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 Beverly is behind the bar to share her favorite beers with new friends. Having been in the area since 2012, Angela can truly call herself an On Tour OG (OTOG!) since she’s been a patron since our doors opened in 2017. Angela’s love for beer really started to develop in her mid 20s, interestingly enough, around the same time her love for coffee began. When she’s not behind the bar at OT, you can catch her making your morning coffee at Starbucks, a company she’s been with for 15 years! When it comes to beer, Angela tends to go for a good session IPA or even a double IPA. Her OT favorite is Asteroid Crashed, as she’s a big fan of anything hoppy and crispy.
Angela listens to just about everything music-wise. Lately, she’s been really into hip-hop, in addition to her other go-tos like indie, 80s and classic rock. A few of her all-time faves are Radiohead, Modest Mouse, Tame Impala and Pink Floyd.
Angela loves to get outdoors with her husband, Cal, and her dog, Arnold, by hitting up a forest preserve. Her husband grows a beautiful garden, so she’s also a fan of hanging out in her backyard as well, with an IPA in hand of course.
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.
Hillary Fortin’s goal is to make people feel good, taken care of and important. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of being served a beer by Hillary, you know she knocks that goal out of the park everyday! To Hillary, finding a local brewery is like walking into someone’s home. You get a (literal) taste of them via their perspective and spin on something as ubiquitous as beer. She’s captivated by people and their uniqueness and she believes craft beer is an expression of that – from the tiny nuanced differences to the experimental. When it comes to OT beer, Thalia Hall Pilsner is it for her- it’s backyard get-togethers in a glass.
Hillary is a sucker for Motown. Really anything based in soul – from blues to folk and funk to house. Her music taste is a welcomed addition to our team’s monthly Spotify playlists.
A perfect day outdoors for Hillary is walking for hours with her camera. She’s fascinated by people; they’re often the focus of her photo walks.
A truly wild fact about Hillary is that she’s been struck by lightning. Most likely, the reason for her electric personality. (We wish we were more sorry for this joke.)
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!