Mr. Mark Rieth serves as Chief Executive Officer & President at Atwater Brewery. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, personally invested into the brewery in 2002 and purchased the brewery outright in 2005. Rieth's background and passion for beer took off when he lived in Boston, MA in the late 80's. He was brewing his own Sam Adams Boston Lager knock-offs right out of his basement and sharing it at parties. With an automotive background, Rieth already had a strong understanding of the three tier system of production to distributor to consumer. He moved back to Detroit in 1997 with intent to be a part of bringing Detroit back and stumbled across Atwater. He purchased the brewery outright in 2005 and exponential growth soon followed. Dirty Blonde and Vanilla Java Porter quickly became front runners in the Michigan market, along with Hop-a-Peel, an American IPA, and the Bronze World Beer Cup Winner, Decadent Dark Chocolate. Atwater expanded distribution on the east coast soon after and has had great success.