Our Team

Mark Smith - President

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 With over 17 years of experience as an award-winning home brewer, 2 years as the vice-president of Ozark Zymergists (NWA’s home-brewing club), and 23 years leading Tatum-Smith Engineers, Inc., Mark combines his leadership, passion and small business ownership experience to Natural State Beer. 

Dan Clous - Vice President

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 With over 26 years of professional domestic and international experience (15 years in NWA), a Master’s degree in Marketing, 1 year as president of Ozark Zymergists brew club, 2 years leading charitable fundraisers, and over 4 years brewing as a hobby, Dan brings his passion for heritage brewing incorporating German recipes and styles with his analytic and marketing experience. 

Will Sonneman - Head Brewer

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 After attending culinary school, Will worked within the hospitality and restaurant business for several years. A casual interest-turned-obsession in home-brewing would eventually lead him to the American Brewer's Guild for continued education. Upon graduation Will began his professional brewing career with Fair Winds Brewing Company in Northern Virginia. In summer 2018, Will and his wife decided to relocate to Northwest Arkansas where he's found a home with Natural State Beer Company. Will brings his passion for good beer and a love of lagers to the team. 

Darah Martin - Taproom Mgr

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 Originally from Oklahoma but having found her home in Bentonville, Arkansas, Darah is the perfect addition to the NSBC team. Her passion for craft beer was founded three years ago when managing the taproom for another fine local brewery. With over 13 years of experience behind the bar and blending her thirst for great beer with a desire building great personal relationships, she epitomizes the experience we want for our patrons. She is fascinated by the science of brewing, and absolutely in love with the finished product; making her knowledgeable and capable of making great recommendations to our guests and educating people on our favorite beers! 


Kat Smith - Vice President

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 Kat worked for 10+ years as a preschool teacher and as life skills instructor for people with special needs, before becoming a stay-at-home. Kat is looking forward to her next chapter in life as a Vice President and Social Media Coordinator\Community Outreach Liaison for  Natural State Beer Company. Her experience in the beer world comes from personal experiences in her own life as Kat is the wife of our President, Mark Smith.  Kat has brewed along side her husband for many years and she has volunteered at many homebrewing events serving beers and speaking to others about beer.