Saturday & Sunday: noon-8pm
31115 Crossroads Lane West
Eugene, OR 97408
Back in his early twenties, while studying mathematics and philosophy at Oregon State University, Nate developed a serious passion for homebrewing in his garage. With a fervor to understand all aspects of the world of brewing, he attended the fermentation science classes offered at OSU and joined the team at Corvallis Brewing Supply to manage the homebrew shop. Before too long, 10 taps poured "Nate Brew" out of 3 kegorators in his garage. At this point it seemed natural to transition to a more professional operation. Over the years, Nate and many others have helped shape Agrarian into what it is today. Nate built the brewing system still in use here at Agrarian, while spearheading many other creations of necessity you see around the grounds, from the hop baler to the merchandise cabinet in the brewery.
After wearing many hats at Agrarian, from construction to experimentation to operation, Nate has transitioned from brewery development to farm and project management and back. This gives him a unique perspective from which he can view the brewing process as a complete whole from rhizome to bottle. Now firmly in place where the passion behind the inspiration all began, Nate is leading the brewhouse upward and onward. As such, he continues with intention to explore the cusp of interesting and historic brewing styles and techniques while seeking to incorporate ingredients grown on the farm and wild-harvested.
In his spare time, Nate enjoys spending time with his wife Ariana and their two children - camping, at the beach, spending time in the garden, or anywhere else in the beautiful state of Oregon. Nate also loves woodworking and renovating his family’s home. He is currently deep in the creative design and construction of a tiny home with curved edge and round windows!
We are so proud and happy that we get to have such a high energy, and truly knowledgeable individual on our team moving forward as we start expanding our offsite sales in addition to laying the groundwork for our on and off site large events.
Mike grew up right across the river in Junction City on Sherman Nursery, which was built from the ground up by his grandparents. In order to satiate his love of the city life as well, after graduating high school he moved up to Seattle where he started his college career in theatre while really embracing his love for diversity and food culture. After over three years in the big city, he moved back to Bend to be closer to his family and spend time with his youngest cousins. He started back in the college world, and got the chance to study abroad in Italy, where he used his interpersonal and networking skills to land himself a job in tourism, event, and club promotions. He then returned after a couple of trips over the pond to finish up his college education where he graduated from the University of Oregon as a double major in psychology and anthropology.
Mike has always had a heart for helping. Even as early as his middle school days he would volunteer in youth mentoring and after school programs. He still has a passion for helping others and looks forward to representing Agrarian to our community at large. But come on now, enough of that mushy stuff. He has also been working in the food service industry where he continuously sought and discovered a wide spectrum of knowledge when it comes to the land of Beer and Wine. It is through these experiences that he shapes his life. With his passion for travel, he finds the best of every place he visits by indulging in local gastronomy and fermentation. He as is also an avid SCUBA diver, so you will most likely find him on a beach enjoying all that life has to offer.
Mike’s interest in being part of our ‘Farmily’ is his desire to perpetuate our vision and become even more intimately involved in the beer making process. He loves talking about how unique we are here at Agrarian with the fact that almost everything we put into our food and beer is grown on estate, and those rare ingredients we can’t grow ourselves are consciously and responsibly sourced.
His favorite color is blue, which makes sense since he loves Smurfs and water.
Stephen started working for our Parent farm, Crossroad’s Farm, in June of 2016. He came from a picturesque Market and CSA farm in Elk Valley, Tennessee. There he was the Farm Manager, in charge of growing over 70 different varieties of organic vegetables including beets, cauliflower, leeks, butter beans, potatoes, and cow peas.
He also worked at a commercial mushroom farm, in Gallatin, Tennessee where they grew Shitakes, Lion’s Mane, several varieties of Oyster mushrooms and wild harvested many other species. He has always been very interested in learning about mycology and its integration into agricultural practices.
Some of his interests include writing, reading, traveling, enjoying great food, and agriculture. Through his agricultural experience, Stephen developed a keen interest in cooking and fermentation, specifically related to seasonably available fresh produce. In the past he developed his own line of chile sauces and powders, as well as other food products processed from his vegetables.
On Crossroad’s Farm in 2016, he started by picking and processing chile peppers, including preparing peppers and helping turn them into incredible hot sauces and chile powders. Starting in the beginning of 2017, Stephen has melded into working at both Crossroad’s Farm and has become the Farm Manager here at Agrarian. He is in charge of everything to do with the farm including cultivation, cover crops, our 15 varieties of organic hops, all the produce we use for our kitchen and brewery, the herb gardens, the landscape, and even a few maintenance projects along the way.
As the farm work starts to come to a slow point in the year, you may start seeing him blending into our tasting room staff on the weekends. As everyone is here at Agrarian, he is a multifaceted individual with an addition of motivation and organizational skills that he is happy to share with everyone here to help contribute to what makes Agrarian a great place to be.