MEET THE VIRGINIA BEER CO. TEAM
CHRIS SMITH / Co-Founder
Originally from Connecticut, Chris’ first Williamsburg experience was as a student at The College of William & Mary. After graduation, Chris spent five years working for a large financial firm in New York City and later Boston. He and his wife Erin (also a member of the Tribe, and now a local veterinarian) returned to Williamsburg in late 2012 to begin scouting locations for The Virginia Beer Company. Chris spends most of his free time taking care of their rescue animals (Jasmine, a 10 year-old fluffy brown cat, and Gracie, a one year-old Australian Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix), eating Haribo gummy candy, and running.
ROBBY WILLEY / Co-Founder
Robby was born and raised in Northern VA. After a brief stint out of state as a student at the University of Rhode Island, Robby made his triumphant return to Virginia when he transferred to The College of William & Mary in 2002. After graduating in 2005, Robby worked in the finance field for a firm in Arlington, VA for almost 10 years before making his full time return to Williamsburg in 2014. Robby spends his free time volunteering for W&M, serving as a member of the City of Williamsburg EDA, and working to transcribe his adventures 140 characters at a time on any social media platform accessible via mobile device.
JONATHAN NEWMAN / Brewmaster
A 2006 graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, Jonathan began his professional brewing career at Jackalope Brewing Company in Nashville, TN. In late 2011 he accepted a position brewing for SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta, GA. While there, Jonathan was one of a handful of brewers behind numerous Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup winning beers. Jonathan graduated from the American Brewers Guild "Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering" program in December 2013 and later joined the team at The Virginia Beer Company as Brewmaster in August 2014. On the rare occasion he's away from the brewery and not thinking about beer, Jonathan spends his free time chasing live music, hiking and camping whenever possible, and hanging with his dog, Cassidy.