Meet the Team
Erica enjoys all things earthy! From her degree in Horticulture from Virginia Tech, to creating and running a water quality lab with Culpeper County, to craft beer lab technician for the past three years, she has a true passion for the science and safety of the industry. Erica has received her Beer Server Certification from Cicerone Certification Program and graduated the Beer Quality and Analysis Series at Oregon State University. Known by co-workers as a friend to all animals, including her two cats, Erica is also considered the “adventurer.” When not donning the lab coat in the Quality Assurance Lab, she can be found out in nature, exploring on her bike or gardening. In fact, Erica dreams of traveling the world sampling beers along the way and writing about her experiences from the uniqueness of a custom camper-van.
Sales Account Manager
Melissa enjoys all things hospitality and has enjoyed working in the food and beverage industry her entire adult life. She has worked in every aspect of the business from Bartender to Director of Marketing. 7 years ago she started working for a local brewery and finally found what she enjoys most in the food and beverage business. Her love for craft beer comes from its rich history, ability to bring people together as well as celebrate diversity. Melissa grew up in neighboring Fauquier County and graduated from George Mason University. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her family, including her two amazing, teenage sons. She is also known to be slightly obsessed with her cat Farfle, who can do no wrong. With a passion for fundraising, Melissa has helped raise over $200,000.00 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and has been involved in raising funds and awareness for several veteran related charities. If you don’t find Melissa selling delicious 2 Silos beer, you can find her on a baseball field or at her home away from home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
General Manager, The Pour House
Liz proudly hails from Wichita Falls, Texas and has been in the hospitality industry for over thirteen years. Previously a managing partner for Outback Steakhouse, Liz joined the opening team of 2 Silos Brewing Co. and has now made her mark as General Manager.
Liz is one of three siblings and was born into her family’s restaurant business. Married in the fall of 2018, she has 2 adorable boys and an extensive pack of furr-babies. If free-time becomes available, Liz can be found playing softball with the best or vacationing at the beach with a margarita in hand.
Head Sous Chef
Nelson was previously the Executive Chef at Kona Grill in Arlington, VA., and has over 20 years’ experience in the restaurant industry. He has a great deal of experience opening restaurants and contributing to their success. Born and raised in El Salvador, he moved to the U.S. after he finished his schooling in 2005 and first got into the restaurant industry as a dishwasher. Since then, he has been awarded and recognized multiple times for his dedication and hard work. He’s married and has two sons and, in his spare time, enjoys taking his two boys to the park to play soccer. Nelson also enjoys traveling with his family to the beach, as long as he’s kept firmly on the ground while doing so, and away from ships and airplanes.
Director of Events and Marketing
Clarice Lelle, Director of Events and Marketing, manages all planning & execution of campus events and marketing. She ensures each event comes off seamlessly, no matter the size or the occasion while promoting our brand and identity throughout. Born in Washington, D.C., Clarice is tri-lingual, having been raised with a German father and a French mother, she knew food was in her blood. Armed with a degree in Media Arts from James Madison University, a Pastry Arts from L’Acadamie de Cuisine, and over 15 years in the hospitality industry, she’s a creative threat with a keen understanding of special events and what it takes to ‘get it done’ and done right. She’s managed events ranging from corporate, social, political, and presidential.