Wil Dee

Wil Dee

Co-founder

Co-founder Wil Dee is a true Orange County native and hardcore craft beer lover with a mission to bring great beer to his local community. He's also the brains behind Chapman Crafted, Haven Craft Kitchen +Bar and Provisions Deli & Bottleshop (all located in Old Towne Orange), Wil's commitment to finely crafted food and beverage continues with his service on the Executive Board for the Orange Chamber of Commerce and as Vice President of the Orange County Brewers Guild. Even with all that, Wil is first and foremost a devoted husband and father who enjoys snowboarding, a glass of great whiskey, and watching sports (especially water polo). A lover of our Chapman Crafted Pils and fierce advocate for independent craft beer, Wil's spirit animal is fittingly a lion.

randy nelson

Randy Nelson

Co-founder

As a co-founder of Chapman Crafted, Randy does a bit of everything around our brewery and taproom – a true jack-of-all-trades. It didn't take much convincing for Wil to get Randy on board, and it's a partnership that's yielded incredibly fun results. Outside of the beer world, you can find him at home grilling with his family or on a trip to Vegas to hit the sportsbooks. His favorite quote, "Life is short, live it well!"

Shawn Higginbotham

Shawn Higginbotham

Director of Sales & Distribution

Our Director of Sales & Distribution, Shawn's responsible for getting our beer out into the world. A former General Manager at Beachwood Barbecue's Seal Beach location, Shawn is a true OC beer guy. He enjoys football, camping throughout our National Parks, a good cup of coffee and a well-made cocktail. A lover of our Chapman Crafted Pils, when pressed you'll find out that his spirit animal is the famed duckbilled platypus – ask him why!

Mattias Bellasalmo

Mattias Bellasalmo

Sales & Distribution 

Mattias handles Sales & Distribution as well as Accounts Receivable, helping us spread our delicious beer far and wide. A former Wine Warehouse beer specialist, Mattias enjoys Pilsners and Pale Ales – but if pressed he'll pick Chapman Crafted Pils every time. When he's not working a beer event you can find him cooking, hiking, fishing, doing martial arts, or fixing mechanical clocks – or spending time with his wife and two children. Spirit animal: the Mantis Shrimp!

Casey Curley

Casey Curley

Operations Manager

Our Operations Manager Casey joins us from San Diego. She loves stouts and porters, and her favorite Chapman Crafted beer is our Slow Riser Nitro Red Ale with Coffee (can we blame her?). When she's not managing taproom operations and events, you'll find her at home baking a pretty incredible chocolate chip cookie!

David Hall

David Hall

Head Brewer

Our Head Brewer, David is responsible for the production of our delicious beers. His past experience at Bottle Logic, Addison Homebrew Provisions, and Left Coast has made him a true lover of classically hopped Pale Ales, IPAs, and Munich Helles – he's an especially happy camper with a "Yes Chef" Hoppy Lager in his hands. A husband and father with a continued love of home brewing and music, if you can't find him in our brewhouse he'll probably be at Windsor Homebrew Supply. His favorite quote is from Rush's Limelight, "I can't pretend a stranger is a long-awaited friend."

Brewer

Robert Weden

Brewer

We are excited to add Robert (Bob) Weden to our Brewing Team. Bob has always had a passion for craft beer and has worked at many local breweries including Beach City Brewing and Barley Forge. He is a connoisseur of English Ales but also loves a solid West Coast IPA. When he is not brewing beer you can find him spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle, or chasing his chickens out of his tomato plants. Welcome to the family!

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Rob Harrelson

Brewer

Meet the newest member of the Chapman Crafted Family, Rob Harrelson. Technically he has worked at our brewery before but he took some time away to expand his beer knowledge before coming back as a Brewer. Like most brewers, he got his start in homebrewing. Rob's passion for this industry led him to complete the Siebel Master Brewers Program so he could expand his career and become a brewer. When he is not in the brewery you can find him spending time with his dog Jack, cooking, or painting/drawing. Rob is looking forward to continuing to learn about the brewing process and specifically how that applies to all varieties of beer.

Cellar Operator

Austin Victer

Cellar Operator

Austin joined our Tasting Room Team one year ago and recently made the transition over to the production side of our Brewhouse. He is passionate about craft beer and is excited to learn the trade from our veteran brewing team. Austin, like most of our team, loves the outdoors and often spends his free time camping and hiking. His favorite style of beer is lagers.

Noah Poletiek

Noah Poletiek

Director of Coffee

As our Director of Coffee, Noah does a great job of keeping us all well-caffeinated. Former owner and head roaster of Bangarang Coffee, we know that Noah knows coffee - but he also is a lover of music, poetry, philosophy, and cool tech deck tricks. His favorite beer styles are as he puts it, "the German stuff," and when he's not brewing coffee or enjoying beer you can find him at a new restaurant, strolling through nature or hogging wifi at the nearest local coffee shop.