out about the science side of beer over a Czech Lager, Joshua is all about making beer approachable and cultivating the community that it draws.