Born in St. Louis, most of Jim’s life has revolved around beer and this wonderfully exciting industry. At 18, Jim worked for a beer wholesaler in Columbia, Missouri. He decided then that beer would play an important role in his life. It was easy to see that beer was connected to sports, music, and entertainment and that beer made good times even better.
After graduating Jim jumped aboard with a major brewer. There, he learned that brewing beer was as much an art as a science. He learned that his colleagues shared the same passion…” To make the highest quality beers and to grow brands by building relationships with everyone along the way.”
Jim continued to build relationships throughout nine moves around the United States and a 3 year international assignment where he traveled throughout Europe, Russia, and China. It was easy to see that beer was as diverse as the consumers drinking it. He was exposed to a wide variety of lagers, ales and authentic styles throughout his travels. It wasn’t long before he craved different brands and styles for different occasions like a Belgian at dinner with friends or a crisp lager during a World Cup game in Germany.
After returning to the states, Jim tuned in to the craft beer revolution. His travels abroad opened his mind and pallet to the limitless beer choices and unique tastes. He realized that US beer drinkers were seeking different brands for different occasions…it wasn’t about loyalty to one brand but loyalty to the beer category. Just as wine drinkers sought out different varieties, beer drinkers were seeking fuller and different tasting beers….they wanted to experience everything that beer had to offer.
In 2011, Jim joined the O’Fallon team. It was the opportunity of a lifetime. Now he had the opportunity to bring twenty years of domestic and international beer experience to a small brewery with unlimited potential. Here he plans to apply his experience by challenging his team to brew beers that challenge and delight consumers throughout the country. He knows that if O’Fallon brews the highest quality beer, and builds the right relationships, that we will be successful….his vision is simple…most of the best one’s are.
Jim and his wife Debbie, live in Kirkwood with their son and daughter. His favorite O’Fallon beer is a 5 Day IPA.