Stable Craft Team

Craig Nargi, Owner | Operations Director

Stable Craft Brewing owner Craig Nargi is no stranger to building innovative businesses, and Stable Craft Brewing is just one in a long line of successful entrepreneurial endeavors. “Accomplished,” “passionate,” and “driven” are understated adjectives when it comes to describing Craig’s credentials. His fascination with food started early while growing up in Connecticut, where his exposure to a diverse mix of cultures and ethnicity fueled his interest in flavors and how food and drink connects people across religion, geography, and culture. Craig graduated from high school at 16 and was an executive chef by 23. He went on to serve as Executive Chef at Glenmore Country Club and Virginia Military Institute, and Sous Chef at Boars Head, Wintergreen and Kiawah Island Resorts. His experiences and dedication to family brought him to invent a farm-related business that melds his food service, leadership, operations, and design skills into a family-run business that allows for more togetherness.

Craig enjoys the creativity and team-building aspects of Stable Craft Brewing’s chef-inspired, working-farm model, particularly the opportunity to watch a group of professionals learn, explore, shine, and then experience the benefits of their hard work. His vision and problem-solving skills have allowed Stable Craft Brewing to navigate beyond a typical brewery operation into an award-winning, “outside the box” company that consistently raises the bar for other craft brewing businesses.

 

Nikki Nargi, Owner | Creative Director

Owner Nikki Nargi is the visual and marketing brains behind the Stable Craft Brewing and Hermitage Hill brand. As Creative Director, Nikki manages all aspects of ads, print materials, merchandise, packaging, and digital marketing. Starting out with an art degree and working in the gallery scene in Austin, Texas, Nikki’s path naturally progressed into a 21+ year graphic design career as an in-house designer for financial firms, telecommunications companies, in the collegiate environment, advertising agencies, and in the music/entertainment industry. Some of her notable designs were for Elvis Presley Enterprises and a variety of merchandise and promotions for celebrities such as Brian Regan, Shania Twain and Celine Dion, and Nickelback. No stranger to entrepreneurship herself, Nikki also owned her own business and is an integral part of the Stable Craft Brewing management team.

Like Craig, Nikki enjoys surrounding herself with other professionals and relishes the challenge of creating visually-remarkable marketing materials that showcase the high-quality products the other members of the team produce. Her artistic flair, attention-to-detail, and precise management of Stable Craft materials show in each image and design the company uses.

 

Isaac Peglow, Head Brewer

Head Brewer Issac Peglow has a passion for brewing. Hailing from Pennsylvania, Issac Handling daily operations of the brewery, Issac strives to bring consistent and approachable beers to the customer. Utilizing his extensive study of brewing science, Issac works hard to be creative and bring new beers to the line-up while staying true to traditional brewing practices. Issac takes pride in maintaining a pristine environment, facilitating the precise processing of ingredients, and keeping the brewery running smoothly because he knows it is the key to great flavor.

 

Christopher Fann, Brewer Emeritus

Christopher Fann helped develop the brewing program at Stable Craft Brewing with the notion of creating great craft beers that appeal to a wide-range of beer drinkers.

 

Nathan Good, Brewery Sales Representative

Nathan Good brings enthusiasm and dedication to the brew crew as Stable Craft’s sales representative. Nathan’s educational experience includes a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Bridgewater College. After graduating college, Nathan followed a natural career path in management that led him to work for companies, such as Interstate Warehousing, Inc., Marshalls Distribution Center and Cavalier-RCI, Inc. His passion for homebrewing led him to Stable Craft where he learned all about the brewery’s farm fresh beers while working in the tasting room. Nathan’s enthusiasm for craft beer made him the perfect candidate for Stable Craft’s sales representative position. When not passionately representing Stable Craft, Nathan puts his family first and spends time with his wife and relatives.
 

Matthew C. Milhit, Hospitality Director

Stable Craft Brewing’s Hospitality Director Matthew Milhit knows the food and beverage industry from the ground up, having worked in the field since his early teens. In addition to his extensive experience working at highly-rated establishments like the Greenbrier Resort in White Springs, WV, Boars Head Inn in Charlottesville, VA, and Airlie Center in Warrenton, VA, Matthew brings a fascination with regional cuisine, skill in food and beverage pairings, and a love for educating customers and staff about beer varieties and the Stable Craft brand to his many responsibilities in the tasting room. His enthusiasm, knowledge, and a clear appreciation for the company’s core values shine through in every interaction.

Matthew’s intense curiosity for how things are made fits perfectly with Stable Craft’s sustainable, farm-based operation. In his spare time, Matthew has become proficient in the culinary specialty of Charcuterie, cheese making, and fruit carving, and looks forward to studying ice carving with Stable Craft owner Craig Nargi.

 

Raymond Crook, Building and Grounds Supervisor

Stable Craft Brewing wouldn’t be the unique place it is without its beautiful setting. Building and Grounds Supervisor Raymond Crook keeps that critical part of the Stable Craft image polished and running efficiently. His mechanical affinities and landscaping skills are clearly demonstrated throughout the property, and he appreciates the sense of independence and trust the company culture offers. When he’s not taking care of Stable Craft properties, he’s building and flying remote control planes.

 

Eric Kettler, Hops-to-Beer Intern

Hops-to-Beer Intern Eric Kettler enjoys every aspect of his brewery, hops fields, horse care, landscaping, and wedding venue tasks at Stable Craft Brewing and Hermitage Hill Farm. A veteran who spent three years in the Army, including a tour in Afghanistan that earned him a Combat Infantryman Badge, Eric has an appreciation for woodworking and lends a strong sense of craftsmanship, loyalty, and heart to the Stable Craft Brewing team.