Intuition Ale Works

Crews

Crews

Ben Davis

Founder

Ben Davis is a Jacksonville native who has always felt a drive to give back to his hometown and help move our city forward. Ever the entrepreneur and small-business innovator, Davis’ first contribution to Jacksonville’s cultural landscape dates back to 1999, when he purchased a San Marco coffee shop, popular local hang-out, the Grotto. Anticipating market trends and capitalizing upon a growing demand,Davis saved the Grotto from almost certain demise by transforming it into the wine shop/wine bar concept it is today.

Fascinated by the wine business, Davis moved to the Napa Valley in 2001 to pursue training in winemaking and, in 2003, launched his own label, Tallulah, enjoying critical acclaim early on. At the time Davis could not have foreseen the direction his training in small business and in winemaking would take, but he always knew that his heart was rooted in Jacksonville.

In 2010, after selling his wine label and moving back home, Davis founded Intuition Ale Works, the ultimate combination of his passion for small business, community involvement and good, craft beer. Davis found that his skills as a winemaker translated well into the world of craft beer, where a well-trained palette serves him as much as a head for business. Since its opening in November of 2010, Intuition has become one of the most popular and fastest growing brands of craft beer in the area. Davis also made history as the first craft brewery in the state of Florida to can its most popular brews.

Giving back to the community is central to Intuition’s mission statement. Davis is a member of the Professional and Businessmen’s Association, and serves on the boards of the Memorial Park Association and the ARC of Jacksonville. He was recognized this year by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of Northeast Florida’s “40 Under 40” brightest, most promising young professionals and is also a member of the Leadership Jacksonville class of 2014. Intuition regularly donates to local charities and hosts their events and has forged fundraising partnerships with organizations like the Sulzbacher Center, Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Connections, Movember, and the St. Johns Riverkeeper.

Davis is an Eagle Scout from Troop 2 at St. John’s Presbyterian, a graduate of Episcopal High School and the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago. He currently resides in Avondale with his wife, Diana, and their sons, Roman and Troy.

Brad Lange

Chief Operating Officer

Brad joined Intuition in 2017 after years of drinking Jon Boat and King Street Stout. Previously, he managed a marketing division at a Fortune 500 company and, before that, worked at the U.S. State Department.  
 
A proud native of Jacksonville, Brad is a graduate of Stanton College Prep, the University of Florida, Emory University, and Georgetown University. He lives in Avondale with his wife Carson and daughter Sally. They are all fanatical supporters of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chelsea FC. 

Lindsay Hawkins

General Manager

A reformed elementary school teacher, Lindsay wears many hats here at Intuition Ale Works and has enjoyed being a part of the company’s growth. She started as a beertender on Intuition’s opening day and has been hooked on the industry ever since! You can find her handling day-to-day operations including billing, HR, accounting, compliance, and inventory management. Her favorite tasks include organizing Intuition events!

Outside of work, Lindsay’s favorite thing is attending Bluegrass festivals all over the country. She travels with her husband, Ken, kids Waylon and Eleanor, and often with her amazing parents and three kickass brothers.

Lindsey Kingry

Director of Brewing Operations

Lindsey is a native of Pensacola, Florida. She most recently lived in Atlanta for 7 years before moving to Jacksonville. 

Lindsey completed her undergraduate degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the University of West Florida, and worked for several years in hospital pathology laboratories. She eventually followed her passion for craft beer and attended Auburn University’s Brewing Science and Operations graduate program, where she turned her hobby into a career. 

As the Director of Brewing Operations at Intuition, she oversees all brewing, packaging, and quality assurance operations, standardizes and creates procedures and protocols, and ensure they are adhered to by the brewing team. She also manages the purchasing and negotiations for brewhouse materials and packaged goods, as well as the inventory management of finished products.

Lindsey loves spending time with her Great Dane Chloe, her nieces, and outdoors and at the beach.

Andrew Cattell

Head Brewer

After more than a decade in the craft beer industry, Andrew works harder than any yeast “strains” to fill your glass with the best brew in Jax. He brews for the love of the craft and the satisfaction of seeing IAW patrons partake in one of civilization’s oldest rituals – relaxing and socializing over beer.

Daniel Courts

Director of Sales

Daniel is the Director of Sales at Intuition Ale Works, where he coordinates the movement of product through distribution into retail, including annual planning with distributing partners, forecasting sales trends, and actively leading the Sales and Marketing team.

Daniel worked in the wine and spirits industry in both distribution and retail for a decade prior to joining Intuition Ale Works. He has traveled around the world in the pursuit of developing and perfecting his palate. Daniel’s favorite part of the job is helping new consumers of craft find a beer that they like.

Daniel is a fun-loving, incredibly competitive personality who grew up in Gainesville Florida, and will most often be found behind a chessboard, on a jiu jitsu mat, or on any golf course in the area. Daniel is a proud father of a daughter who inherited his competitive nature, competing in USAG gymnastics and a national dance team in Jacksonville.

Bronson Olympia

Taproom Manager

Bronson is a native of the Hudson Valley in Orange County, New York. He moved to Jacksonville after graduating with a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Bronson’s role with Intuition is to oversee taproom operations, which includes managing and leading a staff of more than 20 team members. He fell in love with Intuition when he took a brewery tour and first tried King Street Stout, which remains one of his favorite beers. 

Bronson is a diehard Boston Celtics fan who bleeds green. He married his wife Rebecca in 2018.

Pete Henry

Head Cellarman

What is your favorite Intuition beer? Easy on the Eyes

When did you start at Intuition? May 2014

What is your favorite thing about working here? My fellow employees

Who is your favorite band? That’s an unfair question! I could maybe make a top 5 or 10 list: Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Pixies, Tom Petty, Yo La Tengo, Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Pavement, Wilco…  too many favorites really

Where is your hometown? I was born in NJ, lived in Connecticut & Mass. We relocated to Jax when I was 10, so Jax is my hometown.

Do you have any hobbies? I enjoy disc golf & goofing off with my family and buddies.

Did you go to college? FSU (briefly) & FSCJ

What is your favorite sports team? JAGS!!!

Keith Baker

Lab Manager

What is your favorite Intuition beer? Shrimp Boat

When did you start at Intuition? May of 2015

Where is your hometown? Waveland, MS

What is your favorite sports team? The Saints!

Matt Crossland

Brewer

What is your favorite Intuition beer? That changes a lot.  Right now I’m bouncing between the Civic Pride and Tiki Pale but Shotgun Shack was the first one I fell in love with.

When did you start at Intuition? I started as financial support from the beginning (OK, so I just hung out in the taproom a lot).  After a while they decided they might as well get some work out of it and put me on the payroll end of 2011/early 2012

What is your favorite thing about working here? I get paid to make beer with a pretty awesome team.

Who is your favorite band? Johnny Cash

Where is your hometown? Bowen, IL (bet you can’t find it on a map without Google’s help)

What is your favorite sports team? Arsenal FC

Glenn Dean

Brewer / Head of R&D / Beertender

What is your favorite Intuition beer? Easy on the Eyes

When did you start at Intuition?August 2016 with the opening of Bay Street location.

What is your favorite thing about working here? Besides the beer and people, the work that Intuition does with the community.

Who is your favorite band? Mumford & Sons

Where is your hometown? Augsburg, Germany

Do you have any hobbies? When I’m not making beer, obstacle course racing and disc golf are probably my go to.

Did you go to college? Siebel Institute of Technology and Doemens World Brewing Academy

What is your favorite sports team? I’m gonna have to take the Gators on this one.

Katie Gonzalez

Events Manager

What is your favorite Intuition beer? King street stout has always been my favorite. It was actually one of the first craft beers I ever tried, on one of my first dates with my now husband at the old location on King Street. That was my first time in the taproom and I fell in love with Intuition at that point.

When did you start at Intuition? Three years ago when we opened at Bay.

What is your favorite thing about working here? The people. We are a family and I feel like I can be myself and just enjoy my place of work every time I step foot past the doors.

What is your favorite place to go in Jacksonville? I love taking my daughter to Stinson park in Ortega. We have picnics there and watch the draw bridge go up and the boats go by.

Where is your hometown? Good ole Paducah, Kentucky.

Do you have any hobbies? Gardening in my greenhouse, and when I’m not doing that I’m gardening in our Bier Garden.

Sammie Bass

Assistant Taproom Manager / Events

What is your favorite Intuition beer? Cocoa Caliente when it’s on tap, but I-10 was my first love.

When did you start at Intuition? February 2014

What is your favorite thing about working here? The staff; they are my fam.

Who is your favorite band? Hard decision… right now I’m really into post punk and stoner metal bands like Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, but I will always love classics like the Zombies and the Kinks.

What is something about you that people don’t know? I grew up singing and have sang at the Whitehouse, the Biltmore Mansion and Epcot. I also sang in a hardcore band at one point.

Did you go to college? I graduated from UNF with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and am currently enrolled at Alpha School of Massage to get my massage therapy license.

Brad Hunt

Cellarman

What is your favorite Intuition beer? Easy on the Eyes

When did you start at Intuition? St. Patricks Day 2016

What is your favorite thing about working here? The Blood, Sweat, and Cheers

Who is your favorite band? RUSH

What is something about you that people don’t know? I have a small Slinkee collection.

Where is your hometown? CHItown, baby!

Do you have any hobbies? Skating, Disc Golf and Riding Bikes

Did you go to college? University of North Florida

What is your favorite sports team? CUBS, JAGS, GO KNIGHTS!

Ben Robertson

North Florida Brand Manager

What is your favorite Intuition beer? Tiki Pale Ale

When did you start at Intuition? June of 2019

What is your favorite thing about working here? The people (my coworkers)

Who is your favorite band? Chicago

Where is your hometown? Jacksonville

Where is your favorite place to go in Jacksonville? For drinks? The Garage.

Did you go to college? FSCJ Jax: Fire Science classes.  FCTC in St. Augustine: Fire 1 & 2 and EMT-Basic

Tyler Benham

Central Florida Brand Manager

What is your favorite Intuition beer? Easy on the Eyes, cause it’s named for me.

When did you start at Intuition? June 2018

What is your favorite thing about working here? The family environment with the staff.

Who is your favorite band? Zac Brown Band

Where is your hometown? Palm Beach, FL

Do you have any hobbies? Golf

What is something about you that people don’t know?  That I’m a huge Dolphins fan.

What is your favorite sports team? Liverpool or The Dolphins

Nick Jones

Taproom Shift Lead

What is your favorite Intuition beer? I like our ESB quite a bit, and Knothead, and Snake in the Grass for sure, and you can’t forget about Tiki Pale.  My opinion is about as concrete as the season but only because the fine men and women in production brew up a variety of tasty beers all year long.

When did you start at Intuition? I started in 2016 when we opened up the new location downtown.

Where is your hometown? Navarre, FL

Do you have any hobbies? There is a certain beauty in doing nothing at all. I wouldn’t call it a hobby but I probably do that more than my actual hobbies and to tell you the truth I probably enjoy it more too.

Did you go to college? University of North Florida

Sergio Caraballo

Taproom Shift Lead / Market Rep

What is your favorite Intuition beer? Snake in the grass

When did you start at Intuition? May or June of 2018

What is your favorite thing about working here? My favorite thing about working at Intuition is the people I’ve met along the way, both staff and guest. Also being at the Nexus of beer culture in the city.

Who is your favorite band? Outkast

Where is your hometown? Rota, Spain

What is something about you that people don’t know? I’m a history nerd.

What is your favorite sports team? Jaguars

Derrick Scott

Beertender

What is your favorite Intuition beer? Cocoa Caliente

When did you start at Intuition? Officially? November of 2014

What is your favorite thing about working here? My co-workers

Where is your hometown? Jacksonville

Do you have any hobbies? Does Twitter count?

What is something about you that people don’t know? I hate mayo.

Did you go to college? University of North Florida

Brandon Edgar

Production / Lab

What is your favorite Intuition beer? Easy on the Eyes

When did you start at Intuition? March of 2019X

What is your favorite thing about working here? The welcome atmosphere and great people around this company.

Where is your hometown? Jacksonville, FL!

What is your favorite place to go in Jacksonville? Riverside and the Beaches

Did you go to college? University of North Florida

What is your favorite sports team? Jaguars

Antwan Curry

Canning Line Operator

What is your favorite Intuition beer? Devil in the Details

When did you start at Intuition? Sept 9th 2019 (best decision i ever made)

What is your favorite thing about working here? I got a dope ass crew, man.

Who is your favorite band? Outkast, Roots, The internet, Cameo, Anderson Paak

Where is your favorite place to go in Jacksonville? Riverside / 5 Points

Do you have any hobbies? I collect comic books and I like to write.

Did you go to college? Miami Dade Skills center (trade school) and Florida Memorial College (Miami)

What is your favorite sports team? Jags, Cowboys, Orlando Magic, Jville Sharks…

Axel Scharf

Packaging Technician

What is your favorite Intuition beer? John Boat or Devil in the Details

When did you start at Intuition? September 2019

What is your favorite thing about working here? The welcoming atmosphere.

Who is your favorite band? Fugees, Supremes, Die Ärzte

Where is your hometown? Merseburg/Saale (Germany)

What is something about you that people don’t know? I’m a bad driver.

What is your favorite sports team? Borussia Dortmund