Founder & Cider Master
My fermentation career began in high school organic chemistry class when we made ten gallons of local red wine (drinking age was 18 then). This experience inspired me to continue to experiment and learn about winemaking.
After a stint as a cellar rat I attended U.C. Davis to earn a Bachelor of Science in Fermentation Science. For the next ten years I made wine at two local East Coast wineries, then earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland, becoming a U.S. Patent Examiner reviewing alcoholic beverage patent applications. It was during this time that the old Monkton Mill restoration was begun.
In 2010, as the restoration approached completion, I realized that reviving the rural tradition of hard cider was the perfect fit for the revitalized mill. We began fermenting in the 2011 harvest season and the cider has been bubbling along ever since!
Ian comes from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, but has been residing in the Baltimore area for 3 years now. Previously working as the farm manager of a 5-acre organic farm, he brings his knowledge of herbs, fruits, and edible plants to MillStone. When not talking about cider or fruit, Ian enjoys living along side nature through gardening, foraging, home-brewing and cooking with his bounty.
Brody is local to Northern Baltimore county, and for the last six years has been traveling the country studying ethnobotany, agriculture, herbalism, permaculture and all that intertwine between them. As our Sourcing Specialist he connects with local farmers and the native flora finding some of the best ingredients to infuse into our ciders.
Check out Brody's farm.
Events and Farmers' Market Coordinator
Caiti has lived around Maryland all her life, and came to MillStone to be part of our mission to source locally and create handcrafted ciders, cysers and meads. Caiti is a dedicated food preservationist, as she ferments, gardens, cooks, and writes to support local agriculture and works towards a sustainable food system. At MillStone she organizes Special Events, Space Rentals, and Farmers Markets to help others celebrate the bounty of life with a glass of cider in hand.
Check out Caiti's Charm City Homestead project.
Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Zach is a native of New Jersey, but spent his college career in the farmlands of south central Pennsylvania at Dickinson College. There he studied International and Environmental Studies as well as Political Science with a focus on Sustainable Agriculture, Social Entrepreneurship and Food Policy. His passion for food and nature has led to a professional career working at organic and urban farms, micro-breweries and now, MillStone. Here, he expresses his interests through lending a hand in production, as well as, coordinating sales opportunities with distributors, bars and local collaborations. Outside of work, Zach enjoys hiking, local craft libations, photography and writing about food culture.
Check out Zach's food culture project.