Meet the crew

 

Mike Kraai, Founder & CEO

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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

1517440_10101440383137533_1000937217102010301_nIn 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.

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

10957687_10100179526200004_2083768994416858478_nShoot 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.

 

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