Ipswich, Massachusetts — The Ipswich Ale Brewery is excited to announce the hire of two employees in the wake of their recent brewery expansion. Husband and wife duo Carla and Tom Villa have much to offer to the Ipswich Ale Brewery with more than 25 years of management and brewing experience between them. They will be joining our staff respectively as Director of Sales and Marketing & Brewer.
With 6 years under her belt at the Brooklyn Brewery, Carla worked as the Beer Educator & Key Account Manager, undertaking the management of key accounts and regional territories. As a Certified Cicerone, she helped the brewery become one of the top Craft Brewers in the country by focusing on sales, retailer and distributor education. Her time spent building relationships with charitable organizations and local businesses is what Carla valued most about her stretch in Brooklyn; this is something she hopes to continue with for the Ipswich Ale Brewery in Massachusetts. Prior to employment in Brooklyn, Carla worked within the beer industry as a brewpub manager, bartender and even spent a handful of years at Ipswich Ale as a Sales and Event Manager before moving on to her role at the Brooklyn Brewery.
“Carla is the person we want to take us to the next level of growth and distribution,” said President Rob Martin. “She’s smart, very knowledgeable and passionate about beer. We are delighted to welcome her back to the brewery as a key staff member.” As the Director of Sales and Marketing, Carla will manage the Ipswich Ale Brewery’s expansion plans and growing sales team. She will play a key role in training staff members as the brewery aims to open its restaurant doors and begin tours.
In Tom Villa’s 16-year stint working with Brooklyn Brewery’s world-renowned Brewmaster Garrett Oliver, he also worked alongside NYC chefs, coffee roasters, spice whisperers and wine makers. Tom’s experiences took him to various countries for collaboration projects including the Riedenburg Brewery in Germany, Brasserie d’Achouffe in Belgium, and JW Lees in England. He gained extensive knowledge of cask ales from his time studying at the Kelham Island Brewery in England and worked on a Carnegie Porter barrel-aging project in Sweden.
“We’re excited to have a fresh face with a wide range of skills and expertise joining the brewing staff,” said Rob Martin. “Moving forward, as the brewery continues to grow and expand our portfolio of beers, Tom’s extensive experience and knowledge will prove to be a valuable resource for our production staff and brewing team. We’re thrilled to have such a talented brewer in house.”
Residents of Boston’s North Shore were first introduced to Ipswich Ale during the spring of 1991. With nearly 23 years of history behind it, Ipswich Ale has been in existence longer than nearly every other craft brewer in New England. Since that time, the Ipswich Ale portfolio of brands have developed into a tradition shared by not only the residents of eastern MA, but across New England.