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Sean Faris, General Manager

I moved to Bozeman from sunny San Diego, California to lose myself in my obsession with fly fishing, fly tying, backpacking and oh yes, school. Over the next 17 years, I’ve gained a significant understanding and appreciation for more than just the food and beverages I serve and stand behind today.  I’m truly passionate about the heart of our business, which is the service experience, where the deepest satisfaction felt by our guests comes from the energy we provide. We perform at our best in good company, and at Ale Works we share more of ourselves than just our great food and beer.

Joe Barnett, Manager

I’m passionate about great beer, great food, wine, spirits and cocktails. I’m relentlessly seeking out the latest, greatest regional craft brews for our brewer’s rotator list and recently gained my Level 1 certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.  I spend the other side of my life whitewater kayaking, skiing, playing guitar and exploring Montana with my wife, Krista and our dog, Dusty. 

Dawn Brown, Human Resource/Office Manager

I moved to Bozeman from Dubois, Pennsylvania and I’m in awe of the great home and community I found in Bozeman. Inspiring and developing staff is what I do best and as a front of the house manager I get to enjoy being a major part of this pulsing, fast-paced, energetic atmosphere. Outside of Ale Works, I’m on my bike, in my ski boots or caring for my little girl Ingrid. My wonderful husband Dave and I couldn’t be more in love with her.

Dan Good, Floor Manager

I was lucky enough to be raised in Bozeman, and have been consequently thoroughly corrupted by all Southwest Montana has to offer!  That 'corruption' permeates deep in my life, from my love of adventure and the outdoors to travel, people, music, art, and sharing food, beverages and time with family and friends. I’m blessed now to share my experiences with my wife Erin, my little girl Hadley, and of course our black lab Oakley (a prerequisite for living in Bozeman, not to mention owning a Subaru!).  I am honored to be on the Montana Ale Works team and to work for the greatest business in town, with the best customers, best environment, best food and beer, and by far… the best staff.  To have a job loving what you do, in a place you appreciate deep in your soul, working for a company that cares so much for its customers, staff, and community… one couldn't ask for much more. Except maybe a little more time – a lifetime? – to share all Montana has to offer with my little girl. We’re working on it.

Anthony Calkins, Sous Chef/Kitchen Manager

My goal is to make the restaurant a better place while keeping it fun and enjoyable for guests and employees alike.  I’m passionate about food and wake up looking forward to coming into the Ale Works every day, striving to come up with new and exciting specials while helping develop and grow the people around me, and hopefully the guests I don’t even see!   

Dan 'Big D' Parris, Kitchen Manager

My interest in cooking came from my Mom and Dad, who both cook and bake. Plus I always had a flair for art and somehow I wanted to put the two together. I attended culinary school to refine my skills and get my foot in the door, worked in restaurants around Montana and then joined the cruise industry as a sous chef, pastry chef, and executive chef. That experiencee taught me to work with anybody and gave me a perspective I use to this day. I joined Ale Works in 2010 and I think my passion for cooking is matched only by my size. I’m 6’9”, 285 lbs and I put my heart and soul into the dishes I create. People often remark on my personal style. I'd been working on cruise ships for about a year when I decided to express who I was on the inside by showing it on the outside: organized, methodical, caring and meticulous. I started wearing suits, fedoras, overcoats, even button-in suspenders. It gave me a sense of pride, just like my occupation. I also homebrew, knit (it's how I relax at the end of my day) and explore the countryside with my dog, Rudy. What gets me out of bed every day is life, adventure and love. 

Mike Welsh, Kitchen Manager

I’ve been working in restaurant kitchens since I was 12, starting in my family’s two restaurants in Wibaux, Montana. I moved to Bozeman in 2009 – chasing my girlfriend Becca, pure and simple! – but also I was tired of all the old school food I was cooking in the Eastern part of the state and wanted more. I love the culinary quality and diversity that Bozeman offers, and working with our local vendors and product is one of my favorite aspects of my job.  Take our local Wagyu blend burger. At our volume, I think it's amazing that we can source all of our burger locally. The dedication and forward thinking it takes to pull that off is a representation of what this organization is about. Or take our kitchen. Working here is a full-court press, mentally and physically, day in and day out. It's challenging and only a certain type of person is cut out for it. It takes a phenomenal work ethic and dedication.  It starts at the top with upper management and goes all the way to dishers and food runners (who are freaking amazing, btw!). Hiring on at Montana Ale Works has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my food service career. It's that dedication and work ethic at the core of our kitchen that allows us to do great things.

 

Mark Taché & Christin Cooper-Taché, Founding Partners

Mark and Christin co-founded Montana Ale Works with Pete Hendrickson, seven years after “Pedro” walked in the door of their wildly popular rookie restaurant venture, MacKenzie River Pizza Co., then a wood-fired, handcrafted pizza emporium exploding Bozeman’s restaurant scene with its artisan pies, rustic hand-hewn ambiance and passionate service. “Despite Pedro’s pledge to quit restaurants and 'go native' in Montana, he saw the potential of what we were trying to do. Against his better judgment I'm sure," Christin laughs, "he offered to help. I don’t know if he loves or hates us for it, but we dubbed him “Saint Peter” that day.”

Their personal friendship and professional partnership led to the founding in 2000 of Montana Ale Works, spearheading the revitalization of Bozeman's historic East End and raising the bar yet again for casual upscale dining in the Gallatin Valley. Mark and Christin work behind the scenes with their partners, now a team of 5, to influence and steer conceptual decisions from interior design to employee culture to management and ongoing menu development. 

Christin, an Olympic silver medalist in giant slalom in 1984 (Sarajevo) and triple World Championship medalist, has been a freelance writer and analyst for CBS and NBC Sports coverage of Olympic, World Championship and World Cup skiing for over 20 years. Mark competed for eight years on the World Cup and in two World Championships with the US Ski Team before spending seven years racing on the US Pro Tour. He moved into sports management and restaurant ownership upon retiring. The couple splits their time between Bozeman and Mark’s hometown of Aspen, Colorado, where the two are ambassadors for the Aspen Skiing Company, avid all-season mountaineers, and coaches at Taché Racing, the high-performance clinics they founded in the late ‘80’s, now run by Mark’s brother Michael.

“It’s wild to see where we ended up,” says Mark. “Restaurants weren’t part of any grand scheme, but coming off the US Ski Team, we wanted to see if we'd learned anything with practical application in the real world. We knew a lot about team-building, work ethic, the importance of roles, goals and high standards, and we appreciated the teamwork aspect of great food and service."

"Ale Works is a jewel and a work in progress,” adds Christin. “We’re not afraid to admit mistakes and are always striving to stay ahead of the curve, an ethic we got from skiing. And we listen to people who know more than us, which is pretty much everyone we surround ourselves with,” she laughs.

“Developing, inspiring and guiding people in their work is what we’re all about,” says Mark. "It’s an incredibly rewarding adventure.”

Peter "Pedro" Hendrickson, Founding Partner

 “I’ve spent my entire working life prepping, cooking, serving, managing, and creating restaurants, always with an inspired, infectious enthusiasm and passion for outstanding service, atmosphere, food, and drink,” says Hendrickson.

At age 30, "Pedro" escaped the grind of restaurant work in his home town of Indianapolis for the lure of the then-granola/ski bum/cow town of Bozeman, Montana, and after a brief stint on a cattle ranch, dove into another 13 years of opening and expanding other people’s restaurants before deciding it was time to do his own thing with friends and partners, Mark and Christin Taché.

It was Pedro who discovered the 8000 sq. ft. abandoned railroad freighthouse on the sleepy east end of Main Street in the late '90's and in 2000, Montana Ale Works was born. "Bringing in Albert in '06 and Roth in '08 gave us additional layers of culinary and operational brilliance," he says. "The results have been as amazing as they have been rewarding.”

Now, whether it’s eating and drinking his way across the country with his sweetheart looking to improve the Ale Works experience (or create a new one), helping friends on Montana and Arizona cattle ranches, recycling vintage cars or setting records on the Bonneville Salt Flats in his hand-built 1928 Dodge roadster, “I carry that same passion, inspiration, and enthusiasm into everything I do… and hope to do it for a very long time!"

Albert McDonald, Partner

Born into a restaurant family in Northern New York, Albert never imagined he’d be a career restaurateur. Unsure what his destiny held, he pursued a degree at Denver University School of Business and nurtured his growing passion for skiing. “Two ten-hour days of classes, a night job at the library, and five days a week skiing,” he laughs. Post-grad “ski studies” in Bozeman, Montana led to a dishwashing job at MacKenzie River Pizza Co., a concept “that was clearly onto something special. I leapt at the chance to be part of it.”

Albert’s managerial chops quickly carried him from the dish pit to service to promotion as the company’s first regional manager. The relentless traveling, opening and overseeing multiple stores, led to classic restaurant burnout, curable only by a season of hedonistic ski-bumming and a stint at the award-winning Cowgirl Creamery in Northern California, where he studied the art and craft of small business ownership while learning to make artisan cheeses.

When the lure of the mountains drew Albert back to Montana, he was further schooled in hospitality, service and work ethic as manager of the renowned Enzo Bistro in Billings. “Enzo was my restaurant graduate school,” Albert says. But something essential was missing, and in 2004, seeking the “positive energy and emphasis on personal growth I’d experienced at MacKenzie,” Albert applied for a management position at Montana Ale Works, the institution founded by the three key architects of Mackenzie culture.

As Ale Works’ peerless GM, and operational partner since 2006, Albert daily dedicates himself to developing and mentoring managers in the Ale Works philosophy of life and work, overseeing day-to-day operations and raising two beautiful children, Ben and Chloe, with his wife Ellen. “My life is fantastic and my goal is to help my managers achieve the level of personal success and fulfillment I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy.”

That fulfillment includes skiing, by the way. Whether lift-served or backcountry, Albert’s passion and fiendish intensity for the mountains and the sport fills him with a brightness of spirit he shares nightly with coworkers and customers. Lucky us. (Pray for snow!)

Roth Jordan, Operational Partner & Executive Chef

Roth grew up in his Grandma's rural Alabama kitchen where, he recalls, “chicken stock was always on the stove and everybody cleaned their plates.” But it was by heading West to escape the South’s heat and humidity that Roth learned to cook professionally, at Buck’s T-4 in Big Sky, Montana, where he met his future wife Kathryn, a talented pastry chef, who encouraged him to take his culinary aspirations seriously.

The two left Montana (reluctantly, vowing to return) in search of total immersion. Roth learned multiple course, old-school French cuisine in Vermont (picking garden produce, herbs and edible flowers for nightly service), attended New England Culinary Institute and took an internship in the US Virgin Islands under chef Ted Robinson, who almost immediately made Roth his sous chef. “He wasn't the easiest guy to work for, but he taught me what it is to be passionate about food. He breathed, dreamed, obsessed about food twenty-four hours a day,” recalls Roth, who would move on to a three-year stint as Executive Chef at St John's renowned Stone Terrace. "By the time I left the islands, I’d spent eight straight years paying my dues,” says Roth, who was primed to return to Big Sky Country.

Within a year, Roth was Executive Chef of Montana Ale Works, working to upgrade the menu of the highest volume dinner-only establishment in Montana. “What a daunting task lay ahead,” Roth recalls. "We had to start over, change the mechanics, change the culture, and create the passion. It took years to get where I was proud of the food we were making.”

Roth considers the culinary reinvention of Ale Works his proudest achievement– aside from the birth of daughter Karly in ’06– and it led to his being made partner in 2008. “We created an environment for professionals,” he says, “and we do what no one else is able to in Bozeman, Montana. When it comes to passion, pride, talent and desire, I'd put my guys up against any kitchen, anywhere."

Dedicated to sustainably grown, locally-sourced products (always a challenge in chilly Montana) Roth brines and smokes his own meat, sous-vides locally-raised roasts and legs of lamb and insists on making everything from scratch. “We might do pulled pork tamales, duck confit cassoulet, paella, shrimp & grits and a shepherd's pie all as specials, all in the same night,” says Roth of the range of flavors and price points for which his kitchen is renowned. This while serving a 50-item menu, and likely a private six-course wine pairing in the Grill Room with a 40-top party Poolside. “We’ll feed twelve hundred customers a night, ridiculous by anybody's standards, with nothing refired and everybody leaving happy! It’s just a direct result of all of us taking pride in what we do and always striving to do it better.”

Roth's Grandma would be proud. War eagle.