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.

 
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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.

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Dustin Chalfant - Shift Manager / Bartender

Dustin is a man of all things beer. He loves the flavors, the innovation, the palette swings, and the way microbreweries take pride in outdoing themselves on a regular basis. Mostly, he loves the way craft beer has created a community amongst like-minded people and the connections he’s made over the years in the industry. When he’s not working alongside us or building his own brewery, he spends time with his lovely wife, beautiful daughters, his dog, and chickens.

Kyle Chesnut - Bartender

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 works our tasting room on the weekends, so make sure you come by and say hi! When he finds some down time, he spends it with his wife, Courtney, and his two children.

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Matt Deatherage - Assistant Brewer / Marketing Specialist

Matt has been with the team since day one, starting as a bartender and working into the role of assistant 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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Stephani Disney - Bartender

Diz is one of our weekend warriors who is an absolute pleasure to be around. She works in optometry during the day, but utilizes her love for all things beer in her weekend role here at Center Ice. She enjoys sampling new beer and hanging out with fellow hockey fans. Her motto is “it’s not work if you love what you do.”

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Alicia Lewis - Assistant GM

Alicia is the life of the party and our Assistant GM. Most of the time, you can find her right here in our tasting room, but what you may not know is that she’s in school for interior design. In fact, she is the one responsible for designing the artwork and merchandise displays you see in our tasting room.

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Bill McFarland - Head Brewer

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.

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Sara McMullin - Bartender

Sara is another one of our weekend warriors. She works in research throughout the day, studying the tendencies of cognitive neuroscience. When she’s not tucked away in the lab, she’s spending time at local breweries and coffee shops. A lover of all things St. Louis, Cardinals, and Blues, she is an awesome addition to our team.

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Katie Means - General Manager

Katie is a native St. Louisian, Webster University Alumni and like many others from our great city, an avid beer lover. Katie spent many years working in hospitality management and sales in Chicago, before moving back to her home town, in time to help launch Center Ice Brewery. Her professional goal is to be a vital part of the success of Center Ice, and hopefully one day open her own brewery.

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Danielle Nygaard - Bartender

After 8 years at the front of a classroom, Danielle decided it was time for something new. For the last year, she’s been a professional volunteer. She uses Center Ice as the perfect side hustle. Her love for beer and hockey has made her an awesome fit for the team. She loves all things St. Louis, travelling, and holiday 5 Ks. Make sure to stop by and say hi!

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Courtney Reale - Shift Manager

Courtney is one of the newer additions to the team and a die-hard Blues fan. 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!

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Brett Zavadil - Bartender

Hospital by day, bar by night. Brett’s personality makes him an excellent addition to the team. Lover of all things St. Louis, you can often find Brett at some of the popular spots around town. His love to party makes him the perfect bartender for your private events.