Meet our People
RUSSEL TINSLEY, FOUNDER/OWNER/MANAGING MEMBER
Originally hailing from east Tennessee, Russel joined the Navy in 2004 and was later stationed in Hampton Roads, Virginia, where he met his lovely future wife, Rebekah. He joined the Newport News Police Department in 2008 and spent the next seven years serving as a police officer as well as a Navy reservist.
An avid beer lover, Russel has been homebrewing for the last five years and now finally gets to live the dream of making and drinking beer as a profession. He stays busy teaching his toddler son Treyton the finer points of manhood, and his faithful dog Jake is never far from his side.
Russel is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and lifelong Cubs fan, always mixes his cake and ice cream together (weird—we know), and once nearly froze to death while hiking in Iceland.
TONY & ALLISON CARTER, OWNERS/INVESTORS
Well, the story goes that these two (from Peabody, Massachusetts, and Westwood, New Jersey, respectively) met at Boston University when Allison was a freshman and Tony was her teaching assistant. The attraction was mutual, and they’ve now been married for 31 years and have two adult children.
The Carters moved to Newport News in 1992 when Tony was stationed at Langley Air Force Base, and while at Langley he was deployed for Operation Restore Hope. Tony is an orthopaedic surgeon (now retired from the Air Force) and Allison is a special needs pediatric physical therapist.
In their free time, the Carters enjoy golfing, boating, hot yoga, rooting for all things Boston (Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics), competing in mud runs/Spartan races, and vacationing in the Caribbean and Napa Valley. They were adopted by a deaf feral cat named Dexter and a cockatiel named CJ who literally flew into their window.
MIKE DONOVAN, BREWMASTER
Mike hails from East Meadow, New York, but has spent his adult life split between western Massachusetts, central New York and northern Virginia. Along the way, he picked up a Master’s degree and began a Ph.D. program before hanging up his lunchbox and leaving school for the real world.
He bartended on Capitol Hill for a while, and after a stint as a senior operations manager at a nonprofit, gave up the respectable life for a career in brewing. He got his start at 3 Stars Brewing Company in D.C., where he eventually worked his way into recipe development and stewardship of the sour program.
Mike lives part time in Hampton Roads, so weekend sightings of him are rare as he’s typically heading home to see his wife Sarah who lives in northern Virginia with their crazy cat (coincidentally named Russell). If you do ever catch him outside the Oozlefinch, you’ll most likely find him at a Norfolk Tides game or a bar where he has convinced the bartender to turn on the Yankees. He has an aversion but not an allergy to cucumbers, and he met his wife by walking across the room and hitting on her at a women's arm wrestling event in downtown D.C. She was not a competitor.
MICHELE HANSON, TAPROOM MANAGER + EVENTS COORDINATOR
Michele was born and raised in Hampton, and aside from a five-year stint in the 90s has lived in the area ever since. After two years as a jewelry design major at Virginia Commonwealth University, Michele dropped out to follow the Grateful Dead, and concerts and music have continued to be a huge part of her life. She's always ready to camp and hike, visit breweries, explore new places and enjoy a good whiskey. Come football season you'll find her rooting for the Redskins!
RACHEL EDWARDS, BREWERY CHEMIST
Rachel, our resident chemist, came to Hampton Roads by way of Christopher Newport University after growing up in Fauquier County, Virginia. Since joining our team in 2016, she spends her days sciencing our beer, specializing in nerdy pick-up lines and aspiring to be Leslie Knope when she grows up. She loves relaxing on the beach, rooting for the Washington Capitals and hanging out with her boyfriend, Dan, and derpy dog, Harley.
TREYTON TINSLEY (T.N.T.), QUALITY ASSURANCE SPECIALIST
Ladies' man, truck/train/puppy/dinosaur aficionado, aspiring talker, and life of the party. Has the best dance moves on staff.
He might not be the brightest light in the harbor, but it's impossible not to love this gentle giant. Is highly motivated by treats and attention.
Loves to dig, chew and nap. Always ready to play and tends to be sneaky!