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OUR HEAD CRANKSTERS

Jennifer Heggen – GM/Queen of the Pub

After owning and operating mattress and furniture stores throughout the Northwest, Jenn decided to pursue her passion for the culinary arts at the Big Sky Culinary Institute. Supporting her partner’s hobby of brewing, Jenn took the reigns of Cranky Sam and is forging ahead with restaurant plans in 2023 attached to the Pub. Her love of wine has encouraged her to become a sommelier in order to enhance her love of professional cooking as well as bring in a well-rounded establishment to Missoula along with a future fine-dining experience.

Timmy Evon – Head Brewer/Mostly-Sane Scientist

Timmy started his brewing career while working as a guide in the beautiful but beer-sparse deserts of Southern Utah. Disappointed at the lack of options for microbrews, he began homebrewing in the garage with his friends; a hobby which would soon lead to a job at the famous Beer Nut in Salt Lake City and his first professional gig at the Bohemian Brewery making authentic Czech lagers. After attending the prestigious Siebel Institute’s World Brewing Academy, Timmy took a job with Dry Dock Brewing Co in Colorado and soon became Head Brewer, winning multiple awards at the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival. After a stint in Germany, Timmy returned to the States and moved to Montana to help build Cranky Sam Brewing. When he’s not brewing you’ll find him seeking transcendent experiences in the mountains with his pup, reading philosophy, and exploring the culinary arts.

Timmy Evon – Head Brewer/Mostly-Sane Scientist

Timmy started his brewing career while working as a guide in the beautiful but beer-sparse deserts of Southern Utah. Disappointed at the lack of options for microbrews, he began homebrewing in the garage with his friends; a hobby which would soon lead to a job at the famous Beer Nut in Salt Lake City and his first professional gig at the Bohemian Brewery making authentic Czech lagers. After attending the prestigious Siebel Institute’s World Brewing Academy, Timmy took a job with Dry Dock Brewing Co in Colorado and soon became Head Brewer, winning multiple awards at the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival. After a stint in Germany, Timmy returned to the States and moved to Montana to help build Cranky Sam Brewing. When he’s not brewing you’ll find him seeking transcendent experiences in the mountains with his pup, reading philosophy, and exploring the culinary arts.

Melisa Lizarrga – Taproom Manager/Pub Sorceress

Melisa is a fan girl of craft drink and food. She uses that passion to help keep the front of house running smoothly at the pub. When she’s not slinging suds or doing mysterious computer work, she can be found with her husband and two cats cooking up a storm and attempting to keep their plants alive. Her current go-to beer of choice is the Cranky Sam El Vaquero Mexican Lager, the perfect thirst quencher after a shift at the pub.

Derek Hockenbrough – Brewer/Marketing/Beer Bard

Derek grew up in Dallas, TX before attending Pepperdine University then pursuing a career in film primarily writing and directing feature-length films before diverting towards his passion of craft beer. He has worked in the industry for 9 years fulfilling a variety of roles as he does currently at Cranky Sam including full-time brewing, sales, marketing, and graphic design among others. When set free, you can find him writing, riding, or ambling along trails with his wolfdog Kiba and a camera in hand. His preferred brews tend to lean towards the extreme whether hop-bombs or mind-bogglers like Monks on the Beach Belgian Triple with Pistachio and Key Lime.

Derek Hockenbrough – Brewer/Marketing/Beer Bard

Derek grew up in Dallas, TX before attending Pepperdine University then pursuing a career in film primarily writing and directing feature-length films before diverting towards his passion of craft beer. He has worked in the industry for 9 years fulfilling a variety of roles as he does currently at Cranky Sam including full-time brewing, sales, marketing, and graphic design among others. When set free, you can find him writing, riding, or ambling along trails with his wolfdog Kiba and a camera in hand. His preferred brews tend to lean towards the extreme whether hop-bombs or mind-bogglers like Monks on the Beach Belgian Triple with Pistachio and Key Lime.

Mike Richardson – Events Coordinator/Party Commando

Mike has been at the brewery since day one and loves helping create a lively atmosphere. As Event Coordinator, finding ways to build community and connection is a passion he is proud to bring to Cranky Sam. Since moving to Missoula in 2007 for school, Mike hasn’t lost touch with his Midwest roots (or accent). Though from Minnesota, Mike was blessed to grow up a Packer fan and religiously watches every game. Throughout the year you’ll find him on his skis and paddleboard, hunkering down with some board games and crossword puzzles, or playing volleyball and soccer every chance he gets. Mike’s beer taste trends toward the rich and malty (Dopplebock, Golden Stout), but he loves a good IPA or Mexican Lager in the heat of summer. 

Robert Rink – Sales/Sassy Suds Slinger

Rob started his journey with Cranky Sam one month after we opened. He is currently a Taproom Shift Lead Supervisor and you might see him around town promoting Cranky’s beer as our Outside Sales Rep. Before moving here in 2019, Rob had originally followed his passion in sports by working in the Sport industry until he decided to follow another passion, BEER! In his off time he enjoys spending time with his finance Karlee, watching a variety of sports, going on adventures with his two dogs (Thor & Peaches) and spending time with his family in Seattle and Alaska. Rob has a goal of visiting every brewery in the state of Montana and is already over half way there! Rob’s favorite Cranky beer is our seasonal Bluebird Day IPA as it has just the right mount of hop-forward fruitiness and bitterness

Robert Rink – Sales/Sassy Suds Slinger

Rob started his journey with Cranky Sam one month after we opened. He is currently a Taproom Shift Lead Supervisor and you might see him around town promoting Cranky’s beer as our Outside Sales Rep. Before moving here in 2019, Rob had originally followed his passion in sports by working in the Sport industry until he decided to follow another passion, BEER! In his off time he enjoys spending time with his finance Karlee, watching a variety of sports, going on adventures with his two dogs (Thor & Peaches) and spending time with his family in Seattle and Alaska. Rob has a goal of visiting every brewery in the state of Montana and is already over half way there! Rob’s favorite Cranky beer is our seasonal Bluebird Day IPA as it has just the right mount of hop-forward fruitiness and bitterness

Mark Lamoreux – Owner/Master of Odd Jobs

Mark was very fortunate to become a partner here at Cranky Sam. Mark does a little bit of anything and everything both in the front of the house and the back. He enjoys the role of being a host on busy nights and being able to interact with all of our wonderful Cranksters. Mark always had a passion for craft beer and jumped at the chance to become a part owner when approached by the Heggens. After graduating from MSU, he became a technician for the US geological survey where he captured and radio collared grizzlies for study before moving into a career in the sales of medical devices. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his son hunting and fishing. Mark’s favorite beer is the Tropical Blonde for its perfect refreshment.

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Music, Events and Art Bookings: mike@crankysam.com

Sales: Robert@crankysam.com

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233 W Main 
Missoula, MT 59802