Pirate" John Hughes     owner

In true pirate fashion his passions are: “Beer, Boats, Babes” - and not necessarily in that order.

On one of his many trips to Key West, John garnered the nickname that has stuck with him through the years - “Pirate” John. Back then he was a hippie, and in Key West, hippies are considered Pirates. John’s no stranger to the open waters, as he’s traveled most of the world working at the helm, as Captain on charter or fishing boats; primarily from Alaska to Key West ports.

John began visiting Lake Havasu about 12 years ago while on a whim traveling through and fell in love with the town and the beer.

Stephanie Martin      General Manager

Stephanie is our General manager. She has been with us since 2012, and we couldn’t imagine our lives without her! She is always happy. And she has the best dance moves anyone has ever seen. If the radio plays anything that sounds even slightly similar to an 80’s rock ballad, she’s up on her feet and a dance party has started! And don’t even get her started on Motley Crüe- Stephanie is their number 1 fan- I heard she even won a Motley Crüe sudden death ultimate obscure trivia contest once.

Besides spending time with her very active toddler, she is on the Board of the K-12 Foundation for LHUSD #1, a member of the Lake Havasu City Rotary Club, and a 2018 Graduate of Leadership Lake Havasu. She also does a pretty good job of paying our bills and making sure our paychecks arrive on time.


Gary Chacon     Head Chef

Jambalaya, Green Chili, Mac n Cheese, Oh My! Who might be the mastermind behind these College Street favorites, you ask? Our Head Chef, Gary, of course. Affectionately known as Gare-Bear by his work family- you can find Gary at College Street often and easily- just look for the Orange Broncos hat! 

When Gary’s not in the kitchen creating something delicious, you can find him at home with his lovely wife and two dopey dogs, usually poolside. Gary has been in the industry for over 30 years, and has been at College Street since day one!  Whether you’re here for the daily specials or the homemade soups, you can be sure Gary’s special touch has had a hand in every mouth-watering recipe!


Dena Nielsen     Restaurant Manager & Events

Dena is College Street’s very own party planner, and rightfully so- she knows how to party! When Dena isn’t holding the restaurant together, you can find her with her husband and her dogs lying in the sun. Dena is most commonly referred to as the ‘work mama’, keeping all the crazy kids in check. You can easily find Dena by following the sound of her laugh. Dena has been in the restaurant business for 25 years, with experience in waiting tables, bartending, and managing. For events or party inquiries you can contact Dena at events@collegestreetbrewhouse.com

Kevin Flacy     Bar Manager

BECCA CARPITA     Office Manager

The first thing she does every morning is brush her teeth and sharpen her tongue. Once she pulls on her pink boots- look out world! Becca adds a certain something to the brewery that was never there before, although we wouldn’t quite call it the classic ‘feminine touch.’ She’s usually readily available with a “that’s what she said” joke- or something as equally inappropriate. She also makes sure everything in the brewery is running smoothly so the awesome brewers can brew some awesome beer.

Aside from making dirty jokes, Becca also enjoys spending time with her son (who’s also pretty hilarious- takes after his mom), playing with her 3 dogs (2 pugs and a wiener dog), or going down to the beach for some pretty intense beach badminton tourneys. She also loves positive people and- as she puts it- “ain’t got time for the haterz.”