Taylor grew up in Augusta, Georgia. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he worked as a personal banker in Greensboro, Georgia. He pretty quickly decided that was not the career path for him, so he grew a beard and set on the journey of becoming a Master Brewer. He was an assistant brewer at Triangle Brewing Company in Durham, North Carolina, for two years. In 2014, he was selected as head brewer for Brewery 85 in Greenville, South Carolina. 2017 was a big year for Taylor: In addition to opening Oconee Brewing Company, he and his wife, Michelle, welcomed their first child, Leo. In 2019, they added another son, Jackson, to Team OBC.
Nathan McGarity - Co-founder and Project Developer
After graduating from Valdosta State Univeristy with a degree in Marketing, Nathan began work with his father, John. He is the development partner of Oconee Brewing Company, as well as the creator of Project Hummingbird. Nathan and his wife, Jessica, are the proud parents of three daughters and a son.
John McGarity - Project Developer
A fifth generation native of Henry County, Georgia, John is a graduate of the University of Georgia and served in the National Guard. He established his real estate firm in 1995. John and his wife, Nan, a retired educator, have been married for 42 years. They have been blessed by three sons and four grandchildren.
Leslie Tillery - Media Director
Leslie wanted her title to be “media empress” but was voted down. She is a graduate of Georgia State University, with a degree in English. She handles all of our communication, but you probably won’t know if she’s at a Brewery event - she’s a behind the scene kind of gal. Meetings with her must include food. She and her husband are the humans of the best beagle ever.
Jake Vogel - Assistant Brewer
Jake is a man of many interests and talents. He is a graduate of Anderson University, in South Carolina, with a degree in Music. Although he continues his musicianship, Jake found a similar passion for beer and brewing before joining Oconee Brewing Company. Starting as a tasting room aficionado, he worked his way into brewing. You can find Jake occasionally playing music on weekends at OBC or in local venues.
Bobby Craig - Head Bartender
The self-proclaimed “face of OBC,” Bobby has been serving in the tasting room since we first opened our doors. An alumnus of Appalachian State University and Young Harris College, Bobby works full-time as a high school English teacher to supplement his income as “master pourer” at OBC. Bobby can usually be found behind the bar in our tasting room explaining our beers, talking to regulars, giving local restaurant recommendations, discussing the Braves, or bragging about his wonderful wife and daughter.
Cathy Lamm - Event Center Manager
Originally from Wilson, North Carolina, Cathy and her husband, Leon, raised three children in Augusta, Georgia. She spent many years as an interior decorator and started her own business while in Augusta. Events and design are her passion. She has an eye for detail and the vision and know-how to help organize events of all sizes. When she's not working events at the Brewery, she's usually traveling the world. She's a travel designer with Cruise Planners, so she can even help plan your next dream vacation! Cathy is the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren.