Launched in August of 2011, Kane Brewing Company is a small craft brewery located on the coast of New Jersey. Our focus is brewing American-style and Belgian influenced ales. All of our handcrafted beers are unfiltered, unpasteurized and brewed locally in our custom built brew house located in Ocean Township in Monmouth County. Most of our beers are draft-only and available at bars and restaurants in coastal, central and northern New Jersey where we hand deliver each beer to ensure the highest level of both beer freshness and service. We hope you enjoy drinking our beers as much as we enjoy creating them.
Michael C. Kane – President & Founder
The path to Kane Brewing Company started after a summer trip to Europe following Michael’s sophomore year in college. Through his travels across the European continent he was exposed to full-bodied English ales, crisp authentic German lagers, tart and refreshing Weiss beers and an array of unique Belgian ales. Following his return he looked to some of the small, recently opened craft breweries of New England as a way to explore new styles and flavors in beer. It was during one of these visits to a small Vermont brewery where he learned about homebrewing. Michael brewed his first batch, a German Wheat Beer, during his senior year in college and decided before it was finished fermenting that he was going to some day open a brewery.
Of course with no money and no concept of what it would take to even do that, he used his finance degree from Fairfield University to land a position as a litigation consultant in New York City. After four years of traveling, spreadsheets and countless batches of beer brewed in his tiny east village apartment, he left the city to pursue a MBA at the University Of Notre Dame in Indiana to continue his study of finance. This conveniently allowed him to explore the Midwest craft beer scene, but more importantly he learned more about funding, starting and managing a small business. During his time there he was also fortunate enough to intern in The Netherlands during the summer of 2004 and continue his exploration of Belgian beers.
Following graduation he moved back to New York City and got a job on Wall Street as an investment banker to gain some practical experience in finance and to help fund his project. Michael spent the next four years writing a business plan, researching the industry, visiting other brewers and brewery owners and occasionally actually during some work as an investment banker, so he could turn the brewery into a reality. He also continued to brew and develop his recipes winning a gold and silver medal at the 2009 National Homebrew Competition.
In 2010, he left Wall Street and signed a lease on a 7,500 square foot building formerly used to manufacture caskets in Ocean Township, New Jersey and began the process of building a craft brewery from the ground up. His goal was to bring his interpretation of American-style and Belgian influenced craft beers to the place where he grew up and to raise the level of craft beer awareness across the state. He chose this location because of his ties to New Jersey and his love of the small beach communities on the coast. After a year of construction, licensing and headaches, Kane Brewing Company opened to the public in August of 2011.
Glenn R. Lewis – Vice President, Sales
Glenn began exploring craft beer many years ago, starting with Michael’s home brewed beers and eventually branching out to traditional Belgian and bold American-style beers. His quest for craft beer knowledge began with basic questions for Michael over a few beers, and expanded to reading books about beer and beer history. He continues to absorb all he can from the knowledgeable brewing staff at Kane and bring a technical, insightful bent to selling beer.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Glenn has an Economics degree from Rutgers University and after 7 years in the pharmaceutical industry, is happy to be selling a product everyone loves to talk about. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, and when the water isn’t too cold, surfing in Asbury Park in the morning before work.
Glenn is an avid woodworker and is proud to handcraft Kane Brewing’s tap handles.
Matthew Czigler – Head Brewer
Matt is a graduate of the University of Maine with a triple major in microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular and cellular biology. He also completed the World Brewing Academy’s, International Diploma in Brewing Technology program, taught between Siebel institute in Chicago and Doemans Academy in Munich, Germany. In his spare time he home brews…a lot… and not just beer, but mead and ciders as well. Ask him anything about brewing, but be warned, he tends to give detailed explanations. He’s a science geek who uses a periodic table shower curtain as a wall poster and is often seen around the brewery wearing nerdy graphic t-shirts. His favorite beer types are Bocks and brown ales, but he likes all beer with flavor.