MEET THE TEAM

Mike Frizzelle

Head Brewer | Co-Founder

Mike is the guy that pays attention to the details, and is driven by a desire to create something real and tangible that people value; that's why he's the brewer. That, and his extensive homebrewing experience. He developed all of the company's beer recipes and also designed the company logo, having taught himself Adobe Illustrator by watching a copious amount of YouTube videos.

Mike is originally from California, and grew up in the greater Los Angeles area. He received his B.S. in Business Marketing from Sonoma State University in the Bay Area.

Following graduation from Sonoma State, Mike earned a commission in the U.S. Army. Assigned to the 1st Armored Division, he served as a Platoon Leader, Forward Observer, and Fire Direction Officer, including a deployment to Basra, Iraq. At the rank of First Lieutenant, Mike left the Army to pursue and complete an MBA from San Diego State University.

Presented with the opportunity to build a brewery of his own, he sold everything that didn't fit into the back of his pickup truck, including his beloved motorcycle, and moved to New Hampshire. Although he misses the beaches of So Cal, he knows that life only gives you so many opportunities to live it on your terms.


Carl Soderberg

Engineer & Brewer | Co-Founder

Carl is a man who is passionate about individual ability, hard work, good times and great beer. He serves as the Engineer of Able Ebenezer, having designed, built and now maintaining the brewery systems/processes, as well as brewer, salesman, marketeer and manager of the daily operations.

Carl was born and raised in the greater Washington, DC area. After graduating from high school, he went on to receive his B.S. from the University of New Haven. He later performed graduate work at Tufts University (Bioengineering) and Southern New Hampshire University (MBA).

Following graduation from UNH, Carl enlisted in the US Army, where he earned a commission into the officer corps. He was assigned to the 1st US Cavalry Regiment, where he served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and finally Troop Commander, including a deployment overseas to the Rashaad Valley of Iraq. He resigned from active duty in 2011 at the rank of Captain, and made a move to find home.

Following his exit from the military, Carl was drawn to New Hampshire's unique, independent culture and “Live Free or Die” spirit. After spending a few years managing biopharmaceutical manufacturing, he left the role to pursue his dream of delivering a bold craft ale experience to his fellow citizens.


Heather Martin

ALe Room Manager

Heather manages all operations for the Ale Room here at the brewery, which has grown into its own distinct entity with the success of the company.

Born and raised in Southern New Hampshire, she majored in Business Administration and graduated with high honors in 2010 with her Bachelor's degree from Southern New Hampshire University. 

Prior to Able Ebenezer, she was the Promotional Area Manager of NH, ME, and VT for several beverage brands.

Once presented with the opportunity to join the Able team, she jumped in knowing her ideals and values closely mirrored that of the company. She looks forward to making visitors of the Ale Room a part of our ever-growing family.


Chris ClemenT

DISTRO

Chris has lived in Derry his whole life, graduating from Pinkerton Academy in 2004. He then joined the US Air Force, becoming a jet engine mechanic for reconnaissance aircraft out of Offutt AFB, Nebraska, and deploying twice to the Middle East. He returned to NH in 2008, transferring to the AF Reserves where he ran logistics operations for both the 58th and 85th APS squadrons, deploying (again) in 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Following his return to the states in 2011, Chris enrolled at Mount Washington College, earning his Bachelors Degree in business with a concentration in marketing and promotions.

He also began working at the Anheuser-Busch facility in Merrimack NH, where we worked for over 4 years. There, he learned a great deal about brewing and the beer industry. Chris joined our operations team in early 2016, bringing that knowledge, enthusiasm and love of beer to Able - as well as our family, friends and followers.

Outside of brewing and beer, Chris is passionate about music, playing in a band in his free time. He also loves helping others, serving as an admin & organizer for the New Hampshire Chive.


JIM VARELA

DISTRO

Jim was born and raised in Merrimack, NH, graduating from Merrimack High School in 2010, and Rivier University in Nashua in 2015, where he was awarded the Scholar Athlete of the Year.

He accepted a position at Iron Heart Canning Company, a role which brought him into the craft beer industry. Jim then began home brewing in the spring of 2015 and continuously seeks out opportunities to enhance his knowledge of the craft beer industry and the brewing process.

Growing up in New Hampshire, Jim has always enjoyed all that the Live Free or Die state has to offer. He spends his free time camping, hiking, fishing, snowboarding, as well as playing lacrosse and football.

Jim is currently the Varsity Boy’s Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Merrimack High School; a position he is proud to hold because it allows him to give back to his hometown community.  Above all of these things, Jim finds the greatest pleasure in sharing stories with close friends and family over a few beers.


Jake Felton

"Renaissance Man"

Jake has the passion and drive to push our brewery into new places, and to get our pints into new people's hands.  As our first employee, he has a hand in brewing, marketing, sales, and deliveries.

Born and raised in southern New Hampshire, Jake is known by many.

Following his high school graduation, Jake joined the Army.  After graduating basic training in 2007, he was assigned to the 94th Military Police Company in Londonderry, New Hampshire, where he served as a gunner. Jake deployed to Iraq from 2010-2011, and left the army in December of 2013.

During and after his time in the military, Jake worked several jobs.  Each gave him different tools and ways of viewing and solving problems. From working on custom motorcycles, to managing coffee shops, to being an assistant manager at a health care facility—Jake was the perfect fit to be Able Ebenezer's "Renaissance Man."

"Everything and everyone has a story here. I am lucky enough to be able to tell them."