Mike Kraai, Founder & CEO
Mike has an insane passion for craft beer and enjoys brewing it, drinking it, and just being around it. So in 2013 Mike decided to open a brewery. Everyone thought he was crazy to leave his good paying job as a CPA, especially his grandma! Regardless, Mike fearlessly converted the old Pine Island firehouse into what now serves as the Pine Island brewery and tasting room.
Today, Mike brews on a 3 barrel pilot system experimenting with recipes and getting weird with beer styles. He also manages all operations of the brewery and focuses on growing the brand. In his lack of free time Mike enjoys being a dad, a slightly above average golfer, and a terrible horseshoe player.
Alex Wolf, Brand Manager
Alex is the man out and about in the field, preaching the joys of Pine Island beer. His lifelong love of craft beer has led him to this point and is ready to get out there and shake hands, share some beer, and be your go-to guy for all of your Pine Island needs.
His likes include: black metal, hoppy pale ales, cherry pie, and tattoos.
His dislikes include: eggs, humidity, and fennel.
Suzanne Kraai, Entertainment Manager
In addition to serving as Mike’s ever-reliable designated taste tester of course, Suzanne is more significantly noted as the warm, bubbly, and positive assistant and avid supporter. She also books all live music for the tasting room.
Mike and Susan are proud to annouce the birth of their first boy Charlie Michael Kraai born in March 4, 2016. Susan loves being a mom and also supporting the brewery wherever she can.
Mike-O, Social Media & Marketing
Shoot us a tweet, facebook message, or Instagram post, and you’ll get to know Mike-O first hand. He’s been a best friend to Owner Mike for a long time, and now is a best friend of Pine Island. We encourage you to submit feedback on Mike-O’s purple bow-tie and suspender ensemble pictured here. Questionable? Yes.