JOHN DEGROOTE: CEO & Head Brewer

Member Number: 1
Date Joined: June 2016

First New Barons Product Sampled: I can’t remember the first beer that I made that I sampled when NBBC became official. I want to say it was the 4x4.
Favorite New Barons Beer: Nice try, you can’t tell people who your favorite child is.

Most Memorable New Barons Event:
The first Beer Drive-Thru. That mile-long of cars lined up for our beer is something that I won’t ever forget.

What are you looking forward to most for New Barons in the next year?
Brewing more! Seeing more folks get to know us & re-growing my mustache.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Every cooperative has a Board of Directors. Our Board is a resource to oversee, guide, and offer strategic planning for the brewery.

BEN ZWEIFEL: Board President

Member Number: 86
Date Joined: February 2017
Day Job:
President/CEO of Diggers Hotline

First New Barons Product Sampled: Hanal Pixen Mole Porter on tap at the Malt Shoppe
Favorite New Barons Beer: Hopped By Ziggy.  Can drink this any time of the year.

Most Memorable New Barons Event:
Hop-picking out on MO Bruce’s farm.

What are you looking forward to most for New Barons in the next year?
A full summer in the taproom.  What better place to hang out with friends?

 

HEIDI DALIBOR: Board Vice President

Member Number: 53
Date Joined: November 2016
Day Job:
HR/Recruiting Consultant & New Barons Taproom GM 

First New Barons Product Sampled: Honestly, no idea.
Favorite New Barons Beer: Changes on almost a weekly basis. Currently, it is a three-way tie between The Queen, Witches Bit, and You Down With OTP?

Most Memorable New Barons Event:
This is impossible! Our Member-Owner Extravaganza at The Cooperage? Opening day in the taproom? All of them.

What are you looking forward to most for New Barons in the next year?
To all of the people I will meet and cool shit we will do. I look forward to getting to know more and more of my city by way of beer and awesome connections. Also, to new beer brands, new programming, and a new patio!

 

MIKE MACK: Board Treasurer

Member Number: 4
Date Joined: June 2016
Day Job:
PS Capital Partners

First New Barons Product Sampled: I don’t recall the line between John & Matt’s homebrew vs. New Barons, but I believe it was the 4X4.
Favorite New Barons Beer: L-Dubbs (summer); It’s 5 am Somewhere (winter)

Most Memorable New Barons Event:
Our first official event in December 2016. Not only did it mark a major milestone for New Barons, but there ended up being a huge snowstorm and the place was still packed.

What are you looking forward to most for New Barons in the next year?
This is an easy answer for the finance person: Growing!

 

DAVID BAKER: Board Secretary

Member Number: 29
Date Joined: October 2016
Day Job: 
Commercial Real Estate Broker

First New Barons Product Sampled: 4X4 American Pale Ale
Favorite New Barons Beer: All Work and No Play IPA

Most Memorable New Barons Event:
Working the second beer drive-thru and getting to meet the other members volunteering.

What are you looking forward to most for New Barons in the next year?
A full summer at the taproom!

 

SARAH HAND

Member Number: 101
Date Joined: April 2017
Day Job:
Senior Designer at an Ad Agency & New Barons Marketing Director

First New Barons Product Sampled: Hanal Pixen Mole Porter on tap at the old MKE Brewing Co.
Favorite New Barons Beer: They all have a time and place to be my #1, but when in doubt, it's the ol' reliable, All Work and No Play IPA

Most Memorable New Barons Event:
Without a doubt, the Hop Pickin' trip to a member-owners farm! So unique and would love this to happen again.

What are you looking forward to most for New Barons in the next year?
Watching us grow as a brewery as people get to know us, our beer, and what we stand for.

 

ANDREW KLAIN

Member Number: 34
Date Joined: October 2016
Day Job:
Marketing and Communications at Northwestern Mutual, Drummer with Hot By Ziggy, Aspiring full-time New Barons taste-tester

First New Barons Product Sampled: 4X4 American Pale Ale
Favorite New Barons Beer: Hopped by Ziggy

Most Memorable New Barons Event:
2019 Wisconsin IPA Fest at Third Space where we took home People's Choice for Hopped By Ziggy and have been reigning champs ever since (see leg lamp in the taproom)

What are you looking forward to most for New Barons in the next year?
Getting back to and hosting events. I just miss being around all you beautiful people. Also, John re-growing his mustache.

 

MATTHEW WITTERSCHEIN

Member Number: 3
Date Joined: June 2016
Day Job:
Global Materials Leader at GE Healthcare & Resident Taproom Handyman

First New Barons Product Sampled: 4X4 American Pale Ale
Favorite New Barons Beer: Yeti’s Brown Ale - Dark beers are the best beers!

Most Memorable New Barons Event:
Dr. Bruce’s Hop Farm. Was great to see fertile soil, drive an ATV around his property and then brew fresh-picked hopped 4x4. The best rendition of it ever!

What are you looking forward to most for New Barons in the next year?
Having people in the taproom. Seeing old and new faces. Camaraderie over beers celebrating the end of this pandemic!