Nick was raised in small town Indiana, but moved to Indianapolis to attend college. After completing his studies he worked in local nonprofits for six years. He also began to homebrew right after college and fell in love with the process. Nick joined Metazoa in 2016 as the pilot brewer and has worked his way up to head brewer over the years. His main focus is brewing, but he also enjoys recipe formulation and developing effective and efficient processes for the brewing team. When he isn't brewing, Nick enjoys cycling and cooking.
FAVORITE BEER: Saisons, English Bitters, Sours
FAVORITE ANIMAL: Otters, foxes
JOHN J. HALL,
John was born and raised in the Northwest side of Chicago. He attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Film and Animation. After 10 years of industrial film work and Hotel audio visual work, he realized that perhaps he should look outside his intended career field for a more fulfilling vocation.
Having a love for beer and already homebrewing for about a year, he confidently, if not irrationally, quit his job and and enrolled at The Siebel Institute, the country's oldest brewing school. After graduation, he landed a cellar position at Goose Island Beer Co. He worked at Goose Island for 15 years and in that time, worked up to the position of Head Brewer. After Goose Island, he moved on to become Brewmaster at the Latin American-inspired startup brewery, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. After 4 plus years at 5 Rabbit, he came to Metazoa in Indianapolis, leaving his home city for the first time. John says of the move, "I'm enjoying being a stranger in a strange land, and am really enjoying brewing in and exploring my new home."
FAVORITE BEER: Depends when you catch him, but Bohemian Pilsner is always up there
FAVORITE ANIMAL: Otters (River or Sea), the Elusive Giant Squid
Dave Worthington graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University in 1979. He has started approximately 10 businesses to date, including The Worthington Company. When Dave and Rand Wilson started Brewery Tours of Indianapolis in 2012, they thirsted to be more deeply involved in the craft beer community and decided to begin work on Metazoa Brewing Co. Dave is a retired home brewer and usually visits over 100 breweries per year. When he’s not enjoying beer you can find Dave on the golf course, fishing, or spending quality time with his family.
FAVORITE BEER: Anything with an ABV of 10% or above, and Belgians
FAVORITE ANIMAL: Speedy, his late three-legged cat.
DALE VAN DERAA,
Dale was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Since 11 years old though, he spent most of his summers in South Bend, Indiana working at a summer camp. After years at the camp, a short stint in the Army, and numerous vocations, he decided in 2009 that brewing beer is what he’d really like to do for a living. In his pursuit of a beer career, which would eventually land him back in Indiana, he spent several years in Denver, and brief times both in Phoenix and Portland. He experienced and learned all different sides of brewing in the places he worked. Through a chance encounter on social media, the timing was right and Metazoa and Dale met. When not working Dale enjoys spending time with his wife Bekah, and daughter Audrey.
FAVORITE BEER: Hoppy beers
(but depends on mood and season)
FAVORITE ANIMAL: Mantis Shrimp
On Feb. 7, 2007, Rand Wilson starting working for Dave Worthington at The Worthington Company as an on-site coordinator. He quickly proved himself invaluable to Dave. In 2012, Rand and Dave began Brewery Tours of Indianapolis together and Brewery Tours of St. Louis in 2013. As a Marine, Rand currently holds the position of Past Commander of the American Legion Post 34 in Broad Ripple. He also enjoys riding his Harley Davidson Street Glide on long road trips or spur of the moment adventures.
FAVORITE BEER: Anything hoppy or imperial
FAVORITE ANIMAL: all animals
Carly grew up in small town Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with a Tourism & Hospitality Management degree. After college Carly moved to Indianapolis and fell in love with the city. Outside work Carly enjoys spending time with her husband, cooking, sports, video games, and playing with her two dogs: Rosco & Jameson.
FAVORITE BEER: IPAs
FAVORITE ANIMAL: Dogs, sharks, and elephants
Director, Sales + Marketing
Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Minor in Theater Design from Vanderbilt University in 2012 before starting a career in sales and marketing. A lifelong beer-enthusiast, animal-lover, and self-proclaimed 'foodie,' Lauren was thrilled to become part of a company whose mission and culture was as unique and inspiring as its product. In her time outside the brewery, Lauren loves to cook, practice yoga, travel, and explore the local Indianapolis theater and arts scene.
FAVORITE BEER: Anything made with coffee or chocolate!
FAVORITE ANIMAL: Chimps and her white Persian cat, Sophie
DRINK BEER. HELP ANIMALS.
5% of Metazoa's profits are donated to animal and wildlife organizations.
Manager, Marketing & Events
Before working at Metazoa Brewing Co., Sarah worked for three years at Heartland Film managing marketing and design initiatives for the annual 11-day Heartland Int'l Film Festival and other year-round programs and events. In 2014, Sarah received a Telecommunications degree from Indiana University with minors in Studio Art and Communication & Culture. While in college, she interned with KCET Los Angeles, NBCUniversal, and the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology. Outside of work, Sarah loves traveling, long walks on the Monon, devouring new books, hosting dinner parties, and over-analyzing her favorite television shows.
FAVORITE BEER: chocolate milk stouts and cream ales
FAVORITE ANIMAL: dogs with human names like Kevin
METAZOA BREWING CO
Born and raised in Greenwood, Eric enrolled in the Police Academy after high school before attending Vincennes University where he studied both Physical Education Teaching and Computer Networking and Security. After college, he joined the Army and then soon started his career at Metazoa, first as one of our founding members of the bar staff and now as the AGM. In his free time, Eric loves movies, sports, and cooking with his son, Ethan.
FAVORITE BEER: easy-drinking ales and pilsners
FAVORITE ANIMAL: new puppies and kittens