Mark's love of craft beer began with his first brewery visit while in college – Arrowhead Brewing Company in Pennsylvania. With that first sip of their Red Feather Pale Ale, his life would change. It had such great flavor and aroma, both characteristics that other beers didn't have at the time.
After graduating from Shippensburg University with a Bachelors Degree in Geo-Environmental Studies, Mark worked for 15 years in his family's landscaping business, Tilley's Nursery in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. He managed crews, materials and installations, all the while home brewing styles of beer that he couldn't find on shelves, visiting many more breweries in his free time, and dreaming about a career in the craft brewing industry. Finally in 2011, he and his wife (then girlfriend), Suzanne, both decided to make career changes and he took the leap to professional brewing.
They landed in New Hampshire and Mark at Long Trail Brewing Company. He started as a Brewer's Assistant and quickly moved into a Brewers position. It was quite different going from 5 gallon batches to a 4 vessel, 60 BBL, direct fire brew house in Vermont, but he loved every minute (even with shifts that would go from 6 pm to 2 or 3 or 4 am!). While at Long Trail, he attended the American Brewers Guild and completed the Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering Diploma Course in November 2012.
With an eventual move to New Jersey on the horizon he reached out to us at Cricket Hill, and well, he has been brewing, learning, teaching, and enjoying Cricket Hill's great culture and great beers since joining us in July 2013. His favorite everyday beer is Hopnotic IPA and favorite small batch beer is Sim-Notic Imperial IPA. He has also introduced 2 new Belgian recipes to our portfolio, a Double Wit and an Abbey Tripel. We hope you enjoy them as much as he does!