Who in the World?
Dann started out life in Connecticut, dreaming about documentary film making and building his own theme park. At some point, he realized that beer was made out of grass, weeds and yeast, and this lit a fuse inside his somewhat passionate brain leading to a serious brain-fire that has not yet been extinguished. He ended up not so much documentary film making as being a production assistant on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in NYC, which led to a rapid exit from the TV industry and a very quick entry into the brewing world of Boston. He hasn't looked back. You won't meet a brewer with stronger opinions or a more uncanny sense of how to fit the ingredients of beer together to make a Pretty Thing. You also won't meet a brewer with stronger or stranger ideas about how his beers should be presented. It's a passion thing, and Dann's got it bad. Before Pretty Things was allowed out of his head and into the real world, Dann brewed for many other breweries, conceiving many other beers. Among the breweries that he's called home are Ipswich Brewing Company, Pilgrim Brewery, Mill City Brewing Company, John Harvard's Brew House, North East Brewing Company, The Haverhill Brewery, and Daleside Brewery in Yorkshire. While in Haverhill, he met Martha and realized there was another brain he could fill with his ideas, and sometimes they came back to him even better. Thus, his present and hopefully final brewing job came to be: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project. They're still working on the theme park.
Martha wasn't always a kooky beery malt-lifting lady. She started out as a scientist, studying all manner of tiny invisibilities but spending a lot of time drumming her fingers on the table wondering where the fun was at. Then she met Dann one Spring evening in Somerville and found out: there it all is, over there, in the beer industry! So, a match was made, and she dragged Dann to Yorkshire, down a church aisle, and into a Yorkshire brewery. Eventually, he dragged her back to Boston, and Pretty Things began, and then suddenly Martha realized that she was going to have to run the best business in the world ever! Today she spends her days assistant-brewing (she mills in the grain for our beers and does brewery "logistics", also known as "Oh no, the truck's here!"), throwing paper around our very small office, yelling in a squeaky voice about anything that crosses her mind, and laughing hysterically at the jokes her Dad sends her EVERY MORNING from England.
For Anya, our Massachusetts lady-about-town, the beer part of the beer industry is just a perk of the job. Otherwise, it's endless fun, balloons, tastings, launch parties, balloons, fun, and balloons. She started working for the Pretty Things project while working her part-time job at a bar, while going to college in Boston. She quickly realized that Dann & Martha were the kookiest and coolest people in the city making the kookiest and coolest beer. When she’s not drinking too much coffee in the office, she’s drinking too much beer out of the office (but still on the clock). Anya’s favorite things are: saying hello to Pretty Things beer drinkers, giving out Pretty Things stickers, having John Funke spin his records at Pretty Things events, and cowboy movies. Her least favorite things are: scratchy wool sweaters, snooty people, and people who are into conspiracy theories. She wishes that: she could change the world with beer parties and balloons. Her mother wishes that: she was a lawyer.
Wally Young has been a brewer, a printmaker, a rock-band drummer, longtime buddy of Dann & Martha's and lots of things in between. He started his beer career as a brewer at the Tremont brewery in Charlestown, and now he's back pounding the streets for Pretty Things. He's a bit more level-headed than the rest of us, but no less quirky... And he has great stories and is a great guy to hang out with, so if you get the chance, do it!