Get to Know Us
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.
Taproom Manager/Event Coordinator
Eryka Fischer is the taproom manager and event coordinator at Hop and Barrel Brewing. She was formerly in the United States Marine Corps where she served as an armorer, disassembling and repairing weapons. She is originally from Charlottesville, VA, but throughout her military career she has had the opportunity to live in Japan and California. She majored in marketing at the University of St. Paul Concordia, where she took part in many projects regarding craft beer and her love for the industry continued to grow. She is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, and is continuously learning here at Hop & Barrel.
When she isn’t trying to hide away from the harsh Wisconsin winter and drinking beer, she enjoys any activities involving her three dogs, going to various motocross tracks with her husband in their toy hauler, going to the gym, and any activity that gets her outside in the summer. She enjoys road tripping, and has already made the trek back and forth to CA a total of 4 times. When Eryka is excited she will bust out in dance, and you may even catch her singing a random tune. She is constantly trying to name the beers and it’s quite impossible to get her to stop when she is on a roll…no seriously, for the Love of God, she won’t stop.