Michael Marquess

M. Marquess

Name: Michael Marquess

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Age: 40

Title: Chief Beer Officer

Married/Single: Married, Alissa (we have had each other’s back for 15 years, I couldn’t do it without her)

Kids: Azalea 4, Leland 7, and James 9

City you live in: Flagstaff

A typical day in my life includes…

whatever my benevolent overlord and great master, the Google calendar tells me to do – basically juggle my two loves; family and the brewery.

I was born…

into a family of entrepreneurs and had no choice but to create a family business, but instead of engineering, property speculation, or accounting, I decided to do something fun – brew craft beer.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

is its diversity in places. You can be up here in the mountains with snow and drive two hours south and be poolside with a beer. Desert, rivers, mountains, lakes, we kinda have it all in Arizona.

I’m listening to…

Pandora and an obscure station the brew team put on.   I’d tell you what it is, but I don’t have my skinny jeans on today.

My family…

supports me and makes this brewery possible. If Alissa (our co-founder) did not help me guide the brewery from behind the scenes and contribute more than her fair share to the house and kids, Mother Road would not exist.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

Alissa, my wife. Private dinners that don’t include kids, brewery staff, or a targeted account are a rarity anymore.

One thing I cannot live without…

coffee and lots of it. Dirty little secret – brewers are morning people and we run on serious coffee.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a restaurant owner. A brewery is close, I mean we do serve pretzels in our Our Tap Room.

I’m inspired by…

all of the other people (stupid, crazy, dreamy, and adventurous) that start a brewery or any small business.

The one person who motivates me is…

Tom. Look for him occasionally in the Tap Room. He has done many things well in his life and if I remember to shut up and listen, I might glean a bit of his wisdom.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

religion. Wait, we don’t talk religion and politics do we? Polite society and all. Nevermind.

The perfect day would be…

a Sunday drive with the family to an old Route 66 place to have lunch and few beers.

My first job was…

frying lots and lots of chicken at Kentucky Fried Chicken.

My favorite escape…

is to secretly enjoy whiskeys in a dark bar where nobody knows me.

My life…

rocks. I wake up every day happy with the people I live and work with.

I’m currently working on…

our cold brew nitrogenated draft coffee project. Mother Road is a beverage company and although I thought whiskey would be our next endeavor, it turned out to be coffee.

Always…

find joy in your adventure.

Never…

keep doing anything that makes you growl.

Favorite Quote…

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

Biggest Dream…

to grow our small craft brewery distribution of our beer from Chicago to L.A. through the eight Route 66 states.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

the Prius drivers who stop in the ‘go’ lane when dropping the kids off at school (you know who you are).



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