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Meet the Staff

Jason posing at Icarus Brewery

Jason Goldstein
Founder, Operations Manager

Jason has been brewing professionally since he was 19 years old. While he was in college studying Food Science at the Ohio State University, he took an internship with a local brewery and soon realized he had discovered his true passion. After college he continued his studies in England through Brewlab at the University of Sunderland, obtaining certifications in Cask Ale and British Brewing Technology.

Jason has a hard time picking his favorite Icarus beer, but grab him a slow pour lager and you will immediately see him brighten up. 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.

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 the day-to-day operations of our Tasting Room and special events.

Matt started with us almost 5 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: Kiwi Pie 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.

Shane Gertner
Director of Sales & Marketing

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

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 oversees all of sales. 

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!

Steve Norkus
Brand Rep

One of our newest staff members, Steve is responsible for getting fresh Icarus brews to all our South and Central Jersey bars, restaurants, and liquor stores! 

Steve started with us in December of 2023, but comes with over 8 years of experience in craft beer sales. 

Steve never turns a great local beer, but he has a particular love for hazy IPAs and his favorite Icarus brew to date is Drinking Crayons! 

Brian Greco
Brand Rep

You’ve probably seen Brian around the brewery before, but he’s now in a brand new role! He started with us over two years ago as a Driver and showed incredible dedication and product knowledge, so we moved him onto our Sales Team.

Brian is responsible for getting fresh Icarus brews to all our North Jersey bars, restaurants, and liquor stores! 

Brian is an absolute workhorse but there’s nothing he loves more than kicking back with a cold I Life and suffering through yet another disappointing Jets game. 

Kevin Curtis
Packaging Manager

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 the Tasting Room in 2016 before his current 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. In his spare time he loves to collect bottles for his cellar, and last he counted, he had over 1,400!

Mike Jesse
Distribution Manager

You want Icarus beers but you can’t make it to the Tasting Room? Mike Jesse is your guy! Mike manages our deliveries and ensures those Icarus brews get to your favorite bar, restaurant or liquor stores on time and ice cold! 

Mike has been with Icarus for over 4 years, knows all the ins and outs of the Icarus distro network, and can name you essentially every Icarus account serving Icarus at any given time.

Mike’s favorite Icarus beer is a staple lager in our portfolio – Ichi for the Michi. While he loves Icarus and being the best Forklift operator this side of the globe, what Mike really loves is music. He has tons of stories about his favorite concerts and is always ready to give you an incredible music suggestion that you’ve never heard before.