Matty Symons, Co-Founder and Bloke, Head Brewer and Operations Manager
Matty is an accomplished home brewer and craft beer enthusiast with 20 years of experience in brewing craft beer. He studied brewing technology and methodology at Siebel Institute of Technology, America’s oldest brewing school.
Matty grew up in Melbourne, Australia and studied business and economics at La Trobe University and applied science at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. After a number of years running a successful photography business in Melbourne and London, England, he moved to the United States. He relocated from New England to Charleston in 2007 and worked at Blackbaud for 9 years.
Matty is our head brewer and operations manager. He manages production scheduling, brewing, brew staff management, inventory, quality control and brew house safety and operations.
Sean Geddis, Co-Founder and Bloke, Sales and Public Relations
A southern transplant, Sean grew up abroad and has spent the last 12 year in the Charleston area. A military brat and former Coast Guard Petty Officer, Sean has an entrepreneurial spirit and has built a successful 15 year career in technical sales. His experience ranges from bar management to bicycle mechanic, law enforcement to software sales. He holds a BSBA in management from Hawaii Pacific University, and currently works as a sales executive at a local tech company. His passions, outside of a love for all things craft beer, are locavore culture, live music, cycling, spending time outside, being a dad and a husband, and fixing stuff that’s broken (a good skill for a production brewery)!
Sean manages sales and distributor relations, building our brand, and fixing broken stuff around the brewery.
Brittany Ballinger, Co-Founder, Taproom Hoperations, Lady Bloke
Brittany is a self described Connecticut yankee in King Charles’ court. Originally hailing from Connecticut, she’s called the Lowcountry home for 12 years and is a College of Charleston grad with a background including the arts, food & bev, and fashion merchandising. She’s most recently left a career in enterprise software support management – or as she calls it, her transition from SQL server to beer server. A lifelong beer lover, she owes her craft beer knowledge and appreciation to her hubby (bloke Sean) and looks forward to sharing that “alepreciation” with the Lowcountry! You’ll find her behind the bar pulling pints, or running our social media channels.
Evelyn Kofler, Co-Founder, Alewife, Marketing and Communications, Lady Bloke
Evelyn grew up in wine country in the Fingerlakes of New York State and spent her summers during high school and college working in wineries giving tasting and tours. In craft beer she found similar qualities to what she loved about wine – endless flavors and aromas to explore, and an intriguing mix of art and science. She loves educating others about craft beer, especially women who may not consider themselves beer drinkers. She has worked in marketing and communications, both print and online, for 20 years and she manages the company brand including the website and email marketing. She also heads up our women’s beer events. She is married to bloke Matty.