From the Brewery-
"The Bent Paddle Brewing Co. brewery team is made up of four individuals- two married couples- with an abundance of professional craft beer industry experience.
Brewer Bryon Tonnis, CEO and Director of Brewery Operations, holds a brewing degree from the Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy and has 12 years of professional brewing experience most recently as head brewer at Rock Bottom Brewery in Minneapolis.
Brewer Colin Mullen, President and Director of Brewery Communications, has 8 years of professional brewing experience most recently as Head of Brewing Operations at Barley John’s Brewpub near Minneapolis.
Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is 50% female-owned by partners Karen Tonnis, VP of Operations, who has 12 years of distribution and operations management experience, and Laura ‘Salyards-Fryberger’ Mullen, VP of Outreach & Events, who has run an accomplished event design company since 2004. One of Laura’s primary event clients was the Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild for which she produced successful craft beer festivals as well as acted as Guild Coordinator.
In December 2010 the four brewery founders were at a charity event at a craft beer bar in Minneapolis- based on a feeling, Laura said to Karen that "the guys should get together" and discuss their brewing futures. From there Bryon and Colin met over a few pints and discovered their shared dream of starting their own breweries. After many more discussions about vision, logistics, and brewing philosophy the partnership was born. From 2011 to early 2013 the team of four worked on the business plan, fundraising, site selection, and the build-out phase of Bent Paddle Brewing which launched publicly in May 2013."
We paid them a visit in 2013, take a look...