MEET THE CABINET

DAVID

CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER

David started brewing in 2005 at Hub City Brewing Company in Lubbock, Texas during undergrad. After graduation, he moved to Colorado for a job in managed services, specializing in corporate dining. In addition he was hired as a Brewery Advocate in the Colorado Front Range for Grand Teton Brewing Company, spending his weekends setting up and pouring at various beer festivals and working with their distributor to maintain brand presence in Colorado. In 2010, he left managed services to return back to the craft beer industry full time, being hired on at Dry Dock Brewing Company as a brewer and training under Bill Eye.


MARKS

SUPREME COMMANDER AND BREWMASTER

Marks Lanham is a career brewer. He began professionally brewing in 2002, starting from a 15 barrel brewpub in Lubbock, Texas. He has traveled the country, brewing at Grand Teton Brewing, Boneyard Beer and Barley Brown’s. Since 2007, Marks has won 12 medals at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), a Bronze at the 2008 World Beer Cup and 2013 GABF Very Small Brewing Company and Brewer of the Year (along with Eli Dickison).

Since starting Comrade Brewing in 2014, Marks took home silver at the 2014 & 2015 GABF for the Fresh Hop Superpower IPA in the Fresh or Wet Hop Ale category and gold at the 2016 World Beer Cup for Yellow Fever in the Chili Beer category.


AlyALY

BEER TENDER

Drinking free Comrade beer since the beginning

What is your favorite Comrade beer?
Superpower IPA.

If you could have a beer with anybody, who would it be?
Amy Poehler, because even if I was drinking the worst tasting beer, she would be able to distract me enough to make me think it was the best thing to ever touch my lips. Because she is hilarious.

Your favorite beer memory?
My favorite beer memory was my summer “beer trip” this year to California.  We drove down the pacific coast highway and drank at some of my favorite breweries, stopping at minimum 6 new breweries a day all the way Sent from my iPhone

I fell in love with craft beer when…
I first moved to Colorado in 2007 from North Dakota.  My first beer experience was at New Belgium Brewery and my first “craft beer” was Fat Tire.  This is when beer changed my entire world for the better and I’ve been a beer snob ever since.
When I’m not at Comrade, I’m….
an Oncology CVT at VRCC in Englewood. You can also find me at various brewery tasting rooms, beer bars, or concerts.


BenBEN

BEER TENDER

Drinking free Comrade beer since the beginning

What is your favorite Comrade beer?
Superpower IPA

If you could have a beer with anybody, who would it be?
Just one beer? I don’t know, Beethoven? Jorge Louis Borges? Maybe Maya Angelou, she just seemed so friendly, I think we’d have laughed a lot. But if we can have more than one I’d want to get drunk with Genghis Khan; the guy rode a horse from Beijing to the Crimean Peninsula at a time when most people didn’t know the world beyond the nearest well, plus he’s supposedly an ancestor, not that that’s anything special.

Your favorite beer memory?
My friends and I had a leftover keg we were transporting to a kick the keg party. Montana had no open container law at the time so we ended up cruising around in my friend’s Chevy Suburban grabbing people for the party and pouring warm foamy beers for each new passenger.

I fell in love with craft beer when…
I grew up in Missoula, Montana, my dad always had Bayern Brewing beer and my stepdad drank KettleHouse so I’ve always loved craft beer. High school parties in my town had kegs of Moose Drool. I was spoiled.

When I’m not at Comrade, I’m…
Sleeping; cooking; eating; adding mods to Skyrim and overclocking my computer incrementally; drinking at some dive bar maybe or out listening to music.


EricaERICA

BEER TENDER

Drinking free Comrade beer since the beginning

What is your favorite Comrade beer?
That’s a toss up between Quit Stalin and the Superpower. Superpower is a classic go-to, but for this time of year I’m all about imperial stouts! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

If you could have a beer with anybody, who would it be?
Obi Wan. I’ve always wanted to be a jedi…might as well learn from a master.

Your favorite beer memory?
Seeing David and Marks win silver for Superdamp at the 2014 GABF. Booya!

I fell in love with craft beer when….
I had my first craft beer at the fresh age of 21. No really! As a student at CU I was accustomed to drinking the cheapest of cheap beer(that beer shall remain somewhat incognito) and then one glorious bar-hopping night my life was forever changed. It was Mama’s Yella Pils at the Corner Bar of the Hotel Boulderado with one of my best friends. Looking back, I am amazed at how much craft beer has shaped my life these last few years… so thankful that night led me here.

When I’m not at Comrade, I’m…
having a snuggle sesh with my pup, shreddin the gnar gnar, hanging with the fam, doing a handstand, or eating pho.


MikeMIKE

BEER TENDER

Drinking free Comrade beer since the beginning

What is your favorite Comrade beer?
Defcon Red Irish Red Ale is definitely my favorite of the house beers, but the Bernstein and the Quit Stalin are also common sippers.

If you could have a beer with anybody, who would it be?
I always imagined that having a beer with Troy Duffy, the director of The Boondock Saints films would be a solid experience.

Your favorite beer memory?
After leaving Comrade one day I got a call from the brewery as I was walking through the door of my apartment. On the other end of the line was a pleading voice asking me how to tap a keg. I will not disclose names but I am quite proud that I was able to successful explain over the phone how to tap a keg to someone who had apparently never done so before.

I fell in love with craft beer when…
I had my first Magic Hat #9 in college. After I came to realize just how many different beers styles, flavors, and variations there were out there and that I had to experience as many different ones as I could in my lifetime.

When I’m not at Comrade, I’m…
either relaxing at home, reading or messing around online on my PS4 with my brothers who live out on the east coast, checking out a movie, or exploring Denver and its surrounding nearby cities by way of checking out other breweries and tap houses.


CandaceCANDACE

BEER TENDER

Drinking free Comrade beer since the beginning

What is your favorite Comrade beer?
At the moment is Leroy it is a great go to on a cold day but my year round favorite is Superpower.

If you could have a beer with anybody, who would it be?
Jimmy Paige. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a pint with a rock god?

Your favorite beer memory?
Being able to have a beer with my brother Justin who passed away in 2002. I may have been too young and it was with a not so great beer but having the opportunity to talk over a beer with him is something that I hold dear.

I fell in love with craft beer when….
I was at El Bait Shop in Des Moines, IA my final year of college and I had my first IPA that I really enjoyed which was from Peace Tree Brewing. Being at one of the best beer bars and seeing all of the options that beer has to offer was a whole new world to me.

When I am not at Comrade I’m…
either spending time with my boyfriend Rob and our chocolate lab Wendall and cats Ansel and Rosie or I am experiencing the fashion scene in Denver both behind the camera and in front my Saturdays in the fall though are spent cheering on the Huskers. Go Big Red!


ADISON

BEER DISSEMINATION OFFICER

Drinking free Comrade beer since September 2014

What is your favorite Comrade beer?
Any of the single hop series, Marks and Mike always do such a great job showcasing any hop’s potential

If you could have a beer with anybody, who would it be?
Irish pirate queen Grace O’Malley, Barack Obama, Laura Jane Grace, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Alkaline Trio, Natasha Khan and a lot, lot more

Your favorite beer memory?
Any cozy snowy day or beautiful summer day by the river tend to top the list

I fell in love with craft beer when….
My college roommate Jeff Sammarco, now a GABF medalist himself, first gave me an IPA

When I am not at Comrade I’m…
Either exploring Denver and finding trouble or at home with a book


NateNATE

DEPARTMENT OF ENLIGHTENMENT

Drinking free Comrade beer since October 2015

What is your favorite Comrade beer?
Superpower IPA

If you could have a beer with anybody, who would it be?
I would really enjoy having a beer with Bill Murray. You would never know where the conversation would go. Also, I imagine laughing a lot.

Your favorite beer memory?
My brother bribing me with a six-pack to not tell our parents that he was having a party. I drank my first beer that night while playing Mario Kart.

I fell in love with craft beer when….
I was at a graduation party and my friend gave me an Alaskan IPA. Ever since, I have been exploring breweries and enjoying great beer.

When I am not at Comrade I’m…I
‘m playing volleyball, hiking, golfing, or getting off my feet and watching a movie.

Mike DMIKE

Brewer

Drinking free Comrade beer since April 2016

What is your favorite Comrade beer?
Superpower and whichever installment of Honeyman is available.

If you could have a beer with anybody, who would it be?
Homer Simpson at a sports event, because I wanna be a nacho man.

Your favorite beer memory?
Drinking Mickey’s grenades, watching the sunset in Hawaii.

I fell in love with craft beer when….
For my 21st birthday my dad took me to the New Belgium brewery and bought a stove top homebrew kit, haven’t looked back since.

When I am not at Comrade I’m…
I’m enjoying the amazing craft beer Colorado has to offer, gardening, playing golf, going to concerts, making dinner, or playing games in my underwear.