About Keystone Homebrew Supply

Keystone Homebrew Supply has been providing quality beer and wine making supplies and expert advice since 1992. A thriving community of dedicated local homebrewers and winemakers has helped us to develop Keystone into a rapidly expanding two-store operation (including an amazing, one-of-a-kind 23,000 square foot facility in Montgomeryville). We believe our staff at both locations is what really sets us apart, however. Our mission is to provide a fun and educational experience for local brewers and winemakers, and superior selection and service for all of our customers. Everyone here is passionate about what we do, and we have well over 100 years of combined experience in the hobby. Here is a little background:

Jason Harris

Owner, Co-founder
Jason started the business in November of 1992 fresh out of college. His original goal was to use the experienced gained from running a homebrew shop to open a brewpub, but he is having way too much fun to ever give this up, and is proud to offer a truly unique experience for brewers and winemakers. Jason is a National Beer Judge in the Beer Judge Certification Program, has passed the wine tasting exam given by the Home Wine and Beer Trade Association, and has an advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET).

Makes: Beer, wine, mead, cider, soda…
Favorite styles of beer to brew: American Pale Ale
Craziest concoction: Watermelon beer
Brew system: Specialty grain/extract on my stovetop (who has time for all-grain anyway?)
Favorite commercial breweries: Anchor, Yards, Flying Fish, Troegs
Favorite wines: Pinot Noir, Sauvigon Blanc, and Nebbiolo

Lou Balli

General Manager
A former New York investment banker, Lou has been the manager of our Montgomeryville store (a much more noble cause) since 2005. Lou enjoys experimenting with all kinds of fermentations, and rarely makes the same style twice. (Except porters. He makes a lot of porters.) He spends much of his time as a volunteer with the Worcester Fire Department, and shares excessive amounts of his beer with firefighters who would probably be just as happy with a “silver bullet.”

Makes: Beer, wine, mead and soda
Favorite styles of beer to brew: Porters, Stouts, English Bitters
Craziest concoction: Budweiser clone with an extra ¼ oz of Tettnang
Brew system: 15 gal Blichmann brew kettle & burner, 72 qt cooler with bazooka screen (for batch sparging), 50 ft stainless immersion chiller, repurposed scaffolding as brew sculpture
Favorite commercial breweries: Stone, Maine, Three Floyds, Midnight Sun
Favorite wines: The “Three B’s”: Brunello, Barbera & Barleywine

Judy Parsons

Manager, Bethlehem
With a degree in Dairy Science, Judy worked at a dairy farm near New Hope for almost ten years. Little did she realize how her life would change when she bought her husband a homebrew kit for Fathers’ Day. It wasn’t long before she started working for America U Brew. In August 1998, Judy came to work for Keystone, started all grain brewing, and began brewing with a computer-regulated RIMS system. Judy happily lives and brews with her husband Jim, daughter Brianna, son Colton, three Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, and five donkeys.

Makes: Wine, fruit wines, ciders, and beer
Favorite style of beer to brew: Hoppy Pale Ales, English Bitters
Craziest concoction: Raspberry Ginger Cyser
Brew system: Recirculation infusion mash system (RIMS)
Favorite commercial breweries: Hoegaarden, Dogfish Head, Samuel Smith’s, Fancy Pants
Favorite wines: Pinot Noir

Meridyth Orner

Operations Manager, Montgomeryville
Meridyth is the voice of reason character in every 80′s movie ever. With a breadth of knowledge regarding beer, wine, and pop music, Meridyth is the person to ask about fixing your brewing problems, or which cereal is best. A certified BJCP judge, this girl knows her brews.

Makes: beer, wine, cider, kimchi, sauerkraut, trouble
Favorite style of beer to brew:
Whatever I have time for.  Usually a sessionable IPA.
Craziest concoction: Who you calling crazy?
Brew system: The Grainfather
Favorite commercial breweries: PBR, Genesse Cream Ale, Local! Forest & Main, Free Will
Favorite wines: Anything with bubbles!  Also, Oregon Pinot Noir, Cote du Rhone, Napa Cab and Petite Sirah

Anthony Marino

Sales Manager, Montgomeryville
A lover of all things fermentable, “Tony” has been working with Keystone since September of 2015. When he’s not growing his ever expanding collection of different beers, he’s brewing a crazy new mead or cider.

Makes: Beer, Wine, mead, cider, Kombucha
Favorite style of beer to brew: 
Saison
Craziest concoction: Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
Brew system: Pot + Cooler
Favorite commercial breweries: Allagash, Firestone Walker, Bissell Brothers
Favorite wines: Barolo

 

And our awesome and experienced sales staff

Dan Toms

Montgomeryville
Dan Toms is a man of many pleasures. Not only does he enjoy beer, he is also passionate about heavy metal, history, space, and grammar. A member of the Keystone team since 2015, Dan likes to go old school with his flavors and styles of fermenting.

Makes: beer, wine, cider, and mead
Favorite style of beer to brew:
English Bitter, Oatmeal stout, Vienna Lager
Craziest concoction: herbal short mead in a plastic jug
Brew system: 2.5 gal mini-BIAB
Favorite commercial breweries: Sierra Nevada, Timothy Taylor
Favorite wines: Malbec, Petite Sirah

Matt McClanahan

Montgomeryville
We’re pretty sure Matt’s an alien. When he’s not brewing increasingly bizarre beers that would make even Andrew Zimmern’s head turn, he’s helping to run the drive-in movie theater that he has up and running. He has been working at Keystone for what seems like generations, though it appears he never ages…

Makes: Beer
Favorite style of beer to brew:
Beers using movie theater ingredients (popcorn, candy, Nicholas Cage)
Craziest concoction:Popcorn Pale Ale with popped popcorn in the mash
Brew system:
Favorite commercial breweries:
Favorite wines:

 

Ryan Seiz

Montgomeryville
Ryan is afraid of a lot of things. He’s afraid of Matt McClanahan. He’s afraid that you won’t know that someone once called him the Michael Jordan of beer pong. He’s most afraid that you won’t ever hear his karaoke rendition of Katy Perry. When Ryan is not afraid, he brews beer and has other hobbies like being married.

Makes: Beer
Favorite style of beer to brew:
Belgian Tripel, IPAs
Craziest concoction: Green Tea, Ginger, lemon honey IPA
Brew system: Blichmann top Tier 15 gal
Favorite commercial breweries: PBR
Favorite wines:

 

Russ Czajka

Montgomeryville
Our buddy Russ made the jump from the professional brewing world (He was previously the brewer at The General Lafayette Inn) here to Keystone to get back to his brewing roots. When he’s not telling people how to pronounce his last name correctly, you can (try) to catch him riding his bike or on ski patrol in the winter.

Makes: Beer, wine, cider
Favorite styles of beer to brew: English Bitters and Milds, Saisons, Saisons, and Saisons
Craziest concoction: Not a Saison
Brew system:
Favorite commercial breweries: The entire country of Belgium
Favorite wines: Strawberry, Blueberry, anything beer infused.

John Stecker

Montgomeryville
John has worked at Keystone since the beginning of time (or counting the rings in his brew kettle, about June 1995). He always seems to have a second career in the works, though, and has spent time as a radio show host, a professional brewer, and (currently) a filmmaker.

Makes: ciders, wine, meads, and especially beer
Favorite style of beer to brew:
American pale ales, Belgian ales, and just about everything under the sun
Craziest concoction: 14% ABV double bock (verging on triple bock), honey dunkel weizen double bock
Brew system: simple cooler system, once had a recirculation infusion mash system (RIMS), but is going back to basics
Favorite commercial breweries: Anderson Valley, Rogue, Ommegang, Lost Coast
Favorite wines: Shiraz

Keystone Homebrew Supply Joins RecycleBank
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Former Keystone Employees