Crooked Lane Brewing Company

Meet the Team

Adrian Psuty

Chief Financial Officer and Head of Production Operations

Adrian Psuty earned a Pennsylvania State University Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Minor in Biology. It was during college, over 20 years ago, that he first began brewing beer and distilling spirits.

After college, he initially worked as a Mass Spectrometry Team Leader of an environmental laboratory providing drinking and wastewater analysis. He transitioned to a role as Field Service Engineer for an analytical instrument manufacturer. As part of this role, he installed the analysis instrumentation and trained the lab personnel for approximately 30 ethanol production facilities throughout the Midwest. He then took a role with a startup biotech company based in the California Bay Area as a Field Service Applications Specialist.

As a home brewer, Adrian has won numerous awards for his beers and has continued to expand the styles in his repertoire. He has studied commercial brewing extensively and has training certificates from White Labs for commercial yeast handling, UC Davis and the Seibel Institute for brewing coursework.

Adrian Psuty



Kirt Braun, PhD

President and Head of Distribution & Sales

After earning a PhD in Genetics and Cell Biology in 2000, Kirt Braun began his career as a Technical Applications Scientist with Miltenyi Biotec, based in Auburn. After four years in a technical role, Kirt transitioned to a more strategic position in a top 5 Bay Area biotech company as a Business Area Manager for a $20 million business segment within the company. During this time he was deeply involved in product development, production, marketing and sales of his product portfolio.

Kirt fell in love with the Foothills of Northern California and sought an opportunity to return to the Auburn area. Kirt has always had a passion for craft beer. He started home brewing in the early 1990s and looks forward to applying his business acumen to creating an exceptional customer experience for craft beer and providing the best product possible to the Foothills community.




Paul Schilling

Vice President, Marketing Communications

A third generation Californian connected to the Foothills for over 30 years, Paul believes and lives in the ethic that you get back what you put in. Paul spent nearly 20 years working in hi-tech as a member and manager in corporate communications and creative service departments. Paul has participated and led in the build-out and design of four major corporate brand identity changes, a dozen corporate website redesigns, and accumulated countless hours of experience working with Bay Area ad and design agencies to execute a large array of design projects. Paul’s eye for design and marketing stems from his beginnings as a graphic artist in the early 1980s.

Paul is keenly aware of the importance of community-building and connection with craft beer enthusiasts in our region and beyond.

Teresa Psuty

Brewmaster

A tenacious pursuit of excellence…This statement describes my approach to the art and science of brewing beer. My work as an engineer in biotechnology prepared me for the diligence required to be a competent brewer, and now I balance that with creativity to create compelling new flavors to delight our customers. I believe quality and authenticity are the objectives that will bring our brewery success; we have achieved a lot over the last two years striving for these ideals. We want to be the place where you can find a beautiful example of a German Lager or Koln-style Kolsch, but also an amazing New England-style Triple IPA. I try to make sure there is truly something for everyone, even people who don’t like beer!

Many people ask me what it’s like to be a female Brewmaster, and I have to admit it’s not something I think about often. But, if ever there were a time for women in the beer industry, it’s now. Women are connecting with craft beer as a passion and vocation in huge numbers, and I’m so proud to be part of that.

There is nothing like sharing beer you envisioned with someone, and finding it brings them joy. I have found my life’s work, and it’s a kick in the pants.

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Adam Gary

Brewer and Barrel Program Manager

As a tech dropout turned brewer, I brought my home brewing experience to the professional scene. Long hours scratching my head and experimenting in my garage proved indispensable in navigating the challenges of large scale commercial brewing. Additionally, the team at Crooked Lane has offered so much support and assistance in taking my skills to the next level.

What I love most about brewing is its multidisciplinary nature. Physics, Chemistry, Microbiology, and Technology, all fermented into delicious alcoholic art. It’s a geek’s dream!




Alyssa Steger

Brewer

With a Food Science degree from UC Davis, I’ve worked in the beer industry the past two years. While in Davis I served beer and started learning production at Three Mile Brewing, and went on to intern at MillerCoors in Georgia. I returned to Sacrmento and cellared at Track 7 before jumping into brewing at Crooked Lane!

My favorite part of brewing is how it brings together different areas of science for a product built with passion and collaboration.




Ben Parker

Cellarman

I’ve worked at Crooked Lane since February of 2018, and I gotta say the people here rock! I like to put my nose to the grindstone and watch my hard work bloom into an amazing product. This job demands responsibility and accountability, and my analytical mind demands complex challenges; serendipitous, wouldn’t you say?

Of course, I couldn’t do this alone. My favorite thing about working here is my teammates. Diligent, hardworking, and encouraging – we accomplish a lot!

Marnina Delahanty

Regional Sales Manager
(916) 899-8281
Lower Placer County

Being Crooked Lane family is huge in my life. I make it my job to expand community through customer connections. Working abroad, college degrees, and a sales management career – nothing before Crooked Lane prepared me for the upbeat nature of selling this beer! People are happy to see their Crooked Lane rep. I’m spoiled, selling such great brews. Thanks, Teresa!

When I’m not talking craft beer, I’m likely with family at our favorite Auburn lookout watching our Boxer, Gusto, play fetch solitaire. (Think pinecone on hillside.)




Philip Kedinger-Cecil

Regional Sales Manager
(831) 331-6883
Upper Placer & Nevada County

I am a proud local with a great love of our emerging beer scene here in Auburn. When I initially joined the team here at Crooked Lane, I was hired as the delivery driver, and quickly worked my way up into sales. My passion for the customers and the area we serve continues to be a powerful motivator for me.

I am grateful for this opportunity to bring our great beer to my very own community.




Spencer Agins

Regional Sales Manager
(916) 710-0685
Sacramento

I think I was born loving beer, but when I grew up and truly discovered craft beer as an art form my enthusiasm took hold. I’ve sold everything from cars to advertising but it wasn’t until I started working at Crooked Lane that my selling talent and my love for craft beer meshed. Qualified? I think my passion speaks for itself.

I love working with Crooked Lane because it’s one big happy family that makes excellent beer and I love interacting with our customers.




Andrew Clark

Regional Sales Manager
(916) 316-0823
El Dorado County including Folsom & Granite Bay

Why am I qualified to sell you beer? It’s not because I can name every hop in every beer with a mere sniff. It’s not because I can skillfully debate a properly executed lager. It’s surely not because I thought the brite tank was the shiniest of all the tanks. Nope. It’s because I have over 20 years building relationships with people and I just plain dig beer!

When I’m not talking about craft beer I am most definitely talking about something with wheels! I love riding mountain bikes and playing with cars. Oh, and I’m pretty into high fives!




Nate Tipton

Regional Sales Manager
(361) 461-1640
Butte County

I am a recent graduate of Chico State University with my degree in Project Management and i also have 1 and 1/2 years within the beer industry, from working in a bottle shop with one of the biggest selections of craft beer in the nation to beertending in on of the biggest beer bars in Chico.

The region i serve is important to me because its where I began my craft beer journey and met some of my closest belligerent buddies.

Brian Childers

Taproom Manager
(530) 401-6139

Prior to craft beer, I worked as an Air Force Medical Laboratory Technician. Beer was the welcome change I was looking for. At Crooked Lane, I’ve worn many hats, from beertender, to cellarman, to taproom manager.

Beer has the charming quality of bringing people together. If you’ve made the pilgrimage to Crooked Lane, you’ve seen me serving great beer to our amazing community. The brewery keeps me on my toes, with a new challenge at every step.