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Brewery Team

Kyle Manns

Kyle Manns

Director of Brewing Operations
TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room, TAPS Fish House & Brewery

Kyle Manns is an award-winning brewer with over eight years of versatile professional grain-to-glass experience. He graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a BA in Media Arts, Audio Recording. In 2003, he began working in the music industry as a recording engineer. It was at this time that he became fascinated with homebrewing.

In early 2009, Manns got his first taste of professional brewing as a volunteer at The Bruery where he entered a beer in his first competition: The Bruery’s Batch 50. He credits his time at The Bruery with jumpstarting his brewing career and by the end of 2009, Manns made a pivotal career transition when he accepted the position of assistant brewer at BJ’s Brewery, West Covina. For the next three years, Manns honed his skills on all facets of the beer-making process. Confident in his progression, he then took a brewer position at TAPS Fish House & Brewery where he aided in the development of an award-winning barrel-aging program. In 2013, Manns was recruited as head brewer at Bottle Logic Brewing to assist in setting-up and building-out the brewery and tasting room. He also crafted a product portfolio, which included over 60 unique beers.

Manns returned to TAPS Fish House & Brewery in December of 2014 as the new brewery operations manager for both the Brea and Corona locations. In his current position as Director of Brewing Operations, he is responsible for production management, ingredient sourcing, employee training, event coordination and representation, government reporting, recipe development and other operational tasks. His passion for the craft and boundless drive and creativity have lead to numerous awards and medals.

Manns’ hometown is La Habra, CA where he resides with his wife and children.

Jonathan Chiusano

Jonathan Chiusano

Brewery Operations Manager
TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room, TAPS Fish House & Brewery

Jon Chiusano graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double major in Global and Italian Studies. He spent a year studying at the University of Bologna, Italy where he interned as head professor teaching English. He would later receive a small stipend to teach English in rural Thailand in the developing ASEAN zone.

In 2011, Chiusano took a position as shift brewer at the Santa Barbara Brewing Company. It was here that his passion for brewing emerged and he quickly mastered the complete brewing process: from milling to knockout. Now proficient in brewpub brewing, Chiusano continued to cultivate his knowledge by joining Bottle Logic Brewing Company in 2014. His role as lead brewer enabled him to gain valuable experience in production brewing. Tasked with supervising and educating employees and managing the logistics of production, Chiusano became an esteemed, well-rounded brewer.

In early 2015, Chiusano’s career came full-circle when he was presented with the opportunity to join the TAPS Fish House & Brewery team. In his current position as Brewery Operations Manager, Chiusano has utilized his background in education to develop the TAPS beer class program. He was directly involved with new recipe developments and brewing techniques, that helped TAPS take home the Midsize Brewpub of the Year award at Great American Beer Festival® in 2015 and many more medals since then. His talents as a brewer, both technically and artistically, have made him a valuable addition to the all-star TAPS team.

Chiusano holds an American Brewers Guild® Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering Working Brewers Degree certification. He resides in Fullerton, CA.

Brennan Perry

Head Brewer
TAPS Tustin

Brennan began his entry into the world of brewing as a consumer, enthralled by the creativity and flavor craft beer offered. After being convinced by a veteran homebrewer to try the hobby, Brennan became enamored with the creation of beer. Within a year of homebrewing he stepped into the professional realm of brewing and continued to grow his passion. Brennan cut his teeth at Stone Brewing Co. and Beachwood Brewing, gathering extensive knowledge from the venerable breweries and bringing it to the TAPS family. In his free time he bakes bread, works on cars, and continues to homebrew.

Max Jones

Max Jones

QA/QC & Packaging Manager
TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room

Max Jones joined the team in 2016 after receiving a B.S. in chemistry. His interest in chemistry and microbiology blossomed into a passion for beer and brewing. While going to school, Max landed a job at Bottle Logic, where he worked as a Cellarman under Kyle and Jon. Prior to working in the brewing industry, Max worked in the printing industry as a Maintenance and Fabrication Technician. When he’s not at the brewery or sitting in traffic on the 91, Max can be found spending time with his wife, Becky, skateboarding all the gnarliest spots, rock climbing, fishing, or hiking with his dog, Albie.

Erik Zwack

Head Brewer
TAPS Corona

Erik’s passion for beer came to him after starting college at the University of California Riverside in 2005. Quickly after starting his freshman year, he had the opportunity to start working at the homebrew shop More Beer. He quickly realized the infinite possibilities of recipe combinations that beer making had to offer, and started pursuing a career in brewing. While working at More Beer, he was approached by the owner of Bootleggers Brewing Company in Fullerton and offered a cellerman position, and could not have been more excited to get his feet wet. After a year as a cellerman, Erik moved on to become an Assistant Brewer for TAPS. Working with Kyle Manns and David Huls he realized that pub brewing was his calling, unfortunately the timing was not right. For the next 6 years he worked at many different breweries learning as much as he could to further his career such as; Head Brewer for Packinghouse brewing company in Riverside, Brewer at Left Coast Brewing company in San Clemente, Brewer at Track 7 Brewing in Sacramento, then finally a Brewer at Stone Brewing Company in Escondido before getting recruited to his dream job as Head Brewer for TAPS Fish House and Brewery in Corona.

KC

Kristine “KC” Cunningham

Brewery Barrel Room Manager
TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room

Kristine Cunningham, nicknamed “KC” by her grandfather, grew up in Anaheim. A graduate of Cal State Fullerton with a B.A. in communications-advertising, Cunningham worked in hospitality when in college at House of Blues in Anaheim, starting as a bartender and seguing into training and special events. She assisted in the same capacity—lead bartender and trainer—with the TAPS family at Lillie’s Q in Brea Downtown in 2014-2015.

KC has now returned to the TAPS group after three years at Costa Mesa-based Barley Forge Brewing Co., where she oversaw all front of the house staff. Her responsibilities included training, menus, special events, and customer satisfaction.

Her passion for craft beer began in 2012. Since then, Cunningham has spent the last five years gaining experience and education in the local brewery world, including co-brewing at Ballast Point in collaboration with an International Women’s Day special release batch. KC enjoys sharing her knowledge of beers with guests and is a fan of full bodied stouts and barrel aged versions, to include TAPS iconic Remy’s Pappy.

The Long Beach resident is an avid Ducks and Angels fan, and enjoys writing poetry as a creative outlet.

Tasting Room Team

Chef Roman

Chef Roman Jimenez

Chef de Cuisine

Chef Roman Jimenez was born and raised in Anaheim, where he resides today. Roman’s earliest memories are those of his extended family and the love of cooking they shared. He learned about flavor and finesse from his half French grandmother from Zacatecas.

After working in restaurants when in high school, it was a given that he would attend culinary school. After graduating from the Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, Jimenez moved to Chicago where he spent his formative culinary years with chef Art Smith opening Table Fifty-Two. He also spent a year in the Windy City staging for celebrated chefs Charlie Trotter and Rick Bayless.

Locally, Jimenez has worked at Morton’s The Steakhouse and The Catch. During his three years as executive chef at Macallans Public House, Jimenez invigorated classic pub fare with creativity and freshness that garnered critical acclaim for the small pub in Brea Downtown. His vision for TAPS Brewery’s food truck is to make street food more refined while keeping it fun and accessible.

Jimenez and his teenage son Roman Jr. live in Anaheim in a family compound, where you’ll find them cooking feasts every week. The father-son duo have a massive sneaker collection that include highly coveted Air Jordan 11 and Kanye West collectables.

Tom Hope

Chef Tom Hope

Director of Culinary
TAPS Fish House & Brewery and The Catch

Tom Hope’s hometown is Chicago. He started to cook at the age of five with his mother and grandmother, and spent a good deal of his childhood in the kitchen learning Italian cuisine. At the age of 16, he found a summer job at Lake Shore Country Club, where he started to learn the ropes of the restaurant and banquet business. Passionate about the culinary world, at 18 he enrolled in Kendall College where he earned both an Associates degree in culinary arts and a Bachelors degree in restaurant management. Hope immersed himself into the food world, visiting unique wineries and artisanal food producers. He also spent three months in Europe.

Upon completion of culinary school, Hope had the urge to leave the Windy City for warmer climes. He and his fiancée made their way to Hawaii, where he began a long relationship with renowned chef Roy Yamaguchi, the pioneer of Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine. Tom was executive chef at the Roy’s in Maui for almost four years. He then moved to Denver, Colorado to open and become the chef partner at Roy’s in Cherry Creek. After two years, he then spent the next six months opening four Roy’s restaurants (Rancho Mirage, Austin, Philadelphia and Baltimore). When the decision was made to open a Roy’s in downtown Chicago, Hope was appointed chef partner of what was to become one of the busiest Roy’s restaurants on the mainland.

After five years at Roy’s in Chicago, the opportunity arose to come west and join the Manzella team in a newly created position of culinary director for TAPS Fish House & Brewery and The Catch. With his years with Yamaguchi, who specializes in seafood, the transition to Manzella’s seafood restaurants was seamless. Hope is in charge of of a myriad of kitchen components: purchasing, quality control and HAACP programs, R&D, menu roll-outs and culinary training. He lives in Fullerton with his wife Krista and their two daughters.

TBBR Team

Joe Manzella

Joe Manzella

Proprietor/Founder
TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, The Catch

Joe Manzella is one of Orange County’s most successful independent restaurateurs. With five restaurants—TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Brea, Corona and Irvine, The Catch in Anaheim, and Lillie’s Q in Brea—Manzella commands a empire of 500 employees that is approaching $29 million dollars in annual sales.

Manzella grew up in Palos Verdes, one of five children of Helene and Faro Manzella, the VP of Operations for Northrop Gruman. After graduating from Arizona State, he spent his early career years at Xerox before convincing his father to back him in his growing passion to become a restaurateur. After five years of development and almost insurmountable setbacks, Joe opened TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Brea in 1999. TAPS was embraced by the public from day one and has become one of Orange County’s busiest restaurants.

Manzella opened a second TAPS in south Corona in 2007. He became owner of The Catch in Anaheim in 2002, which opened following a major remodel. He operated it successfully for six years until the landlord terminated the lease as part of redevelopment plans for the area. Manzella then developed a new Catch at a superior location, on E. Katella Ave. in Anaheim. In 2014 he partnered with well-known chef-restaurateur Charlie McKenna of Chicago and brought Lillie’s Q to Brea.

More than anyone in OC, Manzella’s prescience in the mid-nineties that locally-crafted artisan beers would become big was right on target. TAPS fine ales and lagers–brewed in the finely-balanced European tradition and complemented by small production progressive craft beers–have garnered close to 100 medals at international, national, state and regional levels and are in demand in LA, San Diego and OC gastro-pubs. TAPS has been honored three times (2010, 2011 and 2015) as the Mid-Size Brewpub and Brewers of the Year at the largest national beer competition—the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) held annually in Denver, Colorado.

Joe Manzella was named Restaurateur of the Year for 2011 by the prestigious Orange County Business Journal. In their tribute, the Journal cited “(Manzella’s) ability to sense the public’s need for restaurants that marry superb, value-driven food in interesting settings, with constant good and friendly service woven throughout.”

Manzella’s philanthropy has benefited the local communities where he operates. He also supports his alma mater, Arizona State, through annual fundraising and appreciation events for their athletic department. Joe and his wife, Michelle, live in Yorba Linda with their three small children.

Chris Snyder

Chris Snyder

President
TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, The Catch

Chris Snyder was born in Berkeley, California. As a child his family relocated to Santa Rosa then to Mount Shasta, where he spent his formative years in a small town environment. After graduating from high school, Snyder moved to Oakland and at the age of 21 came to Southern California.

Snyder began his career in the hospitality industry as a teen starting at the back of the house, then gravitated to guest services, first by bartending while attending college. He worked for fine dining players in Orange County such as Mr. Stox and the Catch in Anaheim. Snyder joined TAPS Fish House & Brewery as beverage manager when it opened in 1999. Within three years, he became general manager of the flagship location in Brea. From there he went on to oversee the openings of The Catch (2002); TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Corona (2007).

Chris Snyder was appointed president of the organization by founder Joe Manzella in 2010 overseeing every aspect of the business including operations, marketing, human resources, finance, development and expansion. Manzella, Snyder and director team have gone on to open; The Catch (Relocation, 2010); Lillie’s Q, Brea (2015); TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Irvine (2015); TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room (May, 2018). The team has also provided consulting and management services to outside operations.

Chris, his wife Rebecca, and their two children live in Corona.

Brady Sherard

Brady Sherard

Operations Director
TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, The Catch

Brady Sherard began his career in hospitality while a student at Baylor University in Texas. Needing extra cash in his junior year, he accepted a job at the local Applebee’s where he bussed, worked the front desk, expedited in the kitchen and served guests. He was hooked. After graduating with a B.S. in Health and Fitness Studies, Sherard returned to Orange County. A lifelong resident of Fullerton, he began working with the well-respected Smith Bros. Restaurants (Parkway Grill, Arroyo Chophouse) at its casual concept in Brea, Crocodile Café, where he graduated to management.

Two years later Sherard accepted a position as private dining manager and training coordinator with the fine dining establishment, Scott’s Restaurant & Bar, located across from South Coast Plaza. A unique operation that combined high quality with high volume that specialized in seafood, it was the perfect foundation for Sherard’s introduction in 2001 to then-fledgling restaurateur, Joe Manzella. TAPS Fish House & Brewery had opened in Brea two years earlier where it was an unqualified success from day one. As AGM (assistant general manager) Sherard developed extensive training systems for front of the house employees on service procedures, food and wine education. Three years later he was promoted to general manager at Manzella’s second restaurant, The Catch in Anaheim. By 2007 he returned to the high-volume, flagship TAPS as GM. Under his guidance, the 15,000 square foot restaurant with brewery was approaching ten million dollars in annual sales. Sherard focused his expertise on monthly P&L analysis, maximizing bottom line cash flow for the privately owned company.

Brady Sherard was promoted to operations director for the Manzella Restaurant Group in 2010. He is active in the Brea Chamber of Commerce, the Boys & Girls Club and the Wilshire Avenue Community Church Food Bank. Sherard, his wife Erin and two children reside in Placentia.