After 13 years working as the head brewer at Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery, Brad Clark is stepping down.

Currently the director of brewing operations, Clark will be leaving his role at the Athens, Ohio-based brewery to “develop his own brewery/brand in California” with his fiancé, Adair Paterno.

Clark started as brewmaster at Jackie O’s in 2005 after attending Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology in Chicago and even brewed the brewery’s first batch of Firefly beer. He was also instrumental in the purchase of O’Hooley’s Pub and Brewery in 2005, which became the Jackie O’s first brewing facility.

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On February 22, 2019, our Director of Brewing Operations, Brad Clark, will be stepping away from his current position and moving to California to pursue a new path with his fiancée, Adair Paterno. Brad will always be a part of the Jackie O's family, and we want to thank him for 13 incredible years! From a basement brewpub to an internationally recognized brewery, he has been instrumental in the growth and innovation of Jackie O's. . Leaving a capable team of long-time brewers and friends here at the helm, Brad will continue to assist with our barrel aging & blending program, as he transitions from Ohio to California. We look forward to our continued future relationship! . For more words from Brad & our owner, Art, visit our blog post (link in bio).

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“I am leaving a company and brand that I have poured my heart and soul into,” said Clark, in a post on Jackie O’s website. “I am also leaving an incredible team that I adore working with and am constantly impressed with and inspired by. What I hope not to leave behind are the friendships and relationships that we all have built together. This was an incredible opportunity and journey for me both professionally and personally, and while leaving Jackie O’s saddens me, I am also excited about the next chapter for all of us.”

According to Jackie O’s, Clark’s last day as director of brewing operations will be Feb. 22, but he will continue “to assist with brand development and blending” during the transition.