Joe Vogelbacher is the CEO and Co-Founder of Sugar Creek Brewing Company in Charlotte, NC. He is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and holds a degree in Marine Engineering Systems and an Unlimited Marine Engineering License with the U.S. Coast Guard. Upon graduation, Joe completed his service obligation as a Nuclear Test Engineer supporting the nuclear refueling and overhaul of the CVN 69 Eisenhower aircraft carrier. He has served 16 years as a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer and has reached the rank of Commander. Joe has served the Navy in various locations around the world, most recently deploying to Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
For the last 12 years, Joe has nurtured a love for business and has made his living as an entrepreneur. However, it wasn’t until 2014 when he founded Sugar Creek Brewing that he realized his true passion in the art, science and execution of craft brewing.
Since then Joe has received professional training from Siebel Institute and has worked his way through the Cicerone program, becoming one of the first 25 Advanced Cicerones in the world. Joe has judged beer in international competitions and is an experienced beer sensory taste panelist having clocked over 250 hours of taster training from Cara Technologies. Joe’s favorite beer styles to drink and brew are the classic beers of Belgium and his interpretations of the styles have received numerous medals in national and international competitions.