Brian "BB" Brodkorb
Dylan Schatz – Head Brewer / Quality Control
I started at Mad River in February of 1999 in packaging operations. I immediately fell in love with the industry and decided that brewing was how I wanted to pursue my career in life. I advanced through the various departments to being a brewer by May of 2000. After gaining a couple years of hands on experience, I signed on for a course in brewing and packaging through U.C. Davis to round out my knowledge of brewing science. In the fall of 2005 I took over the position of Head Brewer and in 2008 assumed the duties of Q/C and lab analysis. It is truly a pleasure to work with a team that is more of a family than being just co-workers, at a job that I honestly look forward to everyday.
I enjoy raising my son Leo, hiking, backpacking, cooking, good company and quality beverages.
My favorite beer is a good brew that I haven’t tried yet.
Brian Brodkorb- Assistant Head Brewer
In 1993 I started my career in the brewing industry at the Humboldt Brewing Co. Beginning on the bottling line; I worked my way up to Packaging Manager and an assistant brewer position.
When the Humboldt Brewery ceased beer production, I came to work brewing for the Mad River Brewing Co. as part time night brewer. After a year I became a full time brewer and assistant to Dylan Schatz, Head Brewer. I have been brewing for 7 years now at Mad River and enjoy my work and co-workers very much.
David Cook – Brewer
I began working at Mad River Brewing Co. in September of 2003 as an on call employee. In 2004 I took an assistant brewing position, where I am working today. Over the years I have come to learn a great deal about the brewing industry, and I am proud of being part of it. I love making beer, and then tasting the fruits of my labor. I can truly say that this is a great family of people to be working with, and look forward to working with them in the years to come.
Jon Cox – Brewer
My career at Mad River Brewing began in 2003 with an entry-level position on the packaging line. After washing kegs and filling cases for a few years, I was thrilled to begin work in the brewhouse. With the support and knowledge of my co-workers I steadily gained experience and eventually began brewing full time. In addition to my brewing duties I also work as an assistant in the cellar, monitoring the fermentation and conditioning of the beer. Every day is a learning opportunity in this line of work and there is always more to know and discover. Together with my fellow beer crew, I can proudly state I help craft some of Humboldt County’s finest beers.
Jeffry ‘ ZEKE ‘ Branca - Senior Cellar aka ‘ the Yeast Whisperer ‘
I am a ten year MRBCo employee , with 35 years brewing experience as an award winning homebrewer at both national and state competitions. Native Californian, married and father of two. Other interests include Officiating soccer, watching international futbol and Saturday night poker club.
Special thanks to my teacher and mentor C. Blane Morf .