42 North Brew Team

It takes a great team to brew a great beer and at 42 North Brewing Company, we’re proud to have a diverse and experienced group collaborating on recipes and production of delicious craft beer.

Clay Keel
Chief Brewing Officer

Clay Keel - Chief Brewing Officer | 42 North Brewing Company - Buffalo, NYOriginally from Tampa, FL, Clay started his forays into fermentation in 2002 while helping his family start a winery on their small farm. He travelled the country in the military and fell in love with craft beer while living in Colorado over a decade ago and started brewing professionally at Two Henrys Brewing Company in Tampa, FL in 2011. Beers he designed and produced are distributed in multiple states and have been featured in publications such as Draft magazine. Clay is a graduate of the Siebel Brewing Institute and a Certified Cicerone; he also holds degrees in business and social sciences.

Naz Drebot

Naz Drebot - Brewer | 42 North Brewing Company - Buffalo, NYA native of The Ukraine, Naz most recently worked at Rockaway Brewing Company in Long Island, NY as an assistant brewer and previously owned his own beer import company and small brewery in The Ukraine. He also worked as an understudy and apprentice at some of the best breweries in Europe including in The Czech Republic and Germany. Leading our part-time cellar staff, Naz conducts the day to day brewing and cellaring tasks at 42 North and contributes immeasurably to beer design, production and quality assurance. Naz holds degrees in business and international relations.

Alex Sowyrda
Brewer/ Head of Recipe Development

Alex Sowyrda - Brewer | 42 North Brewing Company - Buffalo, NYAlex is an East Aurora, NY native, and award-winning home-brewer. He has over 11 years of experience brewing almost every recognized beer style from his current home in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village. Alex is a two time past president of Buffalo’s Sultans of Swig home-brew club and a BJCP Certified Beer Judge. He currently teaches Technology Education at Kenmore East High School in addition to designing and repeatedly testing the incredible beers at 42 North. Alex holds degrees in education and photography.