Our Team


Ian Harbage, Head Brewer
 
Ian grew up in Vermont, and went to college in Kalamazoo, MI. He got into brewing after spending a semester abroad in England, where he was able to try a number of classic beer styles. After returning to the states, he began homebrewing with a college buddy, and was able to find even more beer variety through the growing craft beer scene in Michigan. After graduating, he returned back to Vermont, and started in a cellar position at Long Trail Brewing. Over the years, he was able to hone his skills and eventually became the Head Brewer, where he oversaw day-to-day production in both the Brewhouse and Cellars. During his time there, he completed the Institute of Brewing and Distilling Diploma Brewer program, as well as the Business of Craft Beer certificate program through UVM. He joined Rutland Beer Works as Head Brewer in 2021. When he’s not at the brewery, he enjoys hiking, cooking and baking, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with his wife, dog, and 2 cats.


Steve "Abe" Abraham, Brewer

Abe started his journey as a home brewer back in 2008.  Inspired to brew professionally, he attended Middlesex Community College in MA to study biology/chemistry and is continuing his education at The Institute of Brewing and Distilling.  He brings over seven years of professional brewing experience from his time at Long Trail Brewing Company.  He loves to make all styles of beer, but traditional lagers and English styles are his favorites.  Outside of brewing, Abe is a bass player who enjoys playing and seeing live music, working on cars and home projects, spending time with his family, and exploring the woods of Vermont with his dog Jed.

 


Amber Bowman, Assistant Brewer
 
Amber left the automotive repair field in 2015 to pursue a role within the craft beer industry. While working various front of house roles she was able to become familiar with and educated on different styles of beer and aspects of brewing. She developed a passion for high quality beer and improving the overall consumer experience. She moved to Vermont in 2018 and joined the Rutland Beer Works team as an Assistant Brewer at the start of 2021. When outside of the brewery she enjoys cooking, exploring the local food and beer scene, working in the garage, and getting outside with her two dogs to hike or garden.

Kayla Steinmetz, Sales & Marketing

After spending 8 years as an addictions counselor in Cincinnati, OH, Kayla realized it was time to make a few changes that aligned with what she truly enjoyed in life. So, she moved to Vermont and started selling beer. Despite her previous career, she has always enjoyed checking out breweries and paying attention to new trends in the craft brewing world. She also brings knowledge and experience in brand building, networking, and marketing. She is very excited to be a part of Rutland Beer Works' continued growth and development as a brand. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys all things outdoors, cooking, and brewing weird flavors of kombucha.