Our TeamMeet the folks behind the beer who bring a unique combination of experience and ingenuity to our brewhouse.
Hailing from a small town outside Munich, Germany, Sebastian has gained plenty of experience throughout his roughly two decades of brewing. Having learned the traditional brewing practices from Ayinger, a world renowned German brewery, he brings the knowledge and history of these practices to his North Carolina fans.
Sebastian is incredibly thankful, though, to now be freed up to take part in crafting his own direction, pursuing his dream of creating unique craft beers. Being able to see a stadium full of people enjoying your beers while you’re brewing another batch is not something many brewers get to experience. It’s just part of what makes heading the Bull Durham Beer team as their Executive Brewmaster such an honor. When not brewing, he loves to sneak his eight-year old twins into the bullpen to let them practice their pitching for when they go pro. He, his wife, and his kids also love wandering into downtown Durham as a family to enjoy good food in the off-season.
Tate grew up in Fayetteville, Georgia, a two-stoplight town in the outer suburbs of Atlanta. While he, thankfully, didn’t develop his love for beer until later, Tate has always enjoyed helping people experience life to the fullest with food, sports, and friends. In college, he had the unique opportunity to tour the Guinness plant in Dublin, Ireland. After that experience, his curiosity with beer was sparked. Tate pursued his passion for craft beer as a hobby while he taught elementary school for nine years.
After inadvertently impressing the owner of Bull Durham Beer with some of his homebrew, an offer of Head Brewer was too good to turn down. Tate loves the process of tasting, researching, and experimenting with craft beer recipes. This makes his position as Head Brewer for Bull Durham nothing less than a dream job. With fantastic people, a supportive boss, and a baseball stadium environment, what’s not to like? He, his wife, and their two children love to spend time together going to restaurants (especially Bali Hai, Bull City Burger, and Lilly’s Pizza) when dad isn’t brewing world class beer.
Garrett fell in love with the beer making process while attending college at Western Carolina University. After moving back home to the Triangle, he started to brew his own beer and quickly realized that a career in the brewing industry was for him. In 2015, Garrett started at Bull Durham Beer Company as a server during home games at the DBAP. Soon after, he was no longer just a home brewer but a full-time assistant brewer as well. He now spends his time between both Durham and Rocky Mount – brewing quality beer and ensuring that Bull Durham Beer our customers have will not be their last.
Sales & Marketing Manager
Originally from small-town New England, Ryan moved to North Carolina in 2005 and quickly took root and began to call the Triangle home. After spending close to 10 years in corporate IT, her love of “all things beer and organization” took over. Leaving IT behind, and finding a greater sense of purpose and community in the beer industry, she has been organizing/running events and managing community relations ever since. Ryan enjoys spending her downtime supporting the ever so quickly growing Durham community, traveling, live music, and hiking with her sweet dog, Jazz.
Head Brewer (Rocky Mount Mills)
The brewing industry seems to fit just right for him. The culture, enthusiastic clientele, and diversity of offerings has rooted his passion for the industry as a whole in the past five years, and the light only grows brighter. With Bull Durham Beer Company he aims to produce the highest quality hop and malt beverages while giving nods to both history and creativity that ground today’s craft industry. Part of the success of North Carolina craft brewing is the collaborative relationships among brewers, and he hopes to foster and grow that through his work with Bull Durham Beer Company at our Rocky Mount Mills location. He is honored to be a part of the North Carolina craft industry and looks forward to pouring you a pint.