MILWAUKEE – Good City Brewing, the first microbrewery and taproom to open on Milwaukee’s densely populated East Side, has announced key additions to its startup team in anticipation of a June opening.
Chef Guy Davies is joining Good City as Brewery Chef. For the past two years Davies has served as the Executive Chef at the Bartolotta Group’s Rumpus Room, a downtown gastropub well known for its food and beer pairings.
Good City says that food will play an important role in supporting its beer. “We are setting out to create the kind of taproom experience we’ve fallen in love with across the country, where great food is always a compliment to excellent beer,” explains co-founder Dan Katt. “We wanted to bring someone on who understands our vision and could implement a concise and well-executed menu that supports our beer. Guy is the perfect fit. He has a great reputation locally, in his native Australia and elsewhere around the world.” Good City is currently developing its daily taproom food menu. Additionally, the brewery will offer more premium beer dinners in its private room that can accommodate up to 35 people.
Jeff Gray has been brought on as Taproom Manager. Gray is highly respected in the craft beer space having worked in distribution and retail – most recently as Manager of the Malt Shoppe, one of Wisconsin’s first bottle shops, in Wauwatosa. “The passion and extensive knowledge of beer that Jeff brings will help create a taproom culture and experience that is characterized by excellence, beer education, community, and seeking the good,” says Good City co-founder David Dupee.
Ray Sachs has been hired as Head Brewer to assist Good City co-founder and brew master Andy Jones, a UC Davis Master Brewers Program graduate and former plant manager of Lakefront Brewery. Sachs, who had previously split time locally as an architect at HGA and professional brewer, is well known in the Milwaukee craft beer scene. “Ray possesses an attention to detail, passion, and level of professionalism that is essential for a good brewer. He is a critical addition to our team that is focused on brewing excellence,” says Jones.
Good City remains on track for a June opening having recently received its federal licensing approval. The brewery is now hiring taproom staff and finalizing its state permit. Good City intends to open with 7-9 different beers on tap, featuring a range of styles such as Porter, Pilsner, IPA, Double IPA, Imperial Stout, and American Session Ale.
Co-founder David Dupee will be sharing startup lessons from Good City’s capital raise as part of the “How to Successfully Raise Capital for Your Brewery” presentation scheduled for this Thursday at the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia.