Chris secured a job as an Assistant Winemaker in Texas after graduating from Oregon State University in 2009 with a degree in fermentation science. After spending several years in Texas, Chris moved back home to Oregon to pursue his passion, craft beer. During his professional brewing career, Chris has brewed at Rogue Ales, Deschutes Brewery, and Cascade Lakes Brewery. When he isn’t brewing Chris enjoys hunting and fishing. His favorite Initiative beer is Hare of the Dog.
Ryan has had an entrepreneurial drive since his first job back in high school. Prior to spending his last year in the non-profit realm teaching finance to others, he transitioned his own business of three years to begin his pursuit of passion in the realm of craft brews. He graduated the University of Oregon in 2013 with his B.S. in economics and minors in business and mathematics. In addition to business ownership, he has over 8 years in the restaurant industry serving various roles. When he isn't looking over numbers on his computer, Ryan loves rock climbing and board gaming. His favorite Initiative beer is Redemption Stout.
With almost two decades of kitchen experience and most recently being the Head Chef at the Holiday Inn in Springfield, Matt's passion for food is only matched by his love for beer and Central Oregon. When Matt isn't cooking up something tasty, he enjoys going to the park with his kids and being outdoors exploring. His favorite beer is the Oryegon Lager.
Restaurant Operations Manager
With 11 years of brewpub experience and a lifetime love affair with craft beer, she decided to join Initiative on the ground floor. Recently married (with the reception at Initiative), mother of two humans and one doberman puppy. When she isn't being a mom at home or the brewery, she cheers on the Dallas Cowboys and does all things Harry Potter. Her favorite food here is the mac n' cheese with bacon paired with a Hoppy Habits IPA.
Central Oregon Sales Manager
Shane has 5 years of craft brew experience and he has enjoyed every second of it. After spending over half a decade skiing, climbing, rafting, and just generally doing things outside, he discovered that he had a passion for the brewing world and the community that surrounds it. He was born and raised in Redmond and he does love his hometown hugely. His favorite Initiative Beer is the Shaneful Red, he also loves the Mac and Cheese.
A lover of Saturday Markets, believer in aliens, and bleacher of flannels, Halie naturally grew into her role as the lead of our creative team here at Initiative. She is a central Oregon Native and mother to an adorable daughter named Oakleigh. When she has extra time, she loves going to concerts, astro-traveling, and photography. She exclusively eats bacon cheeseburgers and her favorite beer at Initiative is the Taking Pourever Blonde.