HEAD BREWER & MANAGING PARTNER
Years in the Industry: 3 years (and counting) as a pro, 5 hard years as a homebrewer. Loves: Our location, the alley, small nimble brewing setup. Making historic beers, and developing new recipes. Talking to people about the science in brewing beer. What beer? It varies. Ask me. Outside Sketchbook: Spending quality time with wife and daughters, baking, driving on the snow, building and fixing stuff. I Worked as a software engineer and project management prior to starting Sketchbook and enjoy problem solving and making things more efficient. I like to explore all styles of food and beer while travelling in the US or abroad. On my spare time I enjoy woodworking projects.
BUSINESS DIRECTOR & MANAGING PARTNER
Years in the Industry: 3 years (and counting) plus 5 yrs of homebrewing. Loves: Our wonderful community! Naming beers. All our DIY funky design projects. Building stuff. Good beer. Outside Sketchbook: Professor of Sound and Media Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (30+ years). Sound and Media Artist and Musician. I'm into modular analog systems, birding, kayaking, hiking, beer, food, cooking, building electronics, sustainability, teaching, sci-fi, and playing the fiddle. www.shawndecker.com
Years in the Industry: 4. Loves: Introducing customers to new beers, writing press releases, saisons, the conversations in the Tap Room, the coaster wall.. Outside Sketchbook: Teaching artist, grant writer, visual artist and poet. Open lake swimmer.
FOUNDER/TAP ROOM MANAGER
Years in the Industry: 4 Loves: Work+study afternoons in the taproom! Outside Sketchbook: playing with my girls, beaching and lazy biking, singing loudly
BREWER OF BEER AND MASTER OF BARRELS
Years in the Industry: 5 (counting homebreweing) Loves: Pilsner and Kolsch. Traveling to other breweries to share our beer and try others. . Outside Sketchbook: Lake Michigan,Miller High Life.
TAP ROOM ASSISTANT MANAGER
Years in the industry: Eighteen!! Loves: Changing people's notions about beers they wouldn't ordinarily try and introducing them to their new favorites in the process, the incredibly welcoming, communal atmosphere in the taproom and getting to know all our amazing, sweet, kooky regulars!! (You ALL know who you are!) Outside Sketchbook: Closet karaoke fanatic, Harry Potter expert, avid puzzle/word game solver, sucker for any cute animals, and I bleed Cubbie Blue!!
WIZARD OF SALES AND BEER
Years in the Industry: 12 Loves: Being a part of the craft beer community and the feeling of family within Sketchbook. Outside Sketchbook: Bow ties, the Briery, Music, woodwind playing, gaming and terrible singing.
DOER of STUFF & THINGS
Years in the Industry: Lucky 13 Loves: Designing new labels, pestering Connor with random questions, Night Game DIPA, and canning day! . Outside Sketchbook: Books, skulls, mountains, daleks, beer, and all of the coffee!
TAP ROOM/BREWING ASSISTANT
Years in the Industry: 8 Loves: I love to build communities and I've never found a better place than with these fine folks at Sketchbook. . Outside Sketchbook: Experimenting, tinkering, and learning about new environmental tech! Check out the IES at Loyola and Whiner Brewery's digester.
Years in the Industry: 16 Loves: Our customers! Interesting conversations with a very eclectic mix of people showing the same love--beer! My beer love is Turbulence, btw. Outside Sketchbook: Bowling, darts, coffee & beer & the beach is my favorite place on earth.
Years in the Industry: 5 Loves: I love the very day adventure of meeting new awesome people who share the love for great craft beer. Outside Sketchbook: I am a home brewing, costume-making, bad-joke telling wife and mama to 2 crazy boys!
Years in the Industry: 8 years in food, 1 in beer. Loves:I love the Sketchbook staff and regulars, the creative and kind atmosphere and--right now--Chicago DIBS! Outside Sketchbook: I love literature and art, food and dogs!
Key to Sketchbook's success are our Founding Associates (clockwise from top left): Sean Curry, Matt & Tara Kosloski, Ted Perez, and Mike Ensdorf and Kathy Pilat.