Lots of problems can be solved over lunch and a few beers. Unless the problem is what’s for lunch, in which case the answer is all of it.

Matt Tanaka

Founder & CEO
Chicago, IL

As a Japanese American who grew up in Florida, Connecticut, Chicago, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Jakarta, and Hong Kong, Matt has a hard time answering the question, “Where are you from?” but has no problem telling you why he thinks A New Brain is one of the most underrated stage musicals of its time.

Matt got his start in the beer business running social media for a Chicago wholesaler. Over the last 10 years he’s since built a career out of connecting beer brands with consumers, believing that building an authentic brand is the best way to create healthy breweries that positively impact their communities.

As founder, Matt spends much of his time casting the vision for Stout and thinking about growth, people, and the next big thing. Whether it’s setting the creative direction for a startup brewery or dreaming up new campaigns with national brands, his work means collaborating with some of the best people and creative minds in the industry.

Meredith Anderson

Brand Director