Bartender, Brewer, Owner
About Tommy Vandervort
Tommy Vandervort, founder and co-owner, took a circuitous path to Enlightened. He’s worn a lot of hats: philosopher, Alderman, Americorps member, and he’s done everything possible in the service industry. It was through his time at various restaurants that he fell in love with American and Belgian styles of craft beer. One Christmas, his parents left him a homebrew kit under the tree, and he connected his love of drinking beer with a love of making it. He made a lot of friends in the Milwaukee craft beer scene, and in January of 2013 he decided to take the plunge and found the brewery you’ve come to know as Enlightened Brewing Company. He laid the groundwork and soon compelled his friend James Larson to come on as Head Brewer.