Elkmont Exchange’s team is made up of handpicked industry veterans whose backgrounds inspired them to create such a unique F&B concept. Check out their bios to learn more.
Johnny Miller has worn many hats while working in the Knoxville craft beer industry; these include production, service, sales and everything in between. He has a passion for growing the industry to its fullest potential through both consumer and retailer education.
Johnny has received his BJCP certification and is working toward becoming Cicerone certified. Johnny serves on the board for the Knoxville Area Brewers Association, is a board member for the Tennessee Winter Beer Festival and also serves on the board for the Knoxville chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild.
In an effort to give back to his community, Johnny volunteers his time for several other beer related events throughout East Tennessee including the planning and execution of the Knox Brewtails event. Johnny is passionate about Knoxville and the beer industry and always brings with him a strong sense of community, commitment to service, and dedication to quality.
In his spare time Johnny enjoys cooking for friends, sitting by the fire with his wife, and exploring the outdoors of East Tennessee.
Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Reinhardt University in 2005. Shortly after, he moved to Atlanta, where he quickly became familiar with the city’s rapidly growing SweetWater Brewing Company. He began volunteering at SweetWater’s infamous 420 Festival which eventually led to a position on the packaging line. Chris was promoted to Cellar after a year of employment; it was in this position that he learned more about the fermentation process and his passion for craft truly began to form.
Chris aspired to become a brewer and decided to take up the hobby of homebrewing to coincide with his cellar work. He quickly learned the trade and was offered a Brewer position in 2012. After spending a few years mastering SweetWater’s large scale brewhouse, Chris advanced to Lead Brewer. In this position, Chris spent significant time training a steady stream of new hires, developing future recipes on the pilot system and assisting in creation of a barrel-aging/souring program. As a result of the barrel program’s popularity, SweetWater constructed a full-scale sour facility, named The Woodlands, which opened to the public in January 2016.
Chris received a Degree in Advanced Brewing Science & Engineering from the American Brewers Guild in 2016. The same year, he was awarded as Sweetwater Brewing Company’s Brewer of the Year.
He has been with Elkmont Exchange since the beginning and his creative brewing knowledge has resulted in some of our favorite beers! When he steps away from the brewery, Chris enjoys music, hiking and traveling with his amazing wife.
Jesse Rossbach is a kitchen guru with a love for the process of menu development and recipe perfection. His reputation for carefully crafted menus along with his degree from Johnson and Wales made him a natural recruit for Tim Love’s Austin Lonesome Dove location and, eventually, for the opening of Love’s Knoxville location. Jesse worked closely with Love to create enviable menus in stunning atmospheres, and, thanks to the the fates, Jesse end up coming our way during the summer of 2018.
Since taking up the helm at Elkmont just a few short months ago, Jesse has revitalized the menu, invigorated the kitchen, and brought an unprecedented passion for creativity. Inspired by the craft culture and the ever-expanding horizon to create, Jesse is constantly crafting new favorites.
When he’s not cooking, creating, or drinking his favorite beer — the Elkmont Imperial Brett IPA — you can find him at home, jamming on his drums. Yep, he’s that cool.
We’re proud to call Jesse our Executive Chef and Elkmont looks forward to many years of his talent leading our kitchen!
Hailing from Cleveland, OH; Matthew Lillie does in fact rock!
Matthew began brewing young and continued to impress his friends with home brews throughout his time at Missouri Western State University. He cut his professional teeth nine years ago at Coors Brewing Company, in Golden, CO. He worked on bottling and in the main brewing facility. Drawn to the adventure of invention, he went on to brew for Pat’s Backcountry Beverages. He worked on creating the containers for beer in a concentrated form, which would allow serious backpackers to have beer, without lugging heavy cans. For a time, he also gained additional experience brewing at the Denver Rock Bottom. Ultimately, he was drawn to craftier brews and went to work at Breckenridge Brewery, in Littleton CO.
We are proud to have Matthew on our team of brewers! Come in and say hello or catch him on a trail, river or a local park playing with his amazing rescue pups!