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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!

FULL-TIME STAFF

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DAVE WORTHINGTON

PRESIDENT

Dave Worthington and his family have always enjoyed donating to animal charities and fostering rescued animals, but as Dave began dreaming of owning a brewery, he realized that he wanted to offer something even more special – so Metazoa Brewing Co. was born. Since opening the brewery in 2016, Dave has continued to build the company around a promise to donate five percent of all profits to unique animal charities in Indiana and beyond. A craft-beer enthusiast to his core, 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, and Charlie, Metazoa’s retired Pest Control Manager.

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LAUREN FREDERICK

VICE PRESIDENT

Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Vanderbilt University in 2012 before starting a career in Sales and Marketing. As a craft beer enthusiast and the first person to pet any stranger’s dog, Lauren was thrilled to join Dave in his mission to create a company with a mission and culture as 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: 
    “Pleading the Fifth” until Metazoa makes its first Bohemian Pilsner.

 

  • Favorite Animal: 
    Any and all chimps and her fluffy, white Persian, “Sophie.”

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TAYLOR WILLIAMS

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING + EVENTS

Taylor graduated from Indiana University in 2010 with a degree in journalism and quickly began her career in marketing and branding. With more than 5 years in the Indiana craft beverage industry, Taylor is thrilled to bring her passion for great beer branding and her love of animals to the Metazoa team.    

 

  • Favorite Beer: 
    Anything barrel-aged
     

  • Favorite Animal: 
    Orca whales and her beloved puppy, Finn

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ALEX POLEY

DIRECTOR OF SALES

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

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ANGELA SMITH

TAPROOM MANAGER

Angela is an Indianapolis service industry veteran. She was with the Slippery Noodle Inn since 2008, helped open Bru Burger on Mass Ave, and was the manager of Big Woods in Franklin. She started out, in the taproom at Metazoa, as a bartender in 2020 and is excited to transition into her new role of taproom manager. Angela loves the farmer's market, trading recipes with everyone, being creative, and of course, loves all dogs. She is the proud Dog Mom of two rescues and can't wait to rescue more.  

 

  • Favorite Beers: 
    La Vaquera Rubia and Ambers or Red Ales

  • Favorite Animals: 
    The list is long, but a few are elephants, manatees, and DOGS!

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JOHN HALL

BREWMASTER

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

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JIM RICKETTS

MANAGER, FINANCE, & ADMINISTRATION

Jim graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in the field of accounting in 1997. This launched his career with a Fortune 500 company where he worked in many financial roles for twenty-three years. During his tenure, he furthered his education and obtained a Master of Science in Business Administration. Jim’s passion for the craft beer industry and his love for all animals eventually drew him away from corporate America to join the Metazoa brewing family. When not working, Jim enjoys play time with his adopted Pitbull pup, Lola, and rocking out with the family cockatoo, Maggie.  Jim is also a big advocate for supporting local restaurants, stores and music venues.  
 

  • Favorite Beer: 
    DDH Hoppopptamus W/ Nelson Sauvin & Pacific Sunrise Hops

     

  • Favorite Animal: 
    Large dogs of all breeds, but small ones are cool too. 

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