Meet The Minds Behind Melvin

Jeremy Tofte

Co-Founder / Field Hoperative
Jeremy Tofte

Jeremy, like all good modern day drinkers, is all heart & soul when it comes to craft beer. He founded Thai Me Up restaurant in Jackson Hole, WY in 2000. He was working as a waiter in the current Thai Me Up space and just like most restaurants in the most expensive town in America, it went under. Being the hustler that he is, he talked the landlord into giving him the keys to the space. After painting the walls and learning Thai food, he opened and immediately started ruining people’s vacations by playing loud hip hop and Kung Fu while having fun at work.

Fast Forward six years: After the town of Jackson refused to give him a liquor license for the 4th time to start his dream brewery and instead kept giving them to the 1%, he sold TMU on Ebay (yep) and spent the next two years surfing in New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia. But the good lord would not let the dream end there! Just like most restaurants in the most expensive town in America, Thai Me Up went under and the landlord called him up and gave him the place back! No shit? Amazing. Selling his 1984 Mercedes wagon to pay for a 20 gallon brewing system, he reopened Thai Me Up as a brewery and started the swing towards Melvin in 2009.

Jeremy was born in Montana, and grew up in both Oregon and Northwest, WA where he began working at a beer distributorship in High School. Jeremy made the mistake of going to college in Bend which only made his snowboarding and “microbrew” habit worse. He later received his degree from Portland State in some mundane subject as we all know that is the easiest school in Oregon. After some years in Portland, and chasing pow all over the Western US, he moved to Jackson Hole in 1995 where his life has been crumbling underneath him ever since. His other interests include making fun of bad brewery names. Jeremy is entirely committed to having the most fun, brewing the best beer, and making the most people laugh on any given day.

Dave Chichura

Head Production Brewer

Dave is from a tiny town in South Jersey where he spent most of his time being bitten by every annoying insect nature had to offer. Sometimes he went fishing, but mostly studied every facet of Pink Floyd’s musical teachings at full volume. Then he went to college where he learned how to throw a frisbee, very well. Once the game of frisbee throwing felt like a thing of the past, he discovered ‘real beer’. It was in the form of a Guinness Extra Stout and it is that particular beer’s fault that he found himself craving a brewing ‘career’.

Dave’s first brewing gig was with the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Indianapolis in 1996. He had been a home brewer for a couple of years and decided that it would be really cool to make beer for a living, and sure ’nuff’ it was. After a few years with Rock Bottom at a couple different locations, he found himself working at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI. He worked there for just a year before he got a job with a small brewpub in Boulder, CO called Mountain Sun, working alongside them for about two years.

Dave then took a hiatus from brewing and 8 months (six months of which was spent moving pianos, or as his friend put it more euphemistically ‘in the music business’). Once his music business came to a close, he found himself working at Oskar Blues in Lyons, CO. Oskar Blues was a small brewery at the time, about 3,000 barrels in production the year before he started. This was an increasing amount of its beer in 12 oz cans, a rarity in craft beer at the time. Nearly Nine years later, OB started new production facilities across the US, adding many more people and a sh*tload more production. By the time Dave left in 2013, Oskar Blues was producing nearly 100,000 barrels annually. Dave had one more 10 month gig with a brewery in South Central Colorado, where he built another brewing facility and did their very best to produce as much beer as possible within a small brewing system.

With barely a moment’s notice, Jeremy Tofte sent a very cryptic text message to Dave summoning him to work for Melvin, and now… Dave resides in Alpine, where all of his hard work will once again be put to the test. Luckily, Alpine has less skin eating bugs, and a ton of fishing, so we expect Dave will get along just fine.

In the words of Pink Floyd…Then at last the mighty ship, Descending on a point of flame, Made contact with the Tofte, in ol’ Alpine. Now, now, now is the time… time to make some damn good beer.

Will Morrow

Financial Guru and Chief Adult Supervisor

Will grew up in Southern California, as well as a ranch out in Carrie, Idaho. His experience in the financial world is vast. From LA, to Wall Street, and all winding roads to China, he has proved his ability to keep up with the Melvins in a way that promotes smart business, and positive attitudes all around.

Will used to call in orders at Thai me up back in the day, but they finally sat down and spoke about financial goals and experiences in November 2013. Will was sold on the big picture of Melvin as well as the strategies and functionality that comes with starting a business. This is Will’s first experience working with a Brewery and the first time in his life he has found himself sitting around the table with a bunch of “magical brains”.

In the words of Will Morrow, “…this experience starts and ends with passion.” Passion for the job, the people involved, and the incredible beer that is being brewed. Awards are awards, but doing exactly what you want in life can speak a hell of a lot louder.

Crunch the numbers, crush the can.

Want to end the day on a good note? Drink a good beer.”

Ted Whitney

Sales Director