It all started with a bicycle and a home brewing rig. As Co owner and co founder of Crank Arm Brewing and Crank Arm Rickshaw, Adam Eckhardt has fused his love of beer and cycling into a successful and thriving business.
Bob has been in the professional brewing industry for 27 years and brings a fun-loving positive energy to everything he does. He attended the American Craft Brewers Academy in Los Angeles after completing his Human Environmental Science degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Alabama. Bob took a Head Brewer position with the owner of the Brewery Academy, Bohemian Brewery Importers, where he dove headfirst into all facets of commercial brewing as well as some tasty waves and some tasty brews! Those early experiences being on the ground level building and testing breweries, installing breweries, brewing on many different size systems, and taking on Head Brewer responsibilities all profoundly shaped his future in the industry. Over the years Bob continued to work successfully in every aspect of the brewing industry for several great breweries always building solid brands and creating great relationships. Bob is an avid traveler and passionate outdoorsman. Wherever he is in the world, whether he is surfing, paddling whitewater, bird hunting, or on his bike, Bob is always looking for the local brewery to make a visit, show some support, taste some fresh brews, and make some new friends. Keep an eye out, you just might see him spinning by on a bike in your town in search of a brewery!
A graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.S. in environmental sciences, Michael has been in the brewing profession for over 16 years now. Along the way he has won four Great American Beer Festival medals while working in Raleigh and the D.C. metro area, including Southend, Big Boss, Natty Greene's, and Capitol City Brewing. Since opening Crank Arm in 2013, he has also won 15 in-state awards at the Carolina Beer Championships and the North Carolina Brewer's Cup, including Best In Show for the Rickshaw Rye IPA. He strives to create consistent beers while pushing the envelope with new and creative brews. Sorry ladies, he is married to the wonderful and talented Heather Smith and has four wonderful babies; that's two dogs, Charlotte and Emma, and two cats, Leonard and Nimoy.