Justin "Tate" has over a decade of experience in the craft brewing industry. Tate's interest in craft beer began during his academic years whilst a student at The University of Virginia. After graduating with a degree in early american history, Tate decided to move to picturesque western North Carolina.
Soon his love for craft beer would drive him to seek out volunteer opportunities at his local brewery. After a few attempts, the good folks at Catawba Valley Brewing Company let him join in the fun. During his tenure with CVBC Tate helped develop the Morganton facility, served as beer delivery guy, tasting room manager, sales manager, and assistant brewer.
After a brief stint in the Triad area of NC aka "the flats", Tate realized his heart and his family belonged back in the mountains. And as the famous ballad goes...
"Come and listen to a story 'bout a man name Tate. who moved his family half way across the state. Then one day he was craving delicious food and out from a tank bubbled somethin locally brewed. Beer that is, Plumtree tea, Blind Squirrel brew. Well next thing you know ole Tate's craving mountain air. Friends and family say 'do what you were born to do and get on up there'. Plumtree, North Carolina is where you aught'a be. So he loaded up the Hyundai and moved to Avery...county that is. Toe River Lodge... Blind Squirrel Brewery".
As Assistant Brewer and Head Cidersmith, Tate is excited to be a part of the Blind Squirrel Brewery team.