Founder & Brewer
Mark is convinced the perfect pint is best paired with live music and great friends. A third-generation Chicago native, Mark and his wife Amanda moved to Denver, Colorado in 2009 where he had a day job in operations management, perfecting the art of customer service and moonlighted as a homebrewer. He became obsessed with perfecting unique and delicious beer recipes in his nerdy, custom built mini-brewery.
During his eight years in Denver, Mark’s passion for home brewing grew and after advancing to the final rounds of the 2013 and 2015 National Homebrew Competition, Mark and Amanda agreed it was time to see the dream of On Tour Brewing become a reality. Together, they packed up their belongings and drove from Denver to Chicago to build his vision of a place where people can take a break and press pause over a cold, flavorful pint.
When Mark isn’t obsessing over every detail of developing the On Tour experience he loves to spend time with Amanda and their three boys, travel to new places, see live music, play golf and disc golf, ski, hike, camp. Naturally, he incorporates sampling new beers into every activity along the way.
Angela Everling’s mission is to create a friendly enviornment and pour some of the best Chicago beer. We think she’s killin’ it. Angela is a west coast girl through and through, hailing from California and having lived in Seattle for 8 years before moving to the midwest. Though Angela has always been a beer drinker, it wasn’t until she moved to Chicago in 2015 that she really immersed herself in the craft scene. Once she started working in restaurants, Angela learned a ton and discovered that her beer loves are saisons and sours. When it comes to OT beers, her favorite is Don’t Touch the Moose, our Cream Ale, that she finds “perfectly balanced and great for every season”.
If you look at Angela’s “on repeat” list on Spotify, it usually consists of INXS, The Cure, Pixies, Roxy Music and The Highwaymen. She’s a little bit punk-alt and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.
Angela gets out and about often with her active pup, Gertrude. Her and Gertrude’s favorite way to get outdoors is to go for a run along Lake Michigan.
Brad Bergeron came to On Tour to serve good tasting beer to thirsty people. He’s always willing to help in anyway he can and happy to answer any beer questions you throw his way. Brad really is a sponge. Though he’s never brewed it, he is constantly looking to learn more about beer and it shows in his enthusiasm behind the bar. As for his beer taste, he’s a dark beer dude. In his own words, “put a nice Stout or Porter in front of me and watch me down it like a lite beer at a White Soxs game.” Our Doppelbock, Spectator, does the trick for him.
Brad can get behind any music that you can dance too. Stomping and Hollerin’ is the random music genre Spotify made up and also his #1 played genre. His music happy place is Mumford, Lumineers, Caamp, Hozier, Mt. Joy, Lake Street Drive and Orville Peck.
When it comes to getting outdoors, Brad’s a pro! He spent 50 days on the road last summer hitting most states, hiking a ton and sleeping in national parks.
At this point, Caeli Thoma has butt her way into nearly every facet of On Tour’s operation outside of making the beer. She’ll leave that to the pros, for now. She describes her relationship with craft beer as a love affair that’s far greater than one she’ll ever have with any human. You might say that a career in beer runs in her family — her grandpa drove a Hamms truck back in the day and she’s got cousins working in about half the breweries in the Chicagoland area. Caeli’s favorite On Tour beer is North Ontario. She just can’t say no to a solid Golden Ale and a Neil Young reference.
A fun fact about Caeli is that she has impressively bad taste in music. Seriously, she’s seen both Ryan Cabrera and Avril Lavigne in concert on purpose. Most days though, you can find her dancing to ABBA, scream-singing to Celine Dion or blaring Springsteen.
Caeli is a big fan of a long hike and dragging her friends camping every chance she gets. Anywhere she can get a good lifestyle pic of an OT beer is where you’ll find her enjoying a beer outdoors. Feel free to blame her for most, if not all, dad jokes posted on On Tour’s social media accounts.
If you want to chat beer, Calvin Foucault is your guy. He’ll impart his beer wisdom to anyone with questions and he’s always ready to learn from the wise beer academic’s that grace our bar. Calvin started homebrewing in high school when he realized you don’t have to be 21 to buy the ingredients. He averages a 5-gallon batch about once a year, but lately he’s been inspired to up those numbers. He just recently bottled a West Coast IPA with fresh, backyard-grown hops! Professionally, Calvin worked a year in packaging at Elysian Brewing in Seattle before coming to On Tour. Calvin is usually a big time hop guy, but “Barton Hall is to die for. Reprise is a close second!”
Calvin can get down with most everything. He likes reggae/dub, funk and disco, punk and hardcore, soul, hiphop and all kinds of stuff. There’s a song he likes to show people, it has a 100% hit rate — everyone so far has loved it: Hong Kong Koiuta by The Sadistics. It’s just so groovy. Take a listen for yourself here.
Calvin is most at peace floating on a river. Lots of people know that Yakima has the best hops, but you might not know it also has the best river to float down.
Fun fact about Calvin: He once snuck into Fenway Park and saw the Red Sox win the world series in person. Bad. Ass.
Tasting Room Manager
If you’ve been to On Tour, you’ve no doubt been served a beer by Kim Mills. Kim keeps the tasting room humming. She brings an incredible amount of experience to the team as she’s been working in the restaurant industry since she was 15. She is not only passionate about beer, but also the Chicago food scene. Fun fact: she went to culinary school before joining the On Tour crew. She’s been on a fruited beer kick lately so her favorite OT beer is easily Contigo, our Cherry Lager.
Very chill Kim likes her music very chill as well. Her playlists feature a good amount of modern soul and R&B.
When it comes to the great outdoors, Kim opts for long walks and bike rides.
Honestly, Kim surprises us everyday. Most recently, when she casually dropped that she’s a certified EKG tech.
Leslie Ventura serves beer and makes great reccommendations all while dancing to every song that plays over the speakers. She is a bright light at OT. Leslie just plain enjoys beer! Though this is her first brewery gig, she’s no stranger to the beer scene. She used to write about dining in Las Vegas and has always had a major appreciation for good beer (especially when paired with food)! Her favorite On Tour beer is currently our Cream Ale, Don’t Touch the Moose but she’s also known to switch it up with Lightning Will from time to time.
Leslie’s music vibe is classic and indie rock, baby! The Rolling Stones are her all-time favorite band, but she also loves Bowie, Queen, Pink Floyd, Elton John, etc. She also really loves indie music, especially from the early 2000s: Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Wolf Parade… to name a few.
Favorite way to get outdoors? For Leslie, it’s gotta be hiking! It’s the one thing she misses about the desert. In the city, she loves to just get a daily walk in and go stroll around… maybe pop in somewhere for a drink, appetizer, or go thrifting.
Leslie’s Rolling Stones love runs deep. She’s seen them 6 times and has a RS tattoo. She was an entertainment journalist in Las Vegas for 8 years before moving to Chicago and is starting her freelance writing career back up—so if you have a story that’s music/art/food/culture related, holler at her next time she pours you a beer!
Olivia Lindsay brings the dance party! And a good conversation. Whether it be beer, music, or personal connections, Olivia always ends up learning something new behind the bar. In the end, Olivia is here to facilitate peoples’ good time. She grew up surrounded by the craft beer world in San Diego, so Olivia has always been curious. Something she loves about working at On Tour, specifically, is that the intimate environment allows for discussion about our guests’ experience while they taste the beer, “so we get to learn along with them”. Her favorite OT beer changes depending on the week, but she’s always a fan of Subterranean Soda Fountain. “The chardonnay and gin combination is surprisingly cohesive and the blood orange notes are aggressively satisfying.”
Olivia’s all-time favorite artists are Billie Holiday, Erykah Badu, Fiona Apple, Nick Drake and Led Zeppelin. But, generally, She trends toward old soul and funk, contemporary folk and americana, 90s hip hop, and always classic rock. The Last Waltz and Summer of Soul were very formative moments for her. She boasts that “can dance to any music” is a special skill on her resume and we’re here to confirm that.
Olivia is a true outdoor girl. Her favorite camping spots are the east Texan swamps, Hyalite mountain in Montana, and Big Sur, CA to name a few. Favorite outdoor activities: figure skating on Humboldt Lagoon, long rollerblades on the lakefront trail and the 606, making flower crowns while hiking, day trips to the Indiana Dunes and exploring the tide pools in San Diego (especially with her mom).
Honestly, Olivia is endlessly talented. She’s an actor, dancer and can belt a tune or two. Catch her in shows around Chicago! She played classical violin for 13 years, and is now dabbling in fiddle at Old Town School of Folk music. Oh and she also figure skated competitively for 10 years. Does she sleep? We’re not convinced.
Paige Phizacklea is a pro at creating a welcoming and fun space for guests to come unwind and try new beers and bevs. Paige loves beer for the variety! There is always a beer for different moods, seasons, etc. She never gets tired of trying and experiencing new beers. Always a fan of drinking seasonally, it’s no surprise that Paige’s favorite OT beer is Oktoberfest. She loves a nice cozy/malty beer.
Not unlike her seasonal beer vibe, Paige’s music tastes follow suit with her mood deciding what genre fits best at what time. When she’s working out it’s definitely more pop- Lady Gaga/Britney Spears but when shes chilling at home – more indie rock, Growlers/Allal-Las, etc. She’s always a fan of singing along to some 90s rock, though.
Paige likes to get outdoors by biking around the city or taking trips to go hiking in the mountains.
Did you know? Paige is a registered dietitian and strongly believes life is about balance – veggies and beer. 🙂