Director of Brewing Operations
John started his career in the beer business in the front-of-the-house at the original Mountain Sun Pub. As a
manager he helped open Southern Sun in 2002, and was inspired by alumni Mountain Sun brewers Mike Altman and
Jack Harris to start brewing at home. John's home brews led him to take his first professional brewing job in
2004 at Stewart's Brewing Company, in Bear, Delaware. He spent three years there under the tutelage of
Head Brewer Ric Hoffman. In 2007, John moved on to Flying Fish Brewing Company, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey,
working closely with Head Brewer Casey Hughes to learn the logistics of managing a 12,000 barrel-per-year
production brewery. John returned to the Mountain Sun family in 2009, this time as a brewer. Before moving
into the Director of Brewing Operations position, he brewed at all three brewery locations. John received a
Bachelor's Degree in Business Operations Management from the University of Delaware and received a diploma
from the American Brewer's Guild in 2006.
Favorite brew (and why): Primetime Pilsner - "This Pre-Prohibition Style Pilsner is light- bodied, crisp,
refreshing and has more hop bitterness, flavor and aroma than people realize. This style was brewed by
German immigrants in the Mid-west in the late 1800's to emulate the beer they had grown up with in Germany.
After most small breweries became defunct during the Prohibition, this style disappeared for 100+ years
until small craft breweries helped renew the popularity of this style of beer."
After completing his undergraduate degree in 1990 at Boston University, Kevin toured the country behind the
Grateful Dead, selling burritos, beer, and tie dyes outside of concerts and learning business from the
ground up. After a year on the road, he enrolled in Lewis and Clark Law School. It soon became clear to
Kevin that law wasn't his calling, but he didn't have an alternative plan yet. During his last semester of
law school, he frequented the Fulton Pub, a McMenamin's brewpub in Portland, OR, which was one of the leading
brewpubs in the new micro-brewed beer phenomenon. Kevin developed a love for craft beers, as he
simultaneously realized the intangible importance of community gathering spaces like the Fulton Pub.
It was at the Fulton Pub that Kevin decided to move to Boulder, CO to open his own brewpub. Drawing on
his love of live music, simple great food, and well-crafted beers that he developed touring the country
behind the Grateful Dead, Kevin founded the Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery in 1993 with Ian Blackford, his
college friend and first business partner. Since that time, Kevin has opened two more Mountain Sun brewpubs,
the Southern Sun in south Boulder in 2002 and the Vine Street Pub in Denver in 2008. For the last five years,
Kevin has also served on the board of directors for the Boulder County Aids Project.
Favorite brew (and why): Number One - "We're really proud of the work we're doing with Belgian Beers. My
favorite beers are the Belgian Goldens and the Trippels. The Number One is my current favorite beer!"
Tom graduated from the Renssaeler Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY in 1964 as a civil engineer. He received
his MBA in 1971 from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance. In 1991, he retired after 15
years running his own construction and development business in Poughkeepsie, NY. That same year, Tom and his
wife Margaret decided to move to Boulder, CO to enjoy retirement alongside Tom's son Kevin and daughter
Elizabeth. His retirement never stuck. Not long after the move to Boulder, Tom's persuasive son Kevin
convinced him to partner in the Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery, then the Southern Sun a year later, and
Vine Street Pub in 2008. Tom agreed and has been an active partner in all three Mountain Sun pubs ever since.
Favorite brew (and why): Pater's Pale Ale - "It is fresh and crisp and has just the right amount of hops."
Upon graduating from Georgetown University in 1995, Paul continued working briefly in Washington as assistant to the finance director of the Democratic National
Committee during the Clinton administration. After riding out the turmoil of campaign finance reform, Paul gave up his political ambitions and moved to
Boulder, CO where he began his career with the Mountain Sun Pubs and Breweries.
In 2002, Paul helped open the company's second restaurant and brewery, the Southern Sun. Prior to the 2008 opening of the Vine Street Pub and Brewery,
Paul was named a Mountain Sun Managing Partner. This partnership with the Daly family would lead to two more restaurant openings in the next six years:
Under the Sun Eatery and Pizzeria and Longs Peak Pub and Taphouse.
In addition to opening restaurants and overseeing the operations of the Mountain Sun family of restaurants, Paul has contributed significantly to the Denver
restaurant scene through his service on the Board of Directors of EatDenver, a nonprofit created to lift up the independent dining scene in Denver and
Boulder. Paul was named President of the organization in 2014.
Throughout his years with the Mountain Sun, Paul has supported the local music scene with the creation of two music festivals, SOBO Fest in Boulder and The
Uptown Neighborhood Block Party in Denver.
Favorite brew (and why): FYIPA - "When it comes to aggressive American IPAs- go huge!"