About Sean Wilson
Sean Lilly Wilson is owner and Chief Executive Optimist of Durham, NC-based Fullsteam, a “plow to pint” brewery and tavern. Fullsteam's mission is to pioneer a Southern Beer Economy through the act of commerce, fostering economic opportunity for farmers, foragers, and agricultural entrepreneurs in a post-tobacco South. Sean’s beer career began as founder and president of Pop The Cap, a grassroots lobbying nonprofit that helped modernize North Carolina's beer laws in the mid-2000s. He is past president of the NC Craft Brewers Guild and, in 2015, received the guild's first-ever "Industry Impact" award. His passion for connecting beer to the region's farm and food systems earned him three James Beard Foundation semi-finalist honors in the Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional category. In 2017, the North Carolina Business Council honored Sean as a “Visionary Leader” in Civic Engagement. He recently joined the board of the Triangle Land Conservancy to support its mission to protect natural habitats, support local farms and food, and connect people to nature.