Bitter the Elder, Bill is an alpha male on a mission. A mission to create something that others like enough to buy – and to come back and buy again. Like quality craft beer. Some would say that makes him a people pleaser, but those people would be wrong. Trained in the culinary arts, Bill spent years exploring the craft of fine food. His mise en place as kitchen commando involved sustainable, organic vegetables and meats – not hops and yeast. But brewing is in Bill’s blood – his great grandfather was a brewmeister in Germany. Hence, beer had a presence in his formative years, though it was Stroh’s, and not the kind that brought about real inspiration.
It wasn’t until 2009 that Bill got caught up in the heady days of the craft beer scene in San Diego where he soon realized that, as with many things in life, all beer is not created equal. So began his passage into the craft where Bill navigated the frothy beer waters as, volunteer, investor and willing taste tester. Learning what flavor profiles he gravitated towards and held in spiritual reverence, Bill decided to embark on a new journey. And since he and his younger, less bitter brother grew up in a Midwest glass-half-empty household, the name “Bitter Brothers” seemed fitting for this family affair. These days you can find Bill managing his modest master plan for world domination and overseeing, well, just about everything.
Monica is the Bittersweet half, the charm, the smile, the soft edge of Bitter Brothers – or so they say. One visit to the tasting room and you’ll see for yourself. Monica is the one tasked with overseeing the tasting room, brewery events and sales. Monica get’s that experience from her time as senior event designer with Waters Fine Foods and Catering where you can still find her by day.
There, she sharpened her skills, and it’s not hard to notice how she’s translated her eye for design into the welcoming aesthetic of the Bitter Brothers tasting room. To Monica, breweries and design are not mutually exclusive concepts so she’s set out to ensure our tasting room is the type of place you’ll want to park yourself for a while. You’re welcome to stay. Except after brewery hours. Then Monica might politely ask you to leave.
Bitter the Younger, Kurt is still thanking his good ole Aunt Clara for giving him an early introduction to beer. Anything but a late bloomer, Kurt was just four years old when she used to give him sips of Schlitz – with plenty of chocolate, so that makes it OK. His early affinity for beer followed him through to adulthood, but thankfully Kurt’s palate for great beer has expanded since then. Much like his older brother, Kurt likes to keep his belly full and his hands busy.
Whether he’s home brewing, cooking, painting or sculpting, he’s a man with the need to tinker. An operations guy by trade, Kurt caught the brewing bug years ago after seeing craft beer take off. Not one to sit back and watch, he started home brewing in his free time and taught himself some tools of the trade.
Tyler Tucker, (he just goes by Tucker) is the newest member of the Bitter Family as our Head Brewer. started home brewing in 2008 when he quickly fell in love. Tucker read and absorbed everything he could and knew then that he wanted to be immersed in the brewing industry. So began the rounds with resumes and bottle samples. After a short stint at a now defunct brewery with Travis Smith, Tucker found himself needing a job. He rolled up his sleeves and put in his time at Mission Brewery and Manzanita Brewing where ultimately he was able to brew beer. Tucker then joined the team at Societé just as they were putting the finishing touches on the place. He completed his Associates Degree in Brewing Science and got to work as the Assistant Brewer to co-owners Travis Smith and Doug Constantiner where he contributed in the development of the core beers and the brand. After brewing over 600 batches with Travis, Tucker took on the position of R&D Brewer and Head Brewer of the pub location of Coronado Brewing.
Corey started home brewing in 2010, and after that he was hooked. He always thought he wanted to make his own beer. Things changed after graduating college with a visual arts degree. Looking for a part time job, while trying to “figure shit out” he reached out to a friend working at Stone Brewing Co. Realizing that beer had become life itself, he soaked in all the knowledge he could.
Shortly thereafter, while working at Societe Brewing Company, he earned his level two Certified Cicerone. His time, contacts, and experience there allowed him to be brought onto the Bitter Brothers team heading up Sales and Events. You can find him normally in his car or at a bar, but not at the brewery (he doesn’t need to sell beer to them!).