With over 18 years of experience as an award-winning home brewer, 2 years as the vice-president of Ozark Zymurgists (NWA’s home-brewing club), multiple years at the President of Fayetteville Lovers of Pure Suds (FLOPS), and 26 years leading Tatum Smith Welcher Engineers, Inc., Mark combines his leadership, passion and small business ownership experience to Natural State Beer.
Dan has over 30 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, and 3 years leading charitable fundraisers including co-founding Ale-truism.com (a 501c3 focused on the beer community giving back to NWA). Dan and his wife, Renée, are residents of Rogers.
Kat is the Vice-President of Social Media and Marketing. Married to our co-founder, Mark and Mother to 4 children she is the driving force behind all social media platforms. Her creativity and instinctive know-how has helped us launch the business, drive traffic, and lead successful events in our taproom!
Ryan Smith apprenticed under our original head brewer and co-owner, Will Sonneman for the first 2 years. In 2021, Ryan was responsible for brewing our GABF Gold Medal winning Maibock Lager which will be released each Spring. In 2022, Ryan took on the role of Head brewer when Will Sonneman and his family returned East.
Ryan brings a passion for great beer, meticulous adherence to formulas and beer production and has been responsible for our great beer quality.
Matt Smith joined the team full-time in 2022 after graduating from University of Arkansas this past Spring. Matt's responsibility includes all things "sales", taproom and distribution.
Julie Nelson joined the team full-time in Spring of 2022 as taproom staff; however, has jumped in quickly to lead our efforts coordinating our taproom events.
Julie is currently a student at the University of Arkansas expecting to complete her Bachelors degree in December in Earth Science.
Julie is our contact for live music, karaoke, Singo, holiday parties, company parties and patio reservations, etc.