29; Brewmaster and Founder, Marshall Brewing Company; Tulsa
Prior to Marshall Brewing’s opening, there hadn’t been a production brewery in Tulsa since the 1940s. That’s a streak that Eric was proud to break. A fourth-generation Tulsan, Eric briefly moved from his hometown to Germany to study and apprentice brewing. He then worked for a brewer in Pennsylvania before moving back to Tulsa in 2007 to open Marshall Brewing. And he has high hopes for the brewery, which continues to grow its annual sales at astounding rates.
“I want Marshall Brewing Company to continue to grow as long as we do not have to sacrifice quality for mass production,” he says. “Most importantly I want to be able to take care of my employees and use the brewery to do more good in the community.”