Jeff spent the better part of two decades working as an international relations professional prior to co-founding Schilling Beer Co. Despite working in a field that he loved, he could never shake the dream of brewing European-inspired beers together with his family.
Jeff joined forces in 2012 with his best friend, brothers, and dad to extensively research locations for their brewery in Northern NH and VT. After reviewing over a dozen potential sites, they settled on Littleton as Schilling’s home. With its vibrant Main St, authentic community feel and the unparalleled natural beauty of the White Mountains, the decision was an easy one. There, Jeff and his partners renovated a circa 1797 grist mill on the banks of the Ammonoosuc River, in collaboration with Renaissance Mills Littleton, and Schilling Beer Co. was born. Jeff’s wife, Monica, designed the brewpub’s interior and is also responsible for the Scandinavian-inspired look of their new (2018) production facility and store.
Beyond Schilling, Jeff is a leading advocate for independent New Hampshire breweries and active in public service. He serves as President of the New Hampshire Brewers Association (NHBA); as a Governor C. Sununu appointee to the state’s Commission on Demographic Trends; as a Community College System of New Hampshire trustee; and he was selected in 2019 to represent the NHBA on the state’s Commission on Beer, Wine and Liquor Tourism. He is also active locally with the board of Littleton Main St Inc., a non-profit that exists to promote small business, local charitable initiatives and to perpetuate the success of Littleton’s one-of-a-kind downtown.
Jeff holds undergraduate degrees in political science and religious studies from Wheaton College and Michigan State University (respectively), and an MLitt in international security studies from the University of St Andrews, where he also conducted PhD research (ABD). He is widely published on terrorism and international security matters, including a 2013 co-authored congressional testimony to the US House Armed Services Committee. He also served as research associate at the University of St Andrews and George Mason University.
When he isn’t enjoying John’s beers, Jeff can be found fly-fishing, hunting or exploring the North Country with his wife and daughters, where they have proudly resided since 2005.