Upon graduating from Montague High School in 2009, RJ had no clue what he wanted to do with his life, only that he wanted to enjoy it. After failed attempts at earning a degree at North Park University and Aquinas college, he bounced around jobs including a year working for the United States Postal Service. The only job he consistently held was that of a musician.
Everything changed in 2013 when Founders Brewing Co offered him a position in the brewhouse as an assistant. It was there where he would fall in love with the industry and would soak up all the information he could. With no prior home brewing experience, RJ would pick the brewers brains. He then started reading some books and getting more and more comfortable around the brewhouse. He would then move on in 2014 to brew for Fetch Brewing Co and again in 2015 to Harmony Brewing Co, always learning along the way.
By March of 2016, RJ felt he was ready to take the next step and took over as Brewmaster at Bare Bones Brewery in Oshkosh, WI. At Bare Bones he was given total control over the brewhouse, instilling all of his recipes and building a solid reputation with his bold beers. Recipes like Dog Daze India Pale Ale and Bitch In Heat Strawberry Jalapeño Red Ale have become very popular for their big flavor profiles.
North Grove Brewers was an idea RJ had when he first started in this industry. He always thought it would be cool to open his brewery back home. It was a dream that he wasn’t sure would ever come to fruition but after years of honing his skills and surrounding himself with great people, it all worked itself out!