Meet Our Team

Get to know our team!

Cascade Brewing

Meet Our Team

Get to know our team!

ART LARRANCE

Owner

Bio: Art Larrance has been involved in Oregon’s craft beer industry since its inception and is considered one of the seven founding fathers of the Oregon craft brewing industry. He co-founded one of the state’s first microbreweries, Portland Brewing, as well as the Oregon Brewers Festival, which today is one of the world’s preeminent craft beer festivals. He helped pass Oregon’s Brewpub law, paving the way for scores of pubs since. And he developed Cascade Brewing, a pioneer of the Northwest sour beer movement.
Art got involved in the craft beer industry from its earliest onset in Oregon, homebrewing in a friend’s basement in the late 1970s. He went on to brew Grant’s Scottish Ales for the Oregon draft market with high school buddy Fred Bowman in the early 1980s.

Portland’s reputation as Brewvana wouldn’t exist without brewpubs, and we have a handful of people to thank for that, including Art. He, along with Fred Bowman, Brian and Mike McMenamin, Fred Eckhardt, Dick Ponzi, and Kurt and Rob Widmer initiated brewpub legislation in Oregon in 1985, making it legal for a brewery to sell its beer on premise, an act that had been banned in Oregon since Prohibition.

In 1986, Art and Fred opened Portland Brewing Co., which quickly evolved and grew. They sold stock to shareholders, who claimed stools at the bar.

In 1988, Art was an active partner in organizing the Oregon Brewers Festival and is now the sole owner of the long-running and beloved event. The festival has grown from 22 breweries to 84, and from 15,000 attendees to more than 80,000 from all over the world. An economic survey estimates the Oregon Brewers Festival’s effect on the local economy at more than $30 million annually.

In 1994, Art left Portland Brewing to pursue another craft beer adventure. Four years later he opened the Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub and Cascade Brewing in Southwest Portland. His goal was to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere for families to enjoy quality food and craft beer brewed on-site.

In 2006, Art and brewmaster Ron Gansberg began an aging and blending program that would lead to countless awards and an entire new style of beer: the Northwest Sour Ale. The rest, as they say, is history!!

Year Started: 1998

Favorite Beer: The one in my hand

RON GANSBERG

Brewmaster/Cellarmaster

Bio: Daily duties include brewing operations from recipe development, brew scheduling, blend formulation, cellar operations, packaging, brand development, budgeting, strategic planning and capital expansion. I have a background in winemaking and first worked at BridgePort Brewing in 1986 as well as four years at Portland Brewing. I have nearly 30 years experience working in production as a brewer, as an engineering manager and as brewing operations manager.

Year Started: 1998

Favorite Beer: My favorite Cascade beer is in a glass right in front of me; keep them coming!

TIM LARRANCE

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Bio: I’m responsible for all sales and marketing functions, including managing and directing the company’s growing wholesaler network across the United States as well as helping continue to build the Cascade Brewing brand across the globe. I have more than 23 years in the beverage industry, holding area and regional management and director positions with Labatt USA, Inbev and William Grant & Sons.

Year Started: 2016

Favorite Beer: Sang Royal

JONATHAN BERRY

Brewery Production Manager and Chief Science Officer

Bio: I’ve spent 15 years homebrewing; one year at Widmer Brothers in cellar and packaging operations; and three years with Lompoc Brewing covering all aspects of brewing, cellaring and barrel aging. I am an alumnus of the American Brewers Guild.

Year Started: 2010

Favorite Beer: Saison Grand

MATT SMITH

Lead Brewer

Bio: I’ve brewed with both Widmer Brothers Brewing & Ninkasi Brewing before joining the Cascade team.

Year Started: 2015

Favorite Beer: Saison Grand

MICHAEL MATHIS

Brewer/Cellarman

Bio: My job at Cascade involves making liquid gold for the masses, yeast proptologist and water fight initiator. I brewed at Coalition Brewing for one and a half years, and am an alumnus of the American Brewers Guild.

Year Started: 2015

Favorite Beer: Impossible to choose

STEVE STOCKWELL

Production Brewer

Bio: I spent time at OSU in the fermentation science program, as well as in the wine industry. I have also worked as an artisan cheesemaker and a cook.

Year Started: 2012

Favorite Beer: Diesel

KEVIN MARTIN

Lead Blender/Cellarmaster

Bio: I’m in charge of sour beer production management, blend construction and forecasting, fruit contracting, coordinating Tap It Tuesday events and general production administration. I’ve been a homebrewer since 2003, and served as a winery cellarman in Oregon, New Zealand and Australia. I was a brewery intern at Laurelwood Brewing and went on to graduate from the American Brewers Guild course in Brewing Science and Engineering. I’ve been a cellarman at Cascade Brewing and was named Lead Blender in 2014. I graduated Portland State University’s Business of Craft Brewing program in 2015.

Year Started: 2012

Favorite Beer: Sang Royal

NORM STOKES

Cellar Manager

Bio: My job encompasses the execution and oversight of day to day cellar operations. Prior to Cascade I spent 3.5 years at Firestone Walker Brewing where I worked in the quality and sensory labs, cellar, and brewhouse. I have a B.S. in chemical engineering and have completed the Master Brewer program through the collaboration of Siebel Institute in Chicago and Doemens Academy in Munich.

Year Started: 2016

Favorite Beer: Yet to Decide!

PATRICK KAPPLER

Facilities Manager

Bio: My job involves warehouse maintenance, finished goods inventory control, shipping and receiving, oversight of logistics department and the movement and placement of obscenely large objects. I’m a veteran homebrewer and beer drinker, as well as a former lab technician with extensive work in chemical and microbiological lab analysis.

Year Started: 2015

Favorite Beer: Manhattan

RYAN MCCARTHY

Barrel Manager/Cellarman/Blender

Bio: I’m in charge of oak preparation/cooperage, oak inoculation, barrel care/maintenance, ullage monitoring, oak inventory management, tasting/sensory analysis, light laboratory analysis, fruit preparation/processing/additions, beer transfers, equipment maintenance, kegging/racking/bottling, barrel floor maintenance, keg inventory and general cellar/warehouse duties as assigned. I started out as a homebrewer in 2005, which piqued my interest in a new career. My first professional experiences were as a cellarman at Hip Chicks Do Wine, Dobbes Estates and A-Z Wineworks. I then moved to the beer side, working as a cellarman for BJ’s Brewing, Lompoc Brewing and Widmer Brewing. I volunteer at a number of local beer festivals and serve as an alcohol monitor for the 2015 MLS Champion Portland Timbers – RCTID!

Year Started: 2012

Favorite Beer: Tie between Cranberry, Pumpkin Smash and Bourbonic Plague

NICK SIMMONS

Cellarman/Blender

Bio: My everyday duties include blending and oversight of beer from oaks to an eventual finished product, cellar upkeep, and oak barrel preparation. I’m a veteran homebrewer and craft beer drinker.

Year Started: 2014

Favorite Beer: A hard tie between Sang Noir and Figaro

PIETER BIERMA

Chief Barrel Librarian

Bio: My job is to track and organize all oak barrels and assist in the cellar. My brewing experience has been assisting friends with homebrewing.

Year Started: 2015

Favorite Beer: Noyaux

JULIEN JABORSKA

Cellarman/Blender

Bio: I oversee beer transfers, fruit processing and bottling line operations. As a homebrewer for four years, I’ve been constantly working on improving my own saison and other farmhouse style recipes. As a gardener, I’ve also been adding my own homegrown fruits, veggies, herbs, and of course, hops to my beers.

Year Started: 2015

Favorite Beer: Noyaux

STU MACLEOD

Cellarman/Blender

Bio: I’m in charge of bottle labeling duties as well as assisting with bottling the beer, cleaning and sulphuring oak barrels, cleaning foudres and handling fruit. Prior to Cascade, I managed the beer department of the largest beer retailer in Texas; have sold and distributed craft and Belgian beer; served as an assistant brewer at a large production brewery; and have nearly seven years of homebrewing experience.

Year Started: 2015

Favorite Beer: Figaro

EDWIN JOHNSON

Sales Manager

Bio: I’m in charge of sales and distribution, managing promotional events, educating distributors on the sour process, selling Cascade beer, and promoting it out of state. With limited homebrewing experience, I came from the front of house at the Barrel House and, learning from the cellar guys, I started by bottling and labeling inbetween bartending shifts. I was offered the delivery driver job as a full time in with the production crew. From there, I moved to facilities management when we integrated into the Blending House. From there I was offered the sales job.

Year Started: 2013

Favorite Beer: Manhattan? I say that with great hesitation because all of our beers are phenomenal.

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