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Cheers,

The Half Pint Team

 

31111 Via Colinas, Suite 202
Westlake Village
United States

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OUR TEAM

We are a dedicated team of cider evangelists, experts of our craft!

MARK MCTAVISH PRESIDENT mark@halfpintciders.com THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK IS: SOUR. FUNKY. DISTINCTIVE. A devoted a cider fan, lover of artistic beverages, and a true health nut. As a native of Toronto, Mark was raised in the apple country of Southwest Ontario, Canada. Destined to become a cider evangelist, Mark began his career in the craft beverage industry at the age of 19. Soon after completing his business degree at Canada's top beverage management school, Mark established his place in the industry by opening one of the first craft beer bars in Canada back in 2003. After helping to pioneer the craft beer industry in Canada, Mark began to give up the suds in favor of cider!  Known as a pioneer of the craft cider culture in Southern California, Mark has worked tirelessly to educate consumers and grow awareness for the industry of craft cider both here and beyond our great state.

MARK MCTAVISH

PRESIDENT

mark@halfpintciders.com

THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK IS: SOUR. FUNKY. DISTINCTIVE.

A devoted a cider fan, lover of artistic beverages, and a true health nut.

As a native of Toronto, Mark was raised in the apple country of Southwest Ontario, Canada. Destined to become a cider evangelist, Mark began his career in the craft beverage industry at the age of 19. Soon after completing his business degree at Canada's top beverage management school, Mark established his place in the industry by opening one of the first craft beer bars in Canada back in 2003. After helping to pioneer the craft beer industry in Canada, Mark began to give up the suds in favor of cider! 

Known as a pioneer of the craft cider culture in Southern California, Mark has worked tirelessly to educate consumers and grow awareness for the industry of craft cider both here and beyond our great state.

CIERA LICATA DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS ciera@halfpintciders.com THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: DRY. CRISP. WOODY. Every team needs a quarterback, within our cider huddle we look to Ciera to call the plays on a daily basis. She is a workhorse when it comes to operations, and will stop at nothing to achieve our objectives. When you order cider from us, it is Ciera who whips the horse that pulls our cider car in your direction. Of course she doesn't actually whip any horses, Ciera's calm command gets them moving just fine.  There are few who are as passionate about cider, and Ciera grew up in the beverage industry as her parents are bar operators here in Los Angeles. She is on a never ending mission to please our customers, whilst spreading the cider message across the land.

CIERA LICATA

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

ciera@halfpintciders.com

THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: DRY. CRISP. WOODY.

Every team needs a quarterback, within our cider huddle we look to Ciera to call the plays on a daily basis. She is a workhorse when it comes to operations, and will stop at nothing to achieve our objectives. When you order cider from us, it is Ciera who whips the horse that pulls our cider car in your direction. Of course she doesn't actually whip any horses, Ciera's calm command gets them moving just fine. 

There are few who are as passionate about cider, and Ciera grew up in the beverage industry as her parents are bar operators here in Los Angeles. She is on a never ending mission to please our customers, whilst spreading the cider message across the land.

JENNIFER GARCIA ACCOUNT MANAGER, LA EAST jenn@halfpintciders.com THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: SOUR. FRUITY. BUBBLY. She's an LA Girl. She likes it sour. She doesn't take no for an answer, not at first anyway. She is....."That Cider Chick"!  Jenn brings the latin flair to our LA team, connecting the dots on the cider map in the east end of the "City Of Angels". She serves the people of Pasadena, the hipsters in Highland Park, the empty nesters in Eagle Rock, and the many craft beverage fans of the Inland Empire.  Looking for love in LA can be a lonely and disheartening endeavor, looking for great craft cider in East LA used to feel the same way. Thanks to Jenn, that is no longer the case. 

JENNIFER GARCIA

ACCOUNT MANAGER, LA EAST

jenn@halfpintciders.com

THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: SOUR. FRUITY. BUBBLY.

She's an LA Girl. She likes it sour. She doesn't take no for an answer, not at first anyway. She is....."That Cider Chick"! 

Jenn brings the latin flair to our LA team, connecting the dots on the cider map in the east end of the "City Of Angels". She serves the people of Pasadena, the hipsters in Highland Park, the empty nesters in Eagle Rock, and the many craft beverage fans of the Inland Empire. 

Looking for love in LA can be a lonely and disheartening endeavor, looking for great craft cider in East LA used to feel the same way. Thanks to Jenn, that is no longer the case. 

PETER CLAUSEN ACCOUNT MANAGER, LA NORTH CCP Cider Pro peter@halfpintciders.com THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: DRY. FRUITY. TANNIC. "Pistol Pete" is the second half of our dynamic LA duo, the good ol' boys from Asheville, North Carolina. That's right, both Peter and Nate come from cider country in the east and both moved west in search of cider served in the sunshine. We were lucky to find them, the cider gods have been good to us. As an avid brewer and cider maker, Pete brings a unique skill set to our team. He covers the north of our great city, from Malibu to the far reaches of the Inland Empire. A true cider aficionado who can coach you through our diverse portfolio, Peter respects the craft for all that it is and all that it should be. 

PETER CLAUSEN

ACCOUNT MANAGER, LA NORTH

CCP Cider Pro

peter@halfpintciders.com

THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: DRY. FRUITY. TANNIC.

"Pistol Pete" is the second half of our dynamic LA duo, the good ol' boys from Asheville, North Carolina. That's right, both Peter and Nate come from cider country in the east and both moved west in search of cider served in the sunshine. We were lucky to find them, the cider gods have been good to us.

As an avid brewer and cider maker, Pete brings a unique skill set to our team. He covers the north of our great city, from Malibu to the far reaches of the Inland Empire. A true cider aficionado who can coach you through our diverse portfolio, Peter respects the craft for all that it is and all that it should be. 

SHANNON HAYNER ACCOUNT MANAGER, LA WEST shannon@halfpintciders.com THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: DRY. EARTHY. TANNIC. Shannon is a product of the famed Hudson River Valley in New York, one of of America's greatest cider producing regions. Growing up in an apple driven culture certainly helped to plant the seeds in her mind, she moved across the country and is now a cider expert who is working to grow the industry in sunny California.  From apple orchards to sandy beaches, Albany to Abbot Kinney, small town to Dogtown......Shannon is a small town girl who is spreading the cider love in Venice Beach and beyond. She has a true passion for the craft and always enjoys  sharing the story behind our brands. Ask her about the origin of the fruit, the steps in the manufacturing process, the food pairings and cocktail recipes, etc...    

SHANNON HAYNER

ACCOUNT MANAGER, LA WEST

shannon@halfpintciders.com

THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: DRY. EARTHY. TANNIC.

Shannon is a product of the famed Hudson River Valley in New York, one of of America's greatest cider producing regions. Growing up in an apple driven culture certainly helped to plant the seeds in her mind, she moved across the country and is now a cider expert who is working to grow the industry in sunny California. 

From apple orchards to sandy beaches, Albany to Abbot Kinney, small town to Dogtown......Shannon is a small town girl who is spreading the cider love in Venice Beach and beyond. She has a true passion for the craft and always enjoys  sharing the story behind our brands. Ask her about the origin of the fruit, the steps in the manufacturing process, the food pairings and cocktail recipes, etc...

 

 

KENDRA VEJMELKA ACCOUNT MANAGER, SAN DIEGO EAST kendra@halfpintciders.com THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: FRUITY. COMPLEX. CRUSHABLE. In the far southwest of the state, just minutes from the Mexican border.....there resides a true cider evangelist. Meet Kendra, a spirited young woman who is spreading the cider love across the inland communities of San Diego County. You can find her traveling along the Highway 15 corridor, from Imperial Beach in the south to the Temecula Valley in the north. Lookout downtown San Diego...Chula Vista...El Cajon...Poway...Escondido... there is great craft cider in your neighborhood and more coming! Kendra spends much of her time sharing with cider fans, she loves to talk about our products and the craftsmen behind each of them.  If you are interested in scheduling a tasting with Kendra, just send her an email!      

KENDRA VEJMELKA

ACCOUNT MANAGER, SAN DIEGO EAST

kendra@halfpintciders.com

THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: FRUITY. COMPLEX. CRUSHABLE.

In the far southwest of the state, just minutes from the Mexican border.....there resides a true cider evangelist. Meet Kendra, a spirited young woman who is spreading the cider love across the inland communities of San Diego County. You can find her traveling along the Highway 15 corridor, from Imperial Beach in the south to the Temecula Valley in the north.

Lookout downtown San Diego...Chula Vista...El Cajon...Poway...Escondido... there is great craft cider in your neighborhood and more coming! Kendra spends much of her time sharing with cider fans, she loves to talk about our products and the craftsmen behind each of them.  If you are interested in scheduling a tasting with Kendra, just send her an email!

 

 

 

BRADLEY YARGER ACCOUNT MANAGER, SF BAY AREA NORTH CCP Cider Pro, California Cider Association Board Member brad@halfpintciders.com THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: BALANCED. COMPLEX. TANNIC. One of the original "Healthy Spirits" in San Francisco proper, Brad is our passionate cider expert covering the North Bay and the northern half of downtown SF. He follows the 101 corridor as it passes through the land of the Golden Gate, providing premium craft ciders to the many purveyors in this world renowned beverage mecca.  Brad grew up in the Bay Area, he has a deep connection with the land and the wonderful folks who tend to it. He is a brewer, a cider maker, and another bearded defender of the craft! His passion is fierce, and his palate precise. Well connected in the region, you can count on Brad to navigate you through the labyrinth that is the Bay Area cider scene.....arguably the #1 cider region in America!  

BRADLEY YARGER

ACCOUNT MANAGER, SF BAY AREA NORTH

CCP Cider Pro, California Cider Association Board Member

brad@halfpintciders.com

THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: BALANCED. COMPLEX. TANNIC.

One of the original "Healthy Spirits" in San Francisco proper, Brad is our passionate cider expert covering the North Bay and the northern half of downtown SF. He follows the 101 corridor as it passes through the land of the Golden Gate, providing premium craft ciders to the many purveyors in this world renowned beverage mecca. 

Brad grew up in the Bay Area, he has a deep connection with the land and the wonderful folks who tend to it. He is a brewer, a cider maker, and another bearded defender of the craft! His passion is fierce, and his palate precise. Well connected in the region, you can count on Brad to navigate you through the labyrinth that is the Bay Area cider scene.....arguably the #1 cider region in America!

 

ETHAN STONE ACCOUNT MANAGER, CENTRAL COAST ethan@halfpintciders.com THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: DRY. EARTHY. TANNIC. One of the few great ones, a California native, Ethan is our cider expert covering the vast stretches of the Central Coast from Malibu to San Luis Obispo and beyond. This is the heart of California cider country, and Ethan has seen it all. We depend on his relentless efforts to spread the word for craft cider up and down the 101 corridor, the unofficial cider route of the western US.  Ethan is a talented home brewer and craft beer enthusiast, and a young cider expert who is always happy to coach others as they explore the growing craft cider category. Look out for him as he cruises the 101 from one great cider destination to the next, if you are on the cider path you will likely find this smiling defender of the craft!    

ETHAN STONE

ACCOUNT MANAGER, CENTRAL COAST

ethan@halfpintciders.com

THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: DRY. EARTHY. TANNIC.

One of the few great ones, a California native, Ethan is our cider expert covering the vast stretches of the Central Coast from Malibu to San Luis Obispo and beyond. This is the heart of California cider country, and Ethan has seen it all. We depend on his relentless efforts to spread the word for craft cider up and down the 101 corridor, the unofficial cider route of the western US. 

Ethan is a talented home brewer and craft beer enthusiast, and a young cider expert who is always happy to coach others as they explore the growing craft cider category. Look out for him as he cruises the 101 from one great cider destination to the next, if you are on the cider path you will likely find this smiling defender of the craft!

 

 

CHAPIN SIMPSON ACCOUNT MANAGER, SAN DIEGO WEST Certified in Cider & Perry Production (Cider and Perry Academy UK), Cider Institute of North America, United States Association of Cider Makers Member chapin@halfpintciders.com THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: FARMHOUSE. HOPPED. FRUIT FORWARD. Everyone needs a gypsy spirit on their team, and that’s our girl Chapin! Originally from the East Coast, she made her way out West over 15 years ago and never looked back. Lucky for us, she recently set up shop in North Park, one of the coolest neighborhoods in beautiful San Diego and home to the exploding craft beer and cider market and farm to table food scene. Perfect for our cider connoisseur.  Chapin has visited cider houses and apple orchards all over the country to learn and share in the experience, meet the farmers, and taste with the cidermakers. You could say she’s pretty passionate about cider. We wouldn’t argue with that. So keep your eyes out for her, she’s a good one to connect with and she’ll guide you through our exceptional cider portfolio with style and grace.  

CHAPIN SIMPSON

ACCOUNT MANAGER, SAN DIEGO WEST

Certified in Cider & Perry Production (Cider and Perry Academy UK), Cider Institute of North America, United States Association of Cider Makers Member

chapin@halfpintciders.com

THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: FARMHOUSE. HOPPED. FRUIT FORWARD.

Everyone needs a gypsy spirit on their team, and that’s our girl Chapin! Originally from the East Coast, she made her way out West over 15 years ago and never looked back. Lucky for us, she recently set up shop in North Park, one of the coolest neighborhoods in beautiful San Diego and home to the exploding craft beer and cider market and farm to table food scene. Perfect for our cider connoisseur. 

Chapin has visited cider houses and apple orchards all over the country to learn and share in the experience, meet the farmers, and taste with the cidermakers. You could say she’s pretty passionate about cider. We wouldn’t argue with that. So keep your eyes out for her, she’s a good one to connect with and she’ll guide you through our exceptional cider portfolio with style and grace.  

KARA FUNCIK ACCOUNT MANAGER, SF BAY AREA SOUTH Cicerone Certified kara@halfpintciders.com THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: SOUR. BARREL AGED. DRY. Look up the definition of "brightly shining cider star" and you will see the image above......this is Kara! She resides in The Mission of San Francisco, one of America's hippest neighborhoods and the home of a cider renaissance. She has her work cut out for her as she also serves the historically cool community of Berkeley and Oakland, a world class destination for craft beverage fans.  Kara has years of experience in the craft beer scene, and made the jump to the dark side last year. The cider industry got a whole lot better when she showed up, if you are in the Bay Area get in touch with Kara to see what all the hype is about!    

KARA FUNCIK

ACCOUNT MANAGER, SF BAY AREA SOUTH

Cicerone Certified

kara@halfpintciders.com

THE CIDER I LIKE TO DRINK: SOUR. BARREL AGED. DRY.

Look up the definition of "brightly shining cider star" and you will see the image above......this is Kara! She resides in The Mission of San Francisco, one of America's hippest neighborhoods and the home of a cider renaissance. She has her work cut out for her as she also serves the historically cool community of Berkeley and Oakland, a world class destination for craft beverage fans. 

Kara has years of experience in the craft beer scene, and made the jump to the dark side last year. The cider industry got a whole lot better when she showed up, if you are in the Bay Area get in touch with Kara to see what all the hype is about!