Our Team

We pride ourselves on culture at Center Ice Brewery and are incredibly excited to share the members of our team with you. Below, you can see the people that made the brewery what it is today.


Steve Albers - Owner

Steve is our fearless leader here at Center Ice Brewery. He is the man whose idea for a hockey-centric brewery came to life after years of hard work and homebrewing. A strong passion for craft beer, hockey, and entrepreneurship motivated Steve to take this leap as he left the world of banking to pursue his dream. Steve and his wife Olivia have two boys named Nash and Franklin.


Kindle Barber - Sales Representative

Kindle is the most recent employee to come on full-time and is helping us tackle outside sales! When it comes to style, while she’s a recent convert to IPAs, but her first love will always be for the Saison. As an STL transplant, you’ll most likely find her checking out the local beer scene, napping, or eating way too much BBQ. You can find her at all of your favorite spots around town slinging beers by the keg. If you happen to run into her, be sure to say hello!

Kyle Chesnut - Draft Technician

Kyle is one of our original members , a military veteran, and entrepreneur! He spends his days working on building his brand, Kilo Charlie Clothing Company, an apparel line built around military veterans and creating awareness around veteran suicide prevention. He recently came on full-time to help Kindle distribute kegs around town! He spends his days exploring the city in our ZMBONI marked van, slinging kegs, so if you happen to see him out-and-about, be sure to throw him a wave!


Matt Deatherage - Head Brewer

Matt has been with the team since day one, starting as a bartender, working into the role of assistant brewer, and is now side-by-side with Bill as our head brewer. If he’s not watching the boil, building this website, or modelling for Carhartt, you can find Matt hanging out around St. Louis or pretending to study while the hockey game is on TV.

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Brody Gromley - Shift Manager

Brody is one of the newest faces in the tasting room, taking up a bartending role and learning as much as he can about the industry as he finishes his Degree in Business. His love for beer started as sampling a number of different styles from breweries around the country, and has turned into a passion as he’s beginning to experiment with styles of his own on a homebrew scale. Be sure to come in and talk beer with Brody (or ask him about his catahoula/lab mix dog)!


Courtney Reale - General Manager

Courtney is a beer lover and a die-hard Blues fan so it’s only fitting that she fits right in here. She was born and raised right here in South City and grew up watching the Blues play. When she’s not working or watching hockey, she is working towards her degree in International Business. Keep an eye out in the tasting room for her!


Nick Toothman - Assistant General Manager

After a few years of traveling for work and tasting beer around the country, Nick decided to take the plunge and work in the brewery world. Fresh out of Central Illinois, Nick is exploring the city and slinging beers behind the bar! When he’s not at work, you can catch him brewery hopping around town, exploring with his dog, and cheering on the Cubs (boooooo).


Bill McFarland - Director of Operations

Bill is the beer geek of the group, specializing in all things sugar and lupulin. After a brief stint in Atlanta, Bill decided to join our team in efforts to make it back to St. Louis. Since then, he’s purchased his first pair of overalls (out of sheer jealousy of Matt) and expanded our beer portfolio to over 50 recipes.


Danielle Nygaard - Bartender

After 8 years at the front of a classroom, Danielle decided it was time for something new. Danielle spends her days making the city she loves better by helping those in need find jobs. When she’s not slinging beer and helping those in need, she spends her days traveling, exploring St. Louis, and hosting trivia nights!