In this time of exploding craft brewing around the country you really need to step up your game to stand out in the crowd. No shortcuts. No easy way outs. When we brew, we brew with the best ingredients, the best equipment, and complete devotion to making the best beer we possibly can. This passion, however, did not arise over night. It fermented for years into what is now known as Full Tilt Brewing.
In 2008 Full Tilt Brewing owners and cousins Nick Fertig and Dan Baumiller were a world apart but connected by their passion for good beer. It was that year that each independently started looking into home brewing. Nick, while serving in the U.S. Navy and, Dan, working in acquisitions for the Department of Defense began researching the possibilities of entrepreneurship through brewing beer. Nick got out of the Navy in August of 2008 and he and Dan began discussing beer brewing immediately as both a hobby and entrepreneurial dream. They purchased a homebrew kit shortly thereafter and have since transitioned a joyful hobby into a sharable passion.
By combining traditional and modern ingredients to develop uniquely crafted beers, Full Tilt Brewing has built a grass roots following in the Baltimore City region. Utilizing this network of family and friends for feedback, Full Tilt Brewing has tested each of its designs in order to provide the highest level of quality and taste. Learning from each success and mistake, Full Tilt Brewing has grown in craftsmanship and demand. Full Tilt Brewing's event history includes several homebrew tasting events with over 40 original brewed beers sampled by scores of people and their annual Oktoberfest event, which in its third year (2011) attracted 110 people to taste 8 original brews. In addition Full Tilt Brewing was awarded first prize in a Leinenkugel home brew contest in September 2011 thus providing outside affirmation of the company’s brewing capabilities.
Beyond these events, Full Tilt Brewing has built a network of industry contacts and relevant resources including several local Baltimore City bars that have expressed interest in purchasing Full Tilt Brewing products once commercially available as well as a partnership with the University Of Maryland Smith School Of Business to shape the company business plan. These contacts have allowed Full Tilt Brewing to establish credibility in a short amount of time and position the company for the next step toward a fully operational business.
Recently, Full Tilt Brewing has being in preliminary talks with Peabody Heights Brewery out of Baltimore, MD to contract brew their beer. The relationship, while still young, is very promising and very exciting. Stay tuned for developments as we move further into talks with Peabody Heights and distributors in the area. There's no stopping Full Tilt Brewing now!
Nick Fertig: Co-Owner
Nick was born in Las Vegas, NV and grew up in Bel Air, MD. After graduating from Bel Air High School in 2002, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for six years as an Engineering Laboratory Technician aboard the USS Jacksonville (SSN 699). His desire to taste and eventually brew craft grew from trying and enjoying countless craft beers up and down the east coast. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2008 and continued his plant operating career for Constellation Energy as a Plant Technician at Brandon Shores Power Plant while residing in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. Using his passion for craft beer and the operating skills he learned in the Navy and continues to refine as a Plant Operator, Nick will never settle for an average brew. He truly believes: if it's not the best, it's not Full Tilt.
Dan Baumiller: Co-Owner
Dan was born in Baltimore, MD and grew up in Hampstead, MD. After graduating from North Carroll High School in 2002, Dan went on to study business at Towson University. Along with studying business and finance at Towson, Dan also developed a strong passion for craft beer. After graduating from Towson in 2006, he accepted a position in acquisitions for the Department of Defense. Dan has continued his search for quality American craft brews, traveling from coast to coast sampling ales to develop a palate refined enough to develop beers that truly are “full tilt”. While Dan enjoys his current career in Government acquisitions, he finds nothing more rewarding than entrepreneurship in the craft brewing business and the opportunities that owning and operating Full Tilt Brewing present.