Our Motley Crew

Neill Acer- Owner & Brewmaster          Neill Acer, owner and brew master, brings over 20 years of professional brewing experience, creativity, enthusiasm, and love for his craft to The Defiant Brewing Company. These things have helped Neill win the praise of discerning beer drinkers, critics, and certified judges world wide. Neill is a graduate of the University of Rochester and attended the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology.

Neill Acer- Owner & Brewmaster         

Neill Acer, owner and brew master, brings over 20 years of professional brewing experience, creativity, enthusiasm, and love for his craft to The Defiant Brewing Company. These things have helped Neill win the praise of discerning beer drinkers, critics, and certified judges world wide.

Neill is a graduate of the University of Rochester and attended the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology.

Ben Blowers: Cellerman & Officer in Charge of All Blame, Purveyor of Shananagins.  Ben worked various corners & "jobs" but was never able to fully payoff his bar tabs, so he began working at Defiant 9 years ago. As the years passed Ben attended the Siebel Institute for Brewing Technology and studied bottling Ben likes to spend time bottling in the Dungeon. He celebrates brewery life; spent grain meals, hop teas & yeasty showers. Please be warned though he can easily become distracted by shiny objects.      

Ben Blowers: Cellerman & Officer in Charge of All Blame, Purveyor of Shananagins. 

Ben worked various corners & "jobs" but was never able to fully payoff his bar tabs, so he began working at Defiant 9 years ago. As the years passed Ben attended the Siebel Institute for Brewing Technology and studied bottling Ben likes to spend time bottling in the Dungeon. He celebrates brewery life; spent grain meals, hop teas & yeasty showers. Please be warned though he can easily become distracted by shiny objects.

 

 

 

John Clancey : Smokehouse Chief                           Meat is John's middle name. Well not really, but this dude kills it in our smokehouse. All the delicious food is meticulously prepped and cooked by this fine gentleman. When John isn't working the smoker, he can be found growing his beard, enjoying a beer, and drawing fantastic cartoons on random surfaces.

John Clancey : Smokehouse Chief                          

Meat is John's middle name. Well not really, but this dude kills it in our smokehouse. All the delicious food is meticulously prepped and cooked by this fine gentleman. When John isn't working the smoker, he can be found growing his beard, enjoying a beer, and drawing fantastic cartoons on random surfaces.

Tom Woods- Brewer                 After 21 years as a home brewer, with alot of tutelage from Brewmaster Neill Acer, Woody attended the Siebel Institute. He received formal training and has been working at Defiant for 5 years. Mixing the mash for the last 3 years. So far, he hasn't spilled any..... yet.    

Tom Woods- Brewer                

After 21 years as a home brewer, with alot of tutelage from Brewmaster Neill Acer, Woody attended the Siebel Institute. He received formal training and has been working at Defiant for 5 years. Mixing the mash for the last 3 years. So far, he hasn't spilled any..... yet.

 

 

Kyle Nicholson- Sales, Events, & Marketing : After years of toiling for stupid design companies, injuring himself whilst falling off of high objects, and marketing for "the man"- Kyle decided to take all of those talents and use them in the brewing industry. Kyle has worked at Defiant 4 years in many facets of brewery operations. His specialties are marketing, sales and events with a little bottling thrown in for variety. When he is not shaking babies and kissing hands, you can find him enjoying a beer at the bar - probably with a limp from a recent "incident." Instagram: @iblamekyle untappd: @DefiantKyle

Kyle Nicholson- Sales, Events, & Marketing :

After years of toiling for stupid design companies, injuring himself whilst falling off of high objects, and marketing for "the man"- Kyle decided to take all of those talents and use them in the brewing industry. Kyle has worked at Defiant 4 years in many facets of brewery operations. His specialties are marketing, sales and events with a little bottling thrown in for variety. When he is not shaking babies and kissing hands, you can find him enjoying a beer at the bar - probably with a limp from a recent "incident."

Instagram: @iblamekyle

untappd: @DefiantKyle

Brian Cusack- Sales & Distributuon    Brian has been a friend of the brewery for about 8 years. He finally joined our family to preach about our good beer and expand our sales territory. Full of energy, enthusiasm, a smile, and some craziness. He always loves to talk about the joy of good beer. A veteran of the hospitality industry, Brian brings 20 years of inside knowledge to our retailers. He joined Defiant a year ago. You can find Brian driving the Defiant van everyday in rockland and Westchester,  at beer fests, and at the brewery Saturday nights.

Brian Cusack- Sales & Distributuon   

Brian has been a friend of the brewery for about 8 years. He finally joined our family to preach about our good beer and expand our sales territory. Full of energy, enthusiasm, a smile, and some craziness. He always loves to talk about the joy of good beer. A veteran of the hospitality industry, Brian brings 20 years of inside knowledge to our retailers. He joined Defiant a year ago. You can find Brian driving the Defiant van everyday in rockland and Westchester,  at beer fests, and at the brewery Saturday nights.