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Broken Goblet Brewing didn’t start as a paradigm-shifting microbrewery. It didn’t even start as Broken Goblet. It started as Brewtal Beer….. The Brewtal Beer Club, in fact. Co-owners Mike Lock and Jay Grosse, while lamenting their jobs and drinking some quality beer, concocted a plan to do something that they enjoyed and maybe even make a living of it. They formulated the brand, invented a very handsome mascot, and approached it from a very different angle – form a club that could grow into a fertile testing ground for ideas, marketing plans and beer testers. With the help of 12 other “founders”, the club was formed and grew from 13-30 in just 6 months, with special events pushing 100+ guests. Out of the group, two brewers stepped forward, similar in vision and equally ready to try something new. And so, Mike and Jay, together with the new brew guys Bub Grosse and Bitter Joe Fazekas, began the very expensive process to bring Brewtal beer from a club to a full-fledged brewery.

Ahhhh, the best laid plans…… Enter the lawyers – you can’t use Brewtal, or a west-coast brewery will sue you. Not fairly, of course – Brewtal owns the trademark – but when a lawyer OWNS the other brewery….well you get the point. But thanks for that $20,000. And the landlord – well, he didn’t know if he would like the smell of bread, so you better start looking for a new space. And that $2000 in merch and signage you invested in? Oops. Cue the anger. Cue the yelling and cursing. Cue the smashing of a goblet on the ground in frustration – and Broken Goblet was conceived.

We won’t be re-inventing beer, no. That’s arrogance, and the amount of fantastic craft beer and brewers coming from the local area is astounding. Instead, we look to reinvent HOW you come to find out about that beer, and how you experience it for the first time. Broken Goblet Brewing – breaking your perspective on what a microbrewery can be.

Our Team

Mike LaCouture

Mike LaCouture

When Mike is not smoking crack and then immediately doing a TV interview, Mike is trying to handle the marketing.

Mike LaCouture

Jay Grosse

Jay Grosse

Jay, once known for his amazing hair, has been having trouble balancing the two locations. He runs the front of house and strips naked when he uses the bathroom.

Jay Grosse

Bub Grosse

Bub Grosse

Bubba loves Christmas and huffing glue. When lucid, he runs the brewery.

Bub Grosse

Kate Sweeney

Kate Sweeney

Kate manages front of house logistics and runs our HR department, which is baffling and hilarious at the same time, if you know her.

Kate Sweeney

Mike "Tank" Reese

Mike "Tank" Reese

Don't judge a book by it's cover, Tank simply refuses to be turned away from a bar even when it is ladies night.

Mike "Tank" Reese

Dan "Iceboy #1" Mac

Dan "Iceboy #1" Mac

Dan, part of the infamous "Iceboys" bartending duo, is a pun champion and, no, those glasses are not part of his costume.

Dan "Iceboy #1" Mac

Matt "Iceboy #2" Fischer

Matt "Iceboy #2" Fischer

Matt, the yang to Dan Mac's yin of the Iceboys Bartending Duo, loves playing guitar when he is not looking hunky and slinging drinks. Relax ladies, he's spoken for.... by Dan.

Matt "Iceboy #2" Fischer

Erin Leinhauser

Erin Leinhauser

Erin was recently kicked out of Peru for hiking Machu Picchu and then demanding a flight of their best brews. She's now trying to get Marriott to open a hotel with a BGob up there.

Erin Leinhauser

Dan "Dandroid" Long

Dan "Dandroid" Long

Dan has taken over head brewing here at BGob, and we are actively trying to reprogram his CPU to stop looking so sultry in all his photos.

Dan "Dandroid" Long

Kristina Haines

Kristina Haines

Kris is our Jill-of-all-trades and should get hazard pay for dealing with both Reese AND Dan Mac at the same time.

Kristina Haines

Reese Dunlap

Reese Dunlap

When he's not holding down the bar, Reese is fronting a heavy metal band, or hosting a podcast, or playing video games. Basically, Reese is the adult you want to be but are afraid to tell anyone.

Reese Dunlap

Paul Lahm

Paul Lahm

We swear, 10+ pictures of brewer Paul, 100% eyes closed. We think it's his thing. Here he is pictured, happy to be there, no idea where he is.

Paul Lahm

Meg Collier

Meg Collier

We are not sure how it happened, but it appears that a higher power delivered Meg to us to bring positivity and light to the crew, and to try and keep Mike from driving off the Bristol Bridge. You can

Meg Collier

Mark Salmon

Mark Salmon

Mark is a special kind of guy.... when not playing guitar in a heavy metal band, he is designing all the artwork for the brewery.

Mark Salmon

Laura Orfanelli

Laura Orfanelli

When she is not eating Gummi Bears by the shovel-full, our in-house painter Laura is wowing everyone with everything from calendar art to full size wall art.

Laura Orfanelli

Gina DiCroce

Gina DiCroce

Gina brings her extensive bartending experience and her great smile to the BGob Family from New Jersey, and we secretly think she is just here to keep Reese in line.

Gina DiCroce