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Who Are We?

Christopher Tkach, Founder and Head Brewer, found a good use of his idle hands as soon as he turned 21.  Born and raised in the land of “Live Free or Die” (aka New H2012 Hyperlocalfest - Chris & Grace smallampshire), he received his first beer-making kit as a present from his uncle.  From that day forward, he became not only a fan of beer, but a student of the craft of beer making.  For over 15 years, Chris’ love and appreciation of beer inspired him to earn credentials as a Certified Beer Judge through the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP).  Throughout his career, he has been active in local homebrew organizations including the Boston Wort Processors and has earned numerous awards at regional and national homebrew competitions.

<==Photo: 2012:  Hyperlocal Festival at the Armory in Somervile, MA

Grace Tkach is not only Chris’ wife but Idle Hands’ Chief Right Hand.  While Chris manages all beer-related functions of the brewery, Grace takes care of all right-brained activities including marketing and people-related fun.  Grace has always been a fan of beer but it wasn’t until after their first date when unbeknown to her, she ordered a ‘good beer’ and her fate as a future brewer’s wife was sealed.  In her “spare” time, Grace enjoys working off the beer she drinks as a member of the Boston Triathlon Team.

Ben Howe, Head Brewer (bio coming)

Ben HoweBrett Bauer, Assistant Brewer (bio coming)

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Tasting Room Manager, Josiah Coffey (photo coming), has had many uses for his idle hands over the years but only in the past two has beer and brewing become a major part. Josiah has a background in event promotions and marketing and represented everything from a ski resort to an granola bar. He loves to travel and spent several years of his well-spent youth abroad, tasting new and interesting brews that helped shape his love for beer. After coming back to the states and re-settling back in Boston he decided to take his passion to the next level. Perhaps it was the monotonous routine of staring at a computer or the wily call of the craft beer scene (or maybe both) but either way he is loving life as Idle Hands tasting room manager and passionate craft beer enthusiast.