MEET THE STAFF  AT
METAZOA BREWING CO.

Learn more about the team that works tirelessly to provide you with delicious beer and a lively pet-friendly taproom!

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Looking for a fulfilling job with co-workers that love great beer and helping animals? You're in the right place!

We're currently looking for a full-time Building Manager/Driver to join our maintenance team, plus part-time Brand Ambassadors to join our Events team. Learn more & apply below.

FULL-TIME STAFF

Dave Worthington graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University in 1979. He has started approximately 10 businesses to date, including The Worthington Company. When Dave and Rand Wilson started Brewery Tours of Indianapolis in 2012, they thirsted to be more deeply involved in the craft beer community and decided to begin work on Metazoa Brewing Co. Dave is a retired home brewer and usually visits over 100 breweries per year. When he’s not enjoying beer you can find Dave on the golf course, fishing, or spending quality time with his family.
 

  • Favorite Beer: 
    Anything with an ABV of 10% or above, and Belgians 
     

  • Favorite Animal: 
    Speedy, his late three-legged cat.

PRESIDENT

DAVE WORTHINGTON

Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Minor in Theater Design from Vanderbilt University in 2012 before starting a career in sales and marketing. A lifelong beer-enthusiast, animal-lover, and self-proclaimed 'foodie,' Lauren was thrilled to become part of a company whose mission and culture was as unique and inspiring as its product. In her time outside the brewery, Lauren loves to cook, practice yoga, travel, and explore the local Indianapolis theater and arts scene.

 

  • Favorite Beer: 
    Anything made with coffee or chocolate!
     

  • Favorite Animal: 
    Chimps and her white Persian cat, Sophie

VICE PRESIDENT

LAUREN FREDERICK

On Feb. 7, 2007, Rand Wilson starting working for Dave Worthington at The Worthington Company as an on-site coordinator. He quickly proved himself invaluable to Dave. In 2012, Rand and Dave began Brewery Tours of Indianapolis together and Brewery Tours of St. Louis in 2013. As a  Marine, Rand currently holds the position of Past Commander of the American Legion Post 34 in Broad Ripple. He also enjoys riding his Harley Davidson Street Glide on long road trips or spur of the moment adventures. 
 

  • Favorite Beer: 
    Anything hoppy or imperial 
     

  • Favorite Animal: 
    All animals

GENERAL MANAGER

RAND WILSON

Nick was raised in small town Indiana, but moved to Indianapolis to attend college. After completing his studies he worked in local nonprofits for six years. He also began to home brew right after college and fell in love with the process. Nick joined Metazoa in 2016 as the pilot brewer and has worked his way up to head brewer followed by Director of Brewing Operations. His main focus is brewing, but he also enjoys recipe formulation and developing effective and efficient processes for the brewing team. When he isn't brewing, Nick enjoys cycling and cooking. 

 

  • Favorite Beer: 
    Saisons
     

  • Favorite Animal: 
    Otters, foxes

DIRECTOR OF BREWING OPERATIONS

NICK BETZNER

Josh grew in in Nashville, Indiana. After graduating high school, he moved to Bloomington and never left. Josh started his brewing career as an assistant brewer on a four barrel pilot system for Quaff On! Brewing Co. in 2015. He learned the fundamentals of brewing and worked his way up through the ranks to the head brewer position. He also attended Siebel’s, World Brewing Academy, Concise Course in Brewing Technology. Josh joined Metazoa in October 2018 and loves the wide spectrum of beers and the creativity that goes into the recipes. In his spare time (which isn’t much with twin five-year-olds), Josh likes to hang out with his family, hike, and ride his motorcycle.

 

  • Favorite Beer: 
    Depends on the season, but a good IPA is his go to beer of choice
     

  • Favorite Animal: 
    Red-tailed hawk and elephants

BREWER

JOSH SMITH

Dale was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Since 11 years old though, he spent most of his summers in South Bend, Indiana working at a summer camp. After years at the camp, a short stint in the Army, and numerous vocations, he decided in 2009 that brewing beer is what he’d really like to do for a living. In his pursuit of a beer career, which would eventually land him back in Indiana, he spent several years in Denver, and brief times both in Phoenix and Portland. He experienced and learned all different sides of brewing in the places he worked. Through a chance encounter on social media, the timing was right and Metazoa and Dale met. When not working Dale enjoys spending time with his wife Bekah and two kids.

 

  • Favorite Beer: 
    Favorite beer is the one in my hand. Probably hoppy but depends on mood and season.
     

  • Favorite Animal: Mantis Shrimp is my favorite animal. Look it up if you don’t know about them!

BREWER

DALE VAN DERAA

Joey is an award-winning videographer and photographer. Before becoming a brewer Joey came from the world of marketing, PR and content creation, working for the Indiana State Museum and NUVO Newsweekly. Joey has always had a passion for beer. First, drinking it. Now, making it. He is the proud pupper-papa of two rescues - Bruce and Linda Loo.

 

  • Favorite Beer: 
    DIPAs and Imperial Stouts
     

  • Favorite Animal: 
    Bats and dogs

BREWER

JOEY SMITH

Alex grew up in Centerville, OH and attended Eastern Kentucky University where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Professional Golf Management. Upon graduation he served as a PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Meridian Hills Country Club for 3 seasons. In his free time, Alex enjoys playing golf with friends, listening to podcasts, running and exploring new restaurants around Indy.

  • Favorite Beer: 
    IPAs & Belgians
     

  • Favorite Animal: 
    Busby, his family’s
    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ​

SALES MANAGER

ALEX POLEY

John was born and raised in the Northwest side of Chicago. He attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Film and Animation. After 10 years of industrial film work and Hotel audio visual work, he realized that perhaps he should look outside his intended career field for a more fulfilling vocation. 

Having a love for beer and already homebrewing for about a year, he confidently, if not irrationally,  quit his job and and enrolled at The Siebel Institute, the country's oldest brewing school. After graduation, he landed a cellar position at Goose Island Beer Co. He worked at Goose Island for 15 years and in that time, worked up to the position of Head Brewer. After Goose Island, he moved on to become Brewmaster at the Latin American-inspired startup brewery, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. After 4 plus years at 5 Rabbit, he came to Metazoa in Indianapolis, leaving his home city for the first time. John says of the move, "I'm enjoying being a stranger in a strange land, and am really enjoying brewing in and exploring my new home."

 

  • Favorite Beer: 
    Depends when you catch him, but Bohemian Pilsner is always up there 
     

  • Favorite Animal: 
    Otters (River or Sea), the Elusive Giant Squid

BREWMASTER

JOHN J. HALL

Before working at Metazoa Brewing Co., Sarah worked for three years at Heartland Film managing marketing and design initiatives for the annual 11-day Heartland Int'l Film Festival and other year-round programs and events. In 2014, Sarah received a Telecommunications degree from Indiana University with minors in Studio Art and Communication & Culture. While in college, she interned with KCET Los Angeles, NBCUniversal, and the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology. Outside of work, Sarah loves traveling, long walks on the Monon, devouring new books, hosting dinner parties, and over-analyzing her favorite television shows.  

 

  • Favorite Beer: 
    Early to Rise, Blonde Ales, & Witbiers
     

  • Favorite Animal: 
    Her new puppy, Geoffrey Charles

MARKETING + EVENTS MANAGER

SARAH SILCOX

Kristin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and Media Studies from DePauw University in 2017. Shortly after graduating, Kristin discovered a passion for photography and graphic design and has pursued a career in creative marketing ever since. Long time Indianapolis resident, dog mom, and craft-beer enthusiast, Kristin was thrilled to join the marketing team at her favorite brewery in Indy. When she's not working in the taproom, you can find her playing fetch with her pup Bandit, sipping vanilla lattes at one of her favorite coffee shops, or exploring Fountain Square.  

 

  • Favorite Beer: 
    Anything light and fruity! Especially blueberry or orange flavors.
     

  • Favorite Animal: 
    All dogs but especially her Blue Heeler, Bandit.

MARKETING + EVENTS COORDINATOR

KRISTIN MARTIN

140 South College Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Tel: 317-522-0251

MON-WED | 1PM - 9PM

THU | 11AM - 9PM

FRI & SAT | 11AM - 11PM

SUN | 11AM - 9PM

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