Rotarian Christy Brecht introduced Nate Arnone, Brand Manager of Southern Tier Brewing Co. A Jamestown High School and JCC graduate, Nate graduated in graphic design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2002, Nate started at the brewery designing sales sheets and now as Brand Manager, designs everything for the brewery. Nate is the son of former Rotarian Bob Arnone.
Nate delivered an interesting and entertaining presentation, complete with beer samples distributed by Rotarians Lisa Yaggie and Christy Brecht who work as Human Resources Director and Controller of the brewery respectively. As the samples were enjoyed, the noise in the room rose, but members were able to learn how and when the brewery began and about its growth over 14 years. He also spoke about the differences between ales, lagers and stouts and noted that the Brewery sells 30 different beers, some seasonally and others sold all year long.
Of the 4,000 craft beer breweries in the United States, Nate said, Southern Tier is now #33 in terms of the amount of beer it produces in each year.  A recent partnership with Victory Brewing Company in Pennsylvania under the name “Artisanal Brewing Ventures,” brings the two companies together as the fourth largest craft brewery in the east and brings it into the top 20 craft breweries in the country.
Nate ended the talk by giving away bottle openers and koozies.
Photo: Rotarian Sandy Hatfield, left, with Nate Arnone, Brand Manager at Southern Tier Brewing Co.