About Us

Meet Us

Mike Smylie, Owner

Mike Smylie, oldest of the five brothers, has brewed beer for over ten years since his intro to craft beer while a student at Colorado State University. After ten years as a commodities broker, he decided to follow his passion and study at The Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago where he earned another degree in Business Management and Culinary Arts. He cooked at Café Lucci in Glenview, Landmark Grill in Chicago (where he met Smylie Brothers Brewing Company Head Chef Grant Carey), and Aigre Doux in Chicago. When not brewing beer or cooking Texas barbecue, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons.

Favorite Beer Style: Well-balanced and hoppy.

Brad Pulver, Head Brewer

As head brewer, Brad Pulver brings years of professional brewing experience to Smylie Brothers Brewing Company. Most recently, he was the senior brewer Arcadia Ales in Battle Creek, Michigan—one of the few 100% open fermentation breweries in the country. He also honed his craft at the Michigan Brewing Company in Webberville as well as Midland’s popular—and sadly now-extinct—Artful Dodger Brewing Company. Originally hailing from Mason, Michigan, Brad studied brewing at the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and the Doemens Brewing Academy in Munich where he earned an International Diploma in Brewing Technology. Aside from brewing beer, Brad loves exploring his new hometown Evanston with his wife and two young children.

Favorite Beer Style: Anything Bavarian.

Grant Carey, Executive Chef

Chef Grant Carey met owner Mike Smylie while working at Landmark Grill, where the two formed an instant friendship over their love of Midwestern American Cuisine, barbecue, homebrewing and Belgian beers. Chef Carey comes to Smylie Brothers Brewing Company most recently from an Executive Chef position at The Zodiac Room in Chicago. Prior to the Zodiac Room, he was Sous Chef at Boka Group’s Landmark Grill in Lincoln Park. His extensive experience includes three star fine dining restaurants, private clubs, bistros, catering, and gourmet retail stores. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Culinary Arts from Kendall College.

Favorite Beer Style: Belgian, a wide range of yeasty flavors.

Michael Zeff, General Manager

Michael Zeff was a bartender at the Rhythm Room and The Cellar at The Stained Glass in Evanston before coming to Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. He took his knowledge of craft beer and craft cocktails with him when helping open Smylie Brothers as a bartender. Working his way through the ranks and eventually becoming General Manager Zeff continues to work closely with executive chef Grant Carey and head brewer Brad Pulver to provide a pleasant experience to all guests who enter the doors. In his spare time Zeff is an avid home brewer and musician.

Favorite Beer Style: Anything barrel aged.

The Smylie Brothers

The Smylie Brothers

Mike: Left.
Bart: Top middle.
Jim: Middle.
Matt: Top right.
John: Bottom right.