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Justin Terbeest, co-founder and brewer at Hop & Barrel Brewing Co., fell in love with craft beer in 2011. That year, he helped coordinate the Brew Review fundraiser for the Hudson Rotary Club. This event opened his eyes to the craft beer industry and left him hungry for more. Justin purchased his first homebrew kit in 2014 from Northern Brewer after he spent his Spring Break flipping through their magazine while enjoying (multiple) Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPAs. He began designing and brewing his own recipes right after that first kit and a winning homebrewer was born.
He joined the Hudson Homebrew Club shortly thereafter and eventually went on to brew his first award- winning beer, “Firstborn,” for his son Corbin’s 1st birthday party. (Not to worry – they will have versions of this recipe on tap at the brewery!)
Justin has now won 12 homebrew medals including entrance into the final round of the National Homebrewing Contest two years in a row. He has medaled at the BFD from Inbound and at the Golden Growler multiple times.
Justin grew up in Spring Valley, MN and later attended Luther College and Hamline University School of Law to become a practicing family law attorney. He and his wife, Melissa, have been together for 13 years. They have two boys, Corbin (3) and Marek (1), that keep them both very busy. His go-to beer when he isn’t testing his own is almost anything from Crooked Stave or any DIPA – especially Fulton’s Insurrection.
Some fun facts about Justin:
- For most of the 1990’s you could find him and his Grand Champion Milking Short Horn at the MN State Fair competing in the 4H Dairy Shows, another display of his competitive nature!
- He loves drinking and brewing beer (obviously) and can be found hiking, biking, and playing the occasional video game when not entertaining the kids.
“Brian Priefer has been a mainstay in the Minnesota/Wisconsin brewing scene for over a decade. A Cicerone Certified Beer Server and Certified BJCP Judge, Brian honed his craft at such notable breweries as American Sky, Lucid and Inbound BrewCo. His expertise has been enlisted in consulting with brewing startup operations as far afield as Antigua, Guatemala. Whether it’s predicting a porter to perfectly please your palate or giving ear on which beer to revere, Brian is your Patron Saint of Hops. And he has a stupid $&@%*#! beard that’s probably full of mites.”
– Benjamin Ira Denson, Important Businessman
“The Screaming Lord of Hops. Whether you’re looking for a light lager, or a Russian Imperial culled from the dark ages, Brian is your guide. Best part about him is he’ll sit down and enjoy the grimiest metal and cheapest chugs, because he’s a $&@%*# human. Devoid of the fashionably clad beer snobbery that has attempted to control the Midwest craft scene, Brian has evolved into a mixture of a denim short clad BBQ dad, underground metal sweat fest, and after dinner aperitif suds dealer. Never fails to find a pour for your mouth. Pairs well with both blastbeats, and dinner dates.”
– Seth “Big Irish” McGuire, TSgt (ret)
Chad Forner is the head brewer at Hop and Barrel Brewing. He was formerly a brewer at Third Street Brewhouse in Cold Spring, MN, and prior to that was in quality control at Cold Spring Brewing Company. Chad attended school at Bemidji State University and graduated with a degree in Biology. He received his formal introduction and training in the brewing industry at Third Street Brewhouse.
When Chad isn’t brewing beer, you can find him fishing, hunting, or something that entails the outdoors. While Chad is an avid outdoorsman, he loves gaming as well. Some of his favorites include: The Halo series, BioShock, and Shadow of Mordor.
Lab Manager / Assistant Brewer
Katie brings a chill and down to earth vibe to the Hop & Barrel team. Her unique dose of curiosity is refreshing. She is now our resident mad scientist, but originally had aspirations to be a veterinarian. With an insatiable appetite for learning, she is also self-learning guitar and Spanish, she’s already conquered how to change a spark plug and now leaves that to the professionals.
When it comes to her love of craft beer, it originally started with the flavor and complexity. But then when she started brewing it was the process – brewing made it worth it. The process and nuances that go into making it look or taste different, the science behind it, is now her why.
Director of First Impressions / Sales
Jeremy is a home-brewer who just recently won the Osceola Wisconsin Homebrew Competition. He is also a personal trainer, how do those two come together? Well they are both awesome, that’s how. He is knowledgeable in the craft beer world and was born and raised in Brew City, Milwaukee. He has known Brian Priefer, our co-founder, for many years. He attended the Brewing and Beer Steward Technology at Dakota County and completed an internship after that which helped him get his foot in the brewery community door.
He loves learning about where beer comes from and where it’s going – creating, educating, enjoying, and everything in between. A lot of people don’t really understand where craft beer comes from. Hop & Barrel is a part of the community and having the opportunity to educate the consumer is one of the coolest parts for him!
What do Costa Rica and Hudson, Wisconsin have in common? Ethan Mollet, that’s what. He started out at Hop & Barrel as a cellarman and has quickly worked his way into Assistant Brewer. He is original from the Green Bay area, and currently resides in River Falls. He previously lived in the Twin 7 years prior to that – a true “Minnesconsin”! He would call myself both, a true Minnesconsin. There are things he loves about WI, but he also considers myself a transplant Minnesotan.
Rebecca loves connecting with people in the environment that a brewery creates, and enjoys meeting the cool people who stop into our taproom. Lucky for us, she has her finger on just about everything! Rebecca used to do daycare for Justin’s kids and when she heard about Hop & Barrel in the planning stages, she was really intrigued. Seeing Justin’s excitement, and meeting Brian and seeing his excitement, after 20 years of daycare, it just felt like the right move to join the Hop & Barrel team.