MEET OUR TEAM
SEAN BUCHAN - HEAD BREWER
Doctor of Physical Therapy turned Head Brewer, Sean latched onto brewing as a way out of the eternal emptiness that is American health care. After receiving a homebrew kit from good friends PJ and Jess, Sean fell headlong into this incredibly addicting “hobby”. Numerous awards and experience brewing alongside friends at professional breweries prompted Sean to make the best career move one could possibly make. If you see a tall, awkwardish guy lumbering around the brewery, that’s probably him. Take caution, as he’s easily startled.
Dan McGuirE - BEER FINANCIER
Maybe the Cerebral seed was planted long ago - the day in college when Dan and Sean were determined to install a tap in a refrigerator door so they could serve cold beer to all their friends. Hmmm. Whatever it was - Dan jumped at the chance to get onboard at Cerebral and help Sean serve much better beer to his friends in Denver. Based in Chicago, Dan is a human capital M&A consultant by day and numbers guy for Cerebral by night. Dan brings some serious business savvy and spreadsheet wizardry to the team; basically making sure Sean doesn't blow all the money on foeders.
KAYLIN DETTMAN - MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Kaylin grew up in coastal southern California in a family of homebrewers, a tradition that influenced both her and her brother to love good beer and appreciate the work and love that go into the process. But it was getting a job at a restaurant with a serious, considered tap list that really changed things for her, in particular, the first piney, floral sip of a true west coast IPA. After that, there was no going back. If she’s not behind the bar charming the residents of Congress Park, she’s probably in the taproom organizing live music, fundraisers or any number of events for Cerebral. When not at Cerebral, Kaylin spends her time with her life partner dog Jobin and her dog walker husband Christian.
STERLING HALL - SAISON LIAiSON
After spending several years drinking nothing but Dutch lager in The Netherlands, Sterling took a trip to Belgium that changed everything. Upon returning to the U.S., he did what many debt-laden grad students do and began tending bar across the American West, landing in Oregon, Alaska and finally Colorado. It was on that journey that he discovered how truly great American craft beer had become and that Belgium had a rightful heir. In celebration of this, he’s taken a solemn oath to drink, discuss, sell, eyeball, appraise, covet, purchase and horde great beer. You can find Sterling in the taproom doing any combination of the above or around town preaching the gospel for Cerebral.
SAMI HARTMAN - PIZZA GYPSY
Born and raised in Denver, Sami has always felt she was destined to work in the craft beer industry. A short stint producing reality TV deterred her for a few years, but didn’t stop her from finally pursuing her passion. In the three years Sami has spent in the industry, she has worked for breweries of all shapes and sizes, passed her Certified Cicerone exam, and has finally found her forever home (yes, like a stray cat) at Cerebral. As the self-titled Pizza Gypsy, Sami is assuming the role of keg-slinging sales hustler. You can find her in the market preaching the good word of Cerebral and talking about how much she loves pugs. Remember, she has no volume control and only calls you a dummy because she cares.
PATRICK COMBS - fungus foreman
Upon experiencing marginal success with an expired Mr. Beer kit, Patrick knew that he wanted to dedicate his life to the history, production, and advancement of beer. As the former Sensory Scientist at Avery Brewing Co., Patrick helped ruin the beer experience for many by training them on a catalog of off-flavors. In February of 2017, Patrick joined the ranks of less than 100 people in the world to successfully pass the Advanced Cicerone® exam. He will sit for the Master Cicerone exam in October of 2019, where he will sacrifice his soul in a secret blood oath ritual. You can find Patrick running around Cerebral wearing too much PPE, growing yeast, mumbling about efficiencies, and trying to convince Sean to brew styles that nobody will purchase.
Zach Minard -
Despite seeing 48 states and living in 24 different homes, somehow Zach keeps coming back to Colorado, the greatest beer state in all the land. He swears it's a coincidence. His passion for beer is only beat by his passion for design, so when Sean hit him up to do some illustration for Cerebral, you could say he was just a bit excited. In fact, he designed that bottle sitting in your fridge right now (if you're one of the cool kids at least). These days he enjoys "researching" beer designs around the world with his fiancée, Danielle.