Mark McClain attended high school in Germany where the legal drinking age was 16. He and his friends frequented a good many biergartens. After becoming an Air Force KC-135 pilot, Mark spent his spare time creating his own biergartens. He perfected his technique over several decades, serving literally thousands of pints to friends and family alike. When Mark decided to go pro, he enrolled in the Seibel Institute’s certificate program, studying the chemistry of brewing. He combined this educational endeavor with a Business of Beer course of study at the University of Vermont. They are now featuring Mark and Drop the H Brewing Company in their blog! To round out his preparation, Mark studied with Goodfella’s Pizza School of New York. Currently, a Delta Airlines captain, Mark is spending his spare time creating craft brews for the people of Pittsburg. Owning a brewpub is truly a dream come true for Mark!


Cathy McClain did not spend her high school years in Germany or in biergartens. She did, however, fly the same KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as Mark. After retiring from the Air Force, she directed programs for both Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems. Today, she is the founder of Dauntless Leadership, her executive coaching company. She’s energized by working with leaders both in her private practice and with those training at the Center for Creative Leadership. Cathy is the chair of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Association of Graduates board of directors. She can also be seen driving an ambulance and caring for patients as a volunteer emergency medical technician. In her spare time, Cathy is the proud co-owner of Drop the H Brewing Company!


Through the help of the University of Vermont’s Business of Craft Beer Certificate Program, learn about Mark’s craft brewing journey.

  • Building a Brewery Part 1:

    The Foundation for Success in Craft Beer

  • Craft Brewing Business:

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