GREG ENGERT • Managing Partner & Beer Director
Greg Engert’s appreciation for craft beer began at a young age. The earliest influence was his father, who supported then little-known microbreweries such as Samuel Adams and Saranac, and made a lasting impression on his son. Following undergraduate work at Middlebury College, Trinity College Dublin and The Goethe Institut in Munich, as well as graduate work at Georgetown University, Engert made his first foray into the beer business at the Venerable Brickskeller in Washington, DC. In 2006, Neighborhood Restaurant Group tapped Engert as the Beer Director for their new beer-centric restaurant, Rustico. And by 2008, he had assumed his current role as Beer Director for the group. In October 2009, Engert and Neighborhood Restaurant Group opened Birch & Barley and Churchkey, where – in addition to his function as Beer Director – he is also the Managing Partner. A second Rustico opened in 2010 in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, where Engert also serves as Managing Partner and Beer Director. Together, Greg Engert and Neighborhood Restaurant Group opened their first brewery, Bluejacket, on October 29, 2013. Built to be a brewery without boundaries, Engert and his team of brewers create beers across the broadest range of styles and flavors possible. Engert was nominated in February 2012 by the James Beard Foundation for “Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional,” and in April 2010, Food & Wine named Engert one of its “Sommeliers of the Year,” the first time the publication recognized a beer professional for this honor. He was also selected to receive a Starchefs Rising Star Award in 2010, making him the first beer professional to receive their sommelier honor. Engert has also been featured in some of the most prestigious media outlets in the country including The New York Times, USA Today, Food & Wine, Food Arts, Washington Post, Washingtonian, Men’s Health, Slate, Beer Advocate, Imbibe, Draft and Mid-Atlantic Brewing News, and has appeared on national television.
Jon Barry • Director of Operations
Jon oversees the operations for Iron Gate, Vermilion, Buzz Bakeshop, The Evening Star Café and Columbia Firehouse. He started his hospitality career in Virginia with Great American Restaurants, working in management positions at some of its highest grossing properties, including Costal flats in Tysons Corner and the Carlyle Grand in Shirlington. Jon moved back to his home state of Michigan once his daughter, Sonja, was born, to mentor and coach staff at California Pizza Kitchen. Upon returning to Washington, he served in management positions at several of the most influential restaurants in DC, including Jaleo, Volt, Range, Family Meal, and Boqueria. In 2014, he was tapped by Michael Babin to serve as General Manager of Iron Gate. Due in large part to his success in growing this new business, Jon was promoted to Director of Operations to apply industry best practices to NRG’s Legacy portfolio.