meet the Bald Birds
Head Brewer Patrick Thomas has been in the beer industry for 5 years, and drinking the beer for much longer. After finding his footing in commercial settings at Oskar Blues in North Carolina and Evil Genius in Philadelphia, Patrick was paired up with the Feerrars by a mutual friend who recognized a similar dedication to the exploration of craft beer. Having experience in both high-volume production breweries and smaller brewpubs, he understands the ins and outs of providing the ever-growing craft scene with a new and exciting tasting experience without forgetting the fundamentals. He fits right in with the Bald Birds crew, even with a much fuller head of hair.
When not slaving over a hot brew kettle, you can catch Patrick rock climbing, looking at guitars on craigslist, supporting local music, or screaming "go Birds" from the top of a light pole on Broad Street.
Abby & Joe Feerrar
The Baldest Birds
Co-owners Joe and Abby Feerrar share more than just a love of beer. The brains behind Bald Birds had a connection from the day they met, bonding over a dorky infatuation with superhero movies, an appreciation for really bad jokes, and the fact that they are both totally bald. A few years and 2 kids later, the pair stepped out together to open Bald Birds.
Before embarking on this big journey, Abby parlayed a degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University into a 10-year career as a performance consultant and simulation designer before turning her attention to the growing space of digital marketing for a few years.
Joe’s career as a banker in both the retail and commercial sectors has taken him up and down the east coast over the last 15 years and continues to be something he’s truly passionate about. Assembling a top-notch team to helm Bald Birds (and leaving the day-to-day stuff to his lovely wife) allows him to continue the work he loves, even as the brewery gets off the ground.
When they’re not dreaming about the future of Bald Birds, the Feerrars can be found chasing their two little boys around and asking each other what they should have for dinner.
Kat Stein hails all way from Vancouver, WA, but moved to Philadelphia almost 9 years ago to attend The University of The Arts. After graduating from UArts with a degree in piano performance, Kat spent a couple years performing with her band at the time all around the northeastern US, including several clubs in Philly, and fell into a bartending job at one of them. She quickly took over as bar manager, discovered she had a knack for running a small business, and subsequently fell in love with both the bar and beer industries.
As both a performer and a member of the service industry, Kat is incredibly passionate about making people happy and helping to create fun, memorable experiences, which is why she joined the Bald Birds team as taproom manager! She is beyond excited to continue to make improvements to your favorite brewery, to plan exciting events, and to help even more guests feel like part of the Bald Birds family.
When she’s not boppin’ around the brewery, Kat can be found performing and working as musical director with local theatre company Raw Street Productions, hiking and riding rollercoasters with our head brewer, sitting at home with her sweet little kitties, or visiting her family back in Washington. Few things make Kat happier than animals do, so if you see her around the taproom, just know that she would absolutely love to meet and/or see photos of your dog or other furry friends!
Head of Distribution
Dan “Disco” McGonigle (the one on the left in the picture) was the final addition to the core of the Bald Birds family. The Philadelphia native and Feerrar family friend knew he would be a Bald Bird before Joe could finish the sentence, “I’m opening a brewery."
With a background in bartending, management, and Information Technology, he hopes to add something unique to your brewery experience. This father and husband is determined to make Bald Birds a place where you can enjoy a great beer in a family-friendly environment.
He’s always eager to hear what you think, so if you want to talk beer, the brewery, or Sixers basketball, make sure you pull him aside!
Want to be a bald biRd?
We're always looking for talented, dedicated individuals to add to our flock. A shared appreciation for craft beer and a killer work ethic are the foundations of our team - if this sounds like you, let us know!
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