TEAM


Tim "Herb" Alexander

Owner

Herb is a long-time cider aficionado who is making waves in the craft industry after he started making cider in his garage while on break from music. The world knows him as a drummer… Well, not just any drummer. He’s been in a few bands, but is best known for his work with alt-rock band, Primus. He is affectionately known as “Herb” by Primus fans – hence, “Herb’s Cider”.

Shama Alexander

Owner
Prior to starting Herb’s Cider, Shama specialized in corporate sustainability. In recent years she held roles as the Sustainability Officer of North American operations for BC-based LUSH Cosmetics and Director of Industry Relations for the Non-GMO Project. She has an MBA with a concentration in Sustainable Business Management and undergraduate degrees in Environmental Economics and International Relations.


Chris Weir

Head Cider Maker
Chris was formerly the original cider maker for Finnriver Cidery, and was most recently a brewer for Port Townsend Brewing Co. He has won awards for his creative and sophisticated ciders. He is young, innovative and passionate about the craft industry. He has 12 years of experience in craft cider, beer, wine and champagne production. He is best known for the creation of the “Habanero” cider.

Deron Belt

Operations & Administrative Director

Deron is an entrepreneur with nearly two decades of operations experience. He is a devout appreciator of apples, Billy Murray and Big Chief writing tablets. Hailing from the Midwest, Deron brought his family (and his love of the Royals) to Bellingham many years ago. Right now, he’s just super excited to help Herb’s Cider reach more taste buds.

Charles Matthews

Pacific NW Sales Manager

Charles has been a sales rep and sales manager for 15 years. He is the point of contact for all retail and on-premise cider accounts. He is a biker, a hiker and a candlestick maker…. (just kidding on that last part). He is an amazing wood worker and can refurbish the heck out of your furniture, if you let him.

Tyler Kennedy

Logistics Supervisor

Tyler came to Herb’s with 22 years of logistics and sales experience. When Tyler heard about Tim’s (Herb’s) endeavor into the craft cider world, he felt a buzz that was reminiscent of the 90’s music scene and felt like it was time to let the creative juices flow! Tyler loves that he gets to work aside good people and represent a cider that is second to none.

Kevin Weir

Assistant Cider Maker

Kevin’s dad was a bee keeper, and started him off early in life making honey mead. He then graduated to pressing apples and making cider, the old fashioned way. He is the production floor staple for filling tanks, pressing, kegging and canning. He loves to make (and drink) only exceptional alcohol.

Melissa Furnari

Administrative Manager

Melissa is the nuts and bolts of Herb’s. She manages online sales, human resources, financial matters and so much more for the HC team. Melissa came to Herb’s after a long career in veterinary medicine, and was needing a big change. She is a fan of cider, dry humor, office cats and clean desktops.

Ashley McRae

Industry Relations

Ashley came to Herb’s at it’s inception. She is in charge of all things industry. She loves hanging out with people and drinking cider, so she’s well suited for the job. When you can’t find her drinking in our tasting room, you’ll find her at the summit of a really, really big mountain somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

Anna Miltenberger

Tasting Room Manager

Anna, our Tasting Room Manager, has been working in the restaurant industry for 13 years. She feels strongly about serving quality products and providing an amazing customer experience. In her spare time she can be found wrangling a toddler or curled up with a good book… of course, a stellar glass of cider/wine in hand.

Charlie Alexander

Cider House Dog

Charlie is our mascot. She roams the floors of our production facility, our offices, our tasting room and our hearts. She’s also lovingly known to the HC team as “Coffee Table” and “1/2-Barrel”.