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 son Ryder, 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.
Tasting Room & Communications Manager
Caeli Thoma describes her relationship with craft beer as a love affair that’s far greater than one she’s had with any man. You might say that a career in beer runs in her family — her grandpa drove a Hamms truck back in the day. 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. Catch this social media queen behind the bar at On Tour and feel free to blame her for most if not all dad jokes posted on On Tour’s social media accounts. For those looking to be featured on our IG Story, Caeli is your girl!
Conor McAuliffe joined the On Tour team in the winter of 2017. If you don’t see him behind the bar much in our tasting room it’s because he’s out selling On Tour kegs to bars across the city of Chicago. Conor has been to more concerts than he can count and can’t wait until they are a thing again in real life. One of the most fun facts about Conor is that he was once eliminated from a speed skating competition for cutting across the ice. That was the day he learned he was competitive. Conor’s favorite On Tour beer is our Barton Hall Scotch Ale. In his own words, “the world needs more Scotch Ale.”
Dave came to On Tour most recently from Lagunitas Brewing Co. and brings some seriously valuable experience to the team. When he’s not brewing, you can find Dave making all natural, hand made, artisanal soaps as the Collective Energy Optimizer for Golden Heart Soap Co. You might even recognize him from On Tour’s many live streams as he’s graced us with many a Grateful Dead cover. This triple threat’s favorite OT beer is Lightning Will for it’s “crisp and refreshing quality at the end of a long work day”. He’s offered, unsolicited, that his favorite color is blue and his first pet was a Dalmatian named Hank.
Emma Campbell will always serve your beer with a smile on her face. A seasonal tasting room staff member, Emma works full time as a high school Spanish teacher. When she finds a new bar, Emma always opts for interesting, local beers. Her favorite On Tour beer is our signature West Coast Style IPA Reprise. Emma is always ready to help out when she’s not in school!
You could call Kim Mills an industry queen since she’s been working in the restaurant industry since she was 15. Kim is not only super passionate about beer, but also is a huge foodie — she went to culinary school before joining the On Tour crew. Her favorite On Tour beer is easily Lazy Lightning. She says she loves this berliner weisse for its tart, refreshing and well-balanced qualities.