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 slightly above average golfer, and a terrible horseshoe player.
Cody Lynch, Beer Sherpa
Cody is no stranger to craft beer. Before joining the Pine Island team Cody was a bar manager at local craft beer bar. His passion for craft beer is undeniable and he’s a great guy to share a pint with. Cody is now thrilled to be leading the charge in bringing Pine Island Beer to every corner of the Hudson Valley. You’ll find Cody slinging beer around town or enjoying a brew at the tasting room.
Susan Kraai, Wife, Owner
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 whereve she can.
Mike-O, Marketing, Events
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.