Michael is a United States Navy active duty Chief Warrant Officer. While active, he completed his associate degree in business management and another in marine engineering from Coastline Community College.
Michael always wanted to open a brewery, even before craft beer was cool. Before he could master the art of brewing, he joined the Navy. “Four years turned into a career and the brewery had to wait. I come from a family of Brewers and home brewers, so it has been a passion and family legacy for me,” says Stacks.
He wasn’t going to let a little thing like actively defending the country stand in the way of his dream. With the help of his wife, he opened a production craft brewery in Norfolk, VA, called Bold Mariner. “We produce most of our beer for local restaurants and bars, but we also have a tasting room in the brewery where you can come and enjoy one of our beers right where it was made. You might even see us making it when you’re there,” says Stacks.
Michael attended a transition workshop on the East coast, where The Jonas Project presented. Michael has been working with The Jonas Project since.
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