Big Storm Brewery

Big Storm Staff


Mike Bishop Founder of Big Storm

Innovative – Passionate – Funny

HOMETOWN:  Buffalo, NY
HOBBIES: Cooking and trying new food, traveling, playing with my kids
FAVORITE MOVIE: Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
LIKES: Bourbon, rainy weather and cold beer
FAVORITE QUOTE: “I’ve never let schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain

Mike Bishop is the founder of Big Storm Brewing Co. out of Odessa, FL. He has been involved with the craft beer industry in Florida since starting as an intern at the oldest brewery in the state in 2007. He took that knowledge and used it to start the first and largest microbrewery in Pasco County in 2012. Mike was the recipient of the Siebel Institute’s John G. Doble III Memorial Scholarship in 2013, a prestigious award amongst Florida brewers, in which he used to obtain a degree in brewing technology. Big Storm has grown from servicing limited accounts in the Tampa Bay area, to now having two locations and providing beer across the state of Florida. Mike graduated from University of South Florida with a B.S. in Business Finance in 2006 and lives in Land O Lakes with his wife Erin and three children Angelo, Eric, and Alessandra.

Brewery Staff

Joel Moore Head Brewer

Determined – Practical – Hardworking

SPECIAL TALENT: Plays the violin
FAVORITE QUOTE: “There are no obstacles, only opportunities.”
FAMILY: Wife-Julie, Dog-Indy, Cats-Toby and Binx

Joel was promoted to Head Brewer in December of 2016. Joel joined Big Storm in December of 2015 and spent much of the year focused on research and development at Big Storm’s Odessa location. Joel is responsible for some of Big Storm’s more popular offerings in the taprooms like the Merchant Porter, the Belgian Quad and Quintuple and the Palm Bender Gulf Coast IPA.  He began his career 2005 at a brewpub in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.  Working in the brewpub afforded him the opportunity to learn how to brew a wide range of styles and cultivated a love of Belgian-style and sour ales.  In 2011, Joel left the brewpub to pursue a formal brewing education. Joel received his diploma in Brewing Technology from the prestigious Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and the Doemens World Brewing Academy in Munich, Germany.  After completing his education, he moved to Salt Lake City for a position of Head Brewer at Bohemian Brewery and focused on continental European-style lagers.

Kevin Long Brewer

Grumpy – Bearded – Nerdy

HOMETOWN:  Mobile/Montgomery, AL
SPECIAL TALENT: Making delicious Etouffee
FAVORITE QUOTE: “There is only one thing I hate more than lying. Skim milk. Which is water lying about being milk.”
LIKES: French fries, The Empire Strikes Back and my beautiful wife
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:  A strong cup of coffee

Tony Walz Brewer

Happy – Energetic – Goofy

HOMETOWN: Annapolis, MD
HOBBIES: Stand-up paddle boarding and ice climbing
LIKES:  Sleep, Coca-Cola
FAVORITE SONG:  “Don’t Go” by Yaz

Brian Tilki Lead Packaging Associate / Lead Delivery Driver

Funny – As – Hell

SPECIAL TALENT:  I made a child.
FAVORITE QUOTE:  “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.”
LIKES:  Scuba diving, Metallica, pizza
Wife – Ashley, Daughter – Coraline, Dog (Boxer) – Lilly


Tim Waters Maintenance Manager

Passionate – Spontaneous – Impatient

SPECIAL TALENT:  Many . . . .
FAVORITE QUOTE:  “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”– Zig Ziglar
LIKES:  My Harley, chicken wings, the Bon Scott era of AC/DC
FAMILY:  Wife – Amber. Daughters (2) – Katie and Gracie. Pet (Golden Retriever) – Riley

Katie Marton Production Support

Honest – Goofy – Optimistic

HOMETOWN: Pinellas Park, FL
FAVORITE SONG: “A Day in the Life” by the Beatles
PETS:  My dog, Jamal – he is a good boy
LIKES:  Milk and beer . . . just not together
FAVORITE QUOTE:  “You can’t unscramble eggs.”

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