Our Team

Alton C. Shields

Alton C. Shields

President + General Manager
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO HAVE A CAREER IN THE CRAFT BEER INDUSTRY?

– I am a craft beer lover & I am passionate about the industry! I could drink my favorite craft brews everyday for sustenance. Working in a brewery is a true dream come true!

BEST CRAFT BEER MEMORY?

– Experiencing the ABC taproom and our awesome craft beers where they were “birthed” is nothing short of pure delight.  I have been coming into the taproom ever since I drank my first ABC beer 8 years ago.

TELL US SOMETHING FUN/INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF

– I was a professional musician/singer for 4 four years back in the day. We opened a concert for the Isley Brothers and we even performed with Mavis Staples & the Staples Singers. Our former lead singer, Crystal Talefero, performs with Billy Joel and has been his musical director for over 20 years.

Hannah Williford

Hannah Williford

Director of Accounting and HR
If you could switch jobs with anyone at Atlanta Brewing who would it be and why?

I’d switch with someone in sales! They get to meet all kinds of people at beer events and if I had to sell something, beer would be it!

What’s the craziest thing you have ever done?

I’ve done a 12 hour Ultra run (twice!) It pushes my physical and mental limits, and I love that! I try to do the same race annually.

Name your weirdest talent.

I can name my entire kindergarten class alphabetically by first name

Christiane Arguello

Christiane Arguello

Director of Marketing & Special Events
WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE VACATION SPOT?

I never turn down a last-minute flight anywhere NEW! if you haven’t checked out Colombia – go book a flight ASAP 

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU AREN’T AT THE BREWERY?

A perfect day off would start at a local coffee shop, go for a hike with my Golden (Yoda) & my Yorkie (Bella), take some dope pictures, and end the day by checking out a new brewery or a good cocktail bar.

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING/FUNNY ABOUT YOURSELF

I went to Oktoberfest in Munich and on the way back got lost for 2 hours… made it back alive though! Unless I’m writing this from the beyond….

Spencer Wills

Spencer Wills

Head Brewer
What inspired you to be in the craft beer industry?

I actually started bartending at a brewery when I was still in grad school and fell in love with the production side of things the more I bartended and learned about beer. It’s the perfect mix of science and art, something I can truly pour my soul into.

What's your favorite style of beers?

My favorite style has to be German Pilsner. I love crisp, clean, and bitter beer. Hence why my favorite ABC beer has to be Homestand!

Craziest thing you've ever done

The craziest thing I have ever done was go on tour while I was in a punk band in college with basically no money for about 2 and a half weeks.

Kelsey Locke

Kelsey Locke

Assistant Brewer
CRAZIEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE

Over the summer I went on a road trip out West, and brought two kittens along the way! We went to Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. I even got the kittens to hike with me on a trail at the Grand Canyon!

HOW WERE YOU INTRODUCED TO THE WORLD OF CRAFT BEER?

One of my friends was working at Creature Comforts while I lived in Athens. He really got me into the craft beer scene, and I figured a Chemistry degree would be a good tool for this industry!

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU

I’m big into rock climbing! I recently got into it a couple months ago and have been hooked ever since. If I’m not in the brew house I’ll be in the climbing gym (but don’t mix the two).

Josh Lyons

Josh Lyons

Lead Cellarman
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO DRINK A BEER?
HOW WERE YOU INTRODUCED TO THE WORLD OF CRAFT BEER?
MANS BEST FRIEND - DOG OR CAT?
Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith

Production Assistant
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO DRINK A BEER?

Pour Taproom in downtown Wilmington, NC

HOW WERE YOU INTRODUCED TO THE WORLD OF CRAFT BEER?

I bartended at a craft beer taproom one summer and I have been hooked ever since.

MANS BEST FRIEND - DOG OR CAT?

DOG!

IF ONLY ONE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE... HAM, CANADIAN BACON, OR THICK CUT APPLEWOOD SMOKED BACON?

Gotta go with that Applewood Smoked because I don’t trust those Canadians LOL

Sam Grippando

Sam Grippando

Production Technician
CRAZIEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE

I almost got caught pouring soap in all the fountains at KSU🤭

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE IN THE CRAFT BEER INDSUTRY?

Been to over 1000 breweries and I just love the culture and the friendliness.

FAVORITE STYLE OF BEER?

I love a good session IPA, but right now my favorite beer to drink is our Hartsfield IPA!

Alex Bacon

Alex Bacon

Field Sales Representative
FUN FACT ABOUT YOU?

I am about 98% colorblind and can see very specific shades of red blue and green!

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU AREN'T AT THE BREWERY?

I’m a musician by heart but you’ll find me tubing in Helen and shooting the hooch as much as possible!

HOW WERE YOU INTRODUCED TO THE WORLD OF CRAFT BEER?

Working at a package store. It introduced me to the massive world of craft and I just fell deeper down the rabbit hole of beer.

Babz Stout

Babz Stout

Field Sales Representative
FUN FACT ABOUT YOU?

I am a third generation psychic medium! I collect crystals & I read tarot cards.

CRAZIEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE
I got to swim with sea turtles and see the coral reef in Antigua!
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE IN THE CRAFT BEER INDUSTRY?

I wanted to contribute to the ever growing diversity in the craft beer industry. I believe everyone can enjoy an ice cold beer let alone brew it if it’s something they are passionate about!

Anna Bacon

Anna Bacon

Taproom Manager
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE IN THE CRAFT BEER INDUSTRY?

Moving to Atlanta and seeing all of the craft breweries here, I started trying and finding things I liked. I got deeper into the industry when we had a growler store and it exposed me to even more great beers and I was hooked!

FUN FACT ABOUT YOU?

I was a figure skater before high school and won a few gold medals!

FAVORITE STYLE OF BEERS?

Stouts and porters. Yes, even when it’s hot out.

Brandon Butler

Brandon Butler

Taproom Guru
IF YOU WERE COMPETING IN MR. UNIVERSE, WHAT ROUND OF THE CONTEST WOULD YOU EXCEL IN?
Bikini Contest for sure. Hit em with the calf raises.
OUTSIDE OF WORKING AT ABC, DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER PROJECTS?

I try to keep many “embers in the fire” so something can catch the blaze. Graduate School and homesteading take up most of my time.

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL NIGHT OFF LIKE?

Bonfire with some lovely people who can join in on the drum circle and howling at the moon.

Maddie Smith

Maddie Smith

Taproom Guru
FAVORITE ABC BEER

Baked Goods Blueberry Lemon Cobbler, it’s very refreshing and unlike any other beer I’ve ever had!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK

I am a graphic designer by day, with a specialty in illustration! I love all things art, yoga & hiking.

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU

I’m originally from Kentucky & I was raised on a cattle farm. Fun fact, I met Larry David at the Kentucky Derby!