David Klingenberger CFO: Chief Fermenting Officer Founder and CFO (Chief Fermenting Officer) of the Brinery, David’s life is a ballad of land and sea. His love of fermentation began in the fertile fields of Southeastern Michigan's own Tantré Farm, where as a young man at the turn of the century (1999), he preserved an abundance of cabbage with his first ever batch of sauerkraut. Passing many years in Tantré furrows, as well as sailing between growing seasons, David eventually founded the Brinery in the summer of 2010. As a business owner, David embraces the connection between good health and fermentation, a sailor guiding his probiotic business ship though the seas and guts of others. He is proud to provide nourishment for the community with traditionally fermented foods.

David Klingenberger
CFO: Chief Fermenting Officer

Founder and CFO (Chief Fermenting Officer) of the Brinery, David’s life is a ballad of land and sea. His love of fermentation began in the fertile fields of Southeastern Michigan's own Tantré Farm, where as a young man at the turn of the century (1999), he preserved an abundance of cabbage with his first ever batch of sauerkraut. Passing many years in Tantré furrows, as well as sailing between growing seasons, David eventually founded the Brinery in the summer of 2010. As a business owner, David embraces the connection between good health and fermentation, a sailor guiding his probiotic business ship though the seas and guts of others. He is proud to provide nourishment for the community with traditionally fermented foods.

Andrew Production Manager Could you play rugby with a cabbage?  Our production manager Andrew is definitely qualified to answer that question. With a combined pedigree of food product training at University of Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island and chef experience in fine kitchens, Andrew brings a sophisticated culinary mind and a hot kitchen hustle to the production floor. The genius behind our zippy beets and an improved production output, keep a lookout for the next briney creations to come. When he’s not planning company production, he is coaching rugby for U of M or perfecting his quest for the perfect potato chip.

Andrew
Production Manager

Could you play rugby with a cabbage?  Our production manager Andrew is definitely qualified to answer that question. With a combined pedigree of food product training at University of Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island and chef experience in fine kitchens, Andrew brings a sophisticated culinary mind and a hot kitchen hustle to the production floor. The genius behind our zippy beets and an improved production output, keep a lookout for the next briney creations to come. When he’s not planning company production, he is coaching rugby for U of M or perfecting his quest for the perfect potato chip.

Emily Line Supervisor A fun lady with a food love of baby carrots and cookies, our production supervisor Emily Katz’s true loves are her wife Camille and their children Rosco (dog) and Mija (cat). After Kalamazoo College, she honed her cabbage knife in Ann Arbor restaurants where she came across Andrew, who encouraged her to come along to help grow the Brinery. We’re glad he did because she is the detail-oriented jarring extraordinaire whose meticulous record keeping tracks every shred of krauty data.  

Emily
Line Supervisor

A fun lady with a food love of baby carrots and cookies, our production supervisor Emily Katz’s true loves are her wife Camille and their children Rosco (dog) and Mija (cat). After Kalamazoo College, she honed her cabbage knife in Ann Arbor restaurants where she came across Andrew, who encouraged her to come along to help grow the Brinery. We’re glad he did because she is the detail-oriented jarring extraordinaire whose meticulous record keeping tracks every shred of krauty data.

 

Kevin Operations Manager Truly the cabbage counter, Kevin manages the company books and keeps the ship afloat. His most important job is making sure people get paid, whether they be employees, farmers, or the brine wizards. After a gentleman’s batch of kimchi made with David in 2007, he got his sea legs in 2011, and climbed aboard as an official shipmate in 2012. Since then, Kevin has been instrumental in helping the Brinery navigate the briney seas in search of sustainable growth and good fortune.

Kevin
Operations Manager

Truly the cabbage counter, Kevin manages the company books and keeps the ship afloat. His most important job is making sure people get paid, whether they be employees, farmers, or the brine wizards. After a gentleman’s batch of kimchi made with David in 2007, he got his sea legs in 2011, and climbed aboard as an official shipmate in 2012. Since then, Kevin has been instrumental in helping the Brinery navigate the briney seas in search of sustainable growth and good fortune.