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Meet the Staff

Jason Goldstein

Operations Manager, Founder

While making sure the trains run on schedule, Jason is the clean up hitter for Icarus. He’ll fill your glass in the Tasting Room, work with the Sales and Marketing teams, clean up the Brew House and when the Brewers let him, he’ll even moonlight as a Brewer. 

Jason has been brewing professionally since he was 19 years old. While he was in college, he took an internship with a local brewery. He graduated with a Food Science Degree specializing in Food Fermentation from Ohio State and has certifications in English Ale and Cask Ale from Brewlab at the University of Sunderland.

Jason has a hard time picking his favorite Icarus beer but usually he’ll tell gladly take a Pound of Nectaron Feathers. In 2006, Jason had the distinct honor of being named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year!

Dave Menges

Head Brewer

You probably know Dave from his Brewers Series beers, Hoppy Little Accidents, Little Grey One, and his Homebrew Award-Winning brew – King Arthur’s Steed but around here we all know him as Big Dave! From mashing to managing our spent grain donations, Big Dave does it all for the Brew Crew!

While Dave has been with Icarus for over five years, he has been brewing with us for four and that barely scrapes the surface of Dave’s brewing experience. Years before we knew him as “Big Dave”, Dave was honing his skills and mastering his process as a homebrewer! 

Although he loves a good mixed fermentation beer, Dave’s favorite Icarus brew is Let’s Be Franc! Back in the old days, Dave may or may not have had his Honda Civic Wagonvan airborne. We suggest you ask him about it!

Nick Palazzo

Lead Brewer

Dr. Nick, Nicarus, The Seltz Czar, a vital member of our Brew Crew! From monitoring inventory to writing recipes, dialing in carb levels and spearheading our new Seltzer Program (even though he’s a lager man), Nick has his hands on almost every part of the brewing process! 

Nick started with us in the Tasting Room all the way back in 2017 and used his homebrewing experience to work his way onto the Brew Crew a little over two years ago. Since coming on he’s responsible for Brewers Series beers like Big Smile, Das Beste and Raspberry Rickie and Hey! Take it Easy. He also has a large influence on our lagers including our latest Japanese Style Rice Lager, Liquid Swords!   

Regardless of the soft spot he has for a cold crispy boi, his favorite Icarus beer is a toss-up between Let’s Be Franc and a classic Icarus IPA, Not A Schooner.

Shane Gertner

Director of Sales & Marketing

Creative genius, music rolodex and antique expert, Shane is responsible for much of the distribution of Icarus beer.

Starting with us way back in November of 2017, Shane has been with us since the Tasting Room was the only place you could get Icarus brews. Over the years he’s worked in different roles but he now manages our external marketing strategy. 

As an almost OG Icarus team member, Shane’s favorite beer is a deep cut – Yukon Cornelius Coffee Porter. There’s a longer story there, but we’ll let him tell you that one. When Shane’s not at work (which is almost never) he’s probably visiting a flea market, estate sale or thrift store in the hopes of turning trash into treasure!

Kevin Curtis

Packaging Manager

Good ol’ Safety Kevin. Along with making sure Icarus beers get into their cans, he manages our entire Barrel Aging Program. From monitoring fermentation to coming up with new adjuncts and blend combinations, Kevin is always making sure your bottles and cans are full! 

Since the early days of Icarus, Kevin has been working with Barrel Aged beers and making his own creations both at home and in the brewery. He started with us back in 2016 in the Tasting Room and then started in his full-time role as Packaging Manager in 2020. 

As our Barrel Aging Master, it comes as no surprise that Kevin’s favorite Icarus beer to kick back with is Shadows Forming: Vanilla. Even in his spare time, he loves to collect bottles for his cellar. When he last counted back in July of 2022, he had over 1,400!    

Matt Barnish

Tasting Room Manager

Keeping the Tasting Room trains running, your beer glasses full and making sure that every day is the Icarus Tasting Room is as great as the last, Matt runs virtually all day-to-day aspects of our Tasting Room and special events.

Matt started with us over three years ago and has been managing teams and businesses for over 12 years. He also has 20 years of experience drinking beer, so he knows the product just as well as he knows people.

Matt’s favorite Icarus beer has been extinct, but he dreams of the days he’ll be able to drink a Fruited and Flying again! Matt is a movie aficionado and seemingly has a soft-spot for the extinct because he’s watched Jurassic Park over 100 times… the ending never changes.