05 Mar Metazoa Brewing Co. Announces John J. Hall as New Brewmaster
INDIANAPOLIS (February 28, 2017) – Metazoa Brewing Co. is thrilled to announce that John J. Hall, former head brewer at Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company, will join its team as brewmaster at the downtown brewery that donates 5% of its profits to animal and wildlife organizations.
John J. Hall worked at Goose Island Beer Company, known for its flagship 312 Wheat, from 1997-2012. He brings a wealth of knowledge and brewing skill to the local pet-friendly brewery in downtown Indianapolis.
“We are excited to have John come to our city and state. He will have a big impact on our brewery and its customers, and I know he is looking forward to getting involved with the Indiana brewing community,” says Metazoa President Dave Worthington.
After starting as cellarman at Goose Island, John J. Hall worked up to head brewer by 2002, a position he maintained for the next decade. During his time at Goose, he and his teammates earned dozens of medals at prestigious beer competitions, including 12 gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival and 4 gold medals at the World Beer Cup. Hall is a Siebel Institute graduate and member of numerous brewing organizations, including the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, where he served on the original committee that put Chicago Craft Beer Week on the map. Hall left Goose Island in 2012 to pursue a new venture as brewmaster for the first Latin American-inspired brewery, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria.
Now, John looks forward to moving to a new city to pursue the brewmaster position with Metazoa Brewing Co.
“After I responded to Dave’s ad for a new brewmaster, he drove up to Chicago to meet with me,” says Hall. “We had a long and engaging conversation, discussing the brewery, our personal histories, and hopes and plans for the future. I think it’s fair to say we both got a really good feeling about each other.”
The decision to move cities is of course not taken lightly, but Hall feels confident he will find a welcoming brewing community in Indianapolis.
“What I love about the brewing community is that everyone wants everyone to do well and people in the industry are just happy and good-natured folks. Coming to a new city for the first major move of my lifetime, it’s nice to know I’ll soon have some new friends to share a beer with,” Hall says.
Hall and his wife also look forward to joining a brewery that is not only the most pet-friendly in the city, but directly donates to animal and wildlife organizations.
“As life long pet owners who got all our pets from shelters, [my wife] Margie and I are really happy to find an immediate connection beyond the beer,” he says.
For more information about Metazoa Brewing Co., visit www.metazoa.beer.