Co-Founder & President
Balance is a key ingredient to any well-crafted beer or meal – as well as any finely-tuned business – and that’s what Dara brings to Tidal Creek. Full of grit and class, with a whole lot of hard work and sass (as any respectable Jersey girl would be!), Dara is the heart of Tidal Creek. Her tough-love spirit infuses Tidal Creek Brewhouse with the passion and dedication it takes to go beyond quality in everything they do.
With 25+ years of business expertise in marketing, operations and general management, she knows how to get things done. And she knows how to create an authentic Lowcountry experience people will love from start to finish, every time.
Dara’s dream is to make Tidal Creek a key part of the community – both as a frequent gathering place and as a local business that supports important causes, like veterans, animals and the environment.
When Dara’s not a Tidal Creek Brewhouse, you’ll likely find her walking or training her ‘baby,’ Argus, the sweetest Doberman you’ll ever meet. When you visit the taproom, say hello to Dara and let her know what causes you’re passionate about.
Adrian’s love for craft beer started during his time in the U.S. Army while stationed in Germany. Inspired by the quality of German beer and the community-focused “beer gardens,” his brewery dream began.
He’s been homebrewing for 10 years, scouting countless craft breweries along the way and planning his brewery/taproom concept with the idea of creating an experience for our customers. Now, his plan has come to fruition.
At Tidal Creek Brewhouse, Adrian is the nuts-and-bolts, get-it-done-the-right-way guy. Focused on corporate development and sales, he also provides operational and financial oversight for the business.
Seasoned with 30+ years of hard core, fast-paced, business experience across multiple industries, Adrian understands the importance of creating a tight business model. His goal is to provide Tidal Creek Brewhouse guests the best customer experience possible while ensuring Tidal Creek Brewhouse employees thrive in a rewarding work environment.
When he’s not at Tidal Creek Brewhouse, you can find Adrian working out or spending time with his family (including his fur-baby, Argus).
Next time you visit Tidal Creek Brewhouse, ask Adrian about his collection of beer bottles!
Fascinated by the brewing process, Patrick is a scientist and an artist. He leads all brewing at Tidal Creek Brewhouse, and his passion is to build a community around well-crafted beer brewed with integrity, imagination and innovation. A master of core styles and enthusiastic explorer of novel flavors, Patrick is a quality-focused leader with 16+ years of experience and numerous award-winning beers.
With a Master’s in Biology and a Doctorate in Marine Sciences, Patrick’s early work in that arena took him to Florida, Australia and the Bahamas – where he experienced a lot of different breweries near the ocean. Making Myrtle Beach a perfect fit.
Before joining Tidal Creek Brewhouse, Patrick’s experience includes several award-winning breweries from Florida to California. He most recently served as Director of Quality at Figueroa Mountain Brewing (Buellton, CA), where he and the brewing team won many prestigious awards, including back-to-back gold medals at the World Beer Cup and standing as the most award-winning brewery at the Great American Beer Fest.
Stop by Tidal Creek Brewhouse and meet Patrick. Ask him about sailing across the Atlantic in a 42’ sloop, logging 1,000 scuba dives or living under water for 10 days straight. He’s a very interesting Brewmaster indeed.
Tidal Creek is proud to introduce our official Brewhouse Dog, Argus – the gentlest Doberman you’ll ever meet!
He’s been raised visiting Craft Breweries with his parents (Dara & Adrian) – so he’s the perfect Brewhouse dog. Argus loves greeting people and, even more so, helping take care of them. He’s simply the best working dog on Earth!
Argus’s impressive resume includes:
In his work as a Service Animal, he detects Migraines for his mom, Dara, which is truly amazing. Be sure to introduce yourself to Argus when you visit Tidal Creek Brewhouse – he’ll be glad to meet you and become your fur baby, too!
Mike is excited about his partnership with Tidal Creek Brewhouse and thrilled to bring his favorite kind of craft brew into the mix – roasted coffee. His focus on curating fresh beans and precision brewing techniques bring coffee to life that permeates the senses.
Nearly 10 years ago, Mike and his wife, TJ, started The Roasted Bean – the first non-mass, freshly roasted premium coffee shop in Myrtle Beach. Their love for people and the community grew just as did the popularity of their coffee. The shop became a place of friends, first dates, proposals and many business meetings and partnerships.
In 2019, the partnership between The Roasted Bean and Tidal Creek began – bringing two premium craft brews together for the community.
To Mike, the perfect cup of coffee has warmth, patience, complexity and layered flavors that tell the story of its origin. Be sure to ask him how he detects the nuances of coffees grown nearby… or about the hot air popcorn popper that started it all.
How often in life does a major mix up (or divine intervention, if you ask Carlton!) turn into something as positively life-altering as what happened when Carlton joined the Army (hooah!)? Upon enlisting, Carlton was convinced he wanted to be a mechanic but through a coding mistake, he was slotted to become an Army cook instead. Quickly weighing the odds, he agreed that being indoors in the Army kitchen might be a more desirable option, and from there his love of the culinary arts began to bake.
It all started with broccoli. At the time, Carlton had never eaten it, nor was he convinced he wanted to as, according to him, it looked like little green brains! But when they showed the cooks how to properly prepare, season, sauce and pair the broccoli with other dishes, Carlton was hooked. His fascination with how a chef can take fresh, raw ingredients and blend them with just the right amount of seasonings, then toss with a dash of patience, has grown ten-fold since that time. But Carlton has one key ingredient that he uses in every dish he prepares: love.
Growing up in a small town in South Carolina, Carlton was surrounded by a tight knit, loving family (including his nine brothers and sisters!) and extended community ‘family.’ When you visit, be sure to ask him how fast word would travel home if he got into something he wasn’t supposed to in the neighborhood! For every meal, there were always multiple people in the kitchen, and the mouthwatering smells would permeate throughout the house, creating signature memories of his childhood. To this day, Carlton believes that food equates to family and love, and it’s this kind of love that he will put into every dish served at Tidal Creek! If you get the chance, don’t miss his irresistible white chocolate bread pudding!
When Carlton isn’t in the kitchen at Tidal Creek, you’ll find him at church, working out or taking a leisurely bike ride around town. Be sure to introduce yourself – he’ll be sure to brighten your day!
Meet Tidal Creek’s Taproom manager, Barb
Family matters. Barb was born in Maryland as the third of four sisters (which was great except when they stole each other’s clothes!), with a doting mom and a father in the Air Force and International Guard. Given her dad’s service, their family moved around A LOT while she was growing up. When it was time for Barb to settle on her own, she didn’t hesitate to plant her roots back in Maryland with her friends and family, including her daughter and son. But like many families do, everyone started spreading out to different areas. Her father retired and settled in the Myrtle Beach area, as well as one of her sisters.
Twists and turns in Barb’s life and career led her to consider next steps such as career and family, so when she consulted with her late mother’s picture as to what to do, the stars aligned and signs appeared all around! Her dad called her right after asking for help, she missed her sister, she wanted her son to be around family, another brewery job was opening in the area and she really loved the beach. Although it was bittersweet, Barb picked up and moved from Maryland to Myrtle Beach (along with her son, a one-eyed cat, three snakes and a lizard!) to start her new role at Tidal Creek Brewhouse and their new lives.
The beach has always been in Barb’s blood; her favorite childhood memory is one of floating in the ocean and riding the waves with her dad. But that isn’t the only thing he taught her: Barb is fun-loving and just wants to be the ultimate host at TCB to ensure it is everyone’s happy place. Her sense of openness, non-judgment, love for life and spontaneity make her the perfect fit for creating an inviting atmosphere at TCB. To her, everyone is welcome!
When Barb isn’t at TCB, you’ll likely find her taking yoga for fitness and relaxation, which may come in handy considering her son is beginning to drive! Be sure to introduce yourself when you come in as strengthening bonds with her family-including her new TCB family-is what matters most to her!
Meet Tidal Creek’s Operations Analyst, Michael
Let’s talk golf. Why golf, you ask? Well, this game has had a significant impact on
Michael throughout his life, and has helped cultivate him into the unique and talented person he is today. Growing up, Michael spent much of his time playing sports, especially golf with his grandfather. Further, golf is partially what led Michael to South Carolina in the first place, and to pursuing his PGA card and degree. Fundamentally, he lives his life a lot like the game. For any of you who have ever played, you get it, right? Frustration, timing, patience, practice, determination, studying and thinking ahead, all play into mastering this lifelong learning. Then that moment when you connect, you are hooked, and this is exactly what happened when he began his work at Tidal Creek Brewhouse!
Love of family, learning, and a strong work ethic are inherent to who Michael is. Growing up in Long Island, NY, where his extended family surrounded him, literally on all sides with yards connected by gates, Michael watched how hard his parents worked in their business to provide a happy home mixed with fun, family vacations for he and his two younger brothers. Watching this dedication to family instilled an unusually enthusiastic work ethic and love for learning in him (ask him about being an entrepreneur at 14!) that he’ll readily admit drives him every day to go above and beyond, and to keep learning something new every day. Although he is far from home, Michael knew when he went away to school he wanted to land somewhere warm, and the coast of South Carolina definitely fit that bill for him!
In a world where most want to take an easy path, Michael is always going to choose the other direction. He values time and relationships, but doesn’t seem to ever stop
working, whether it’s to learn new technology, a POS system or to physically work out. He craves data, and enjoys challenging himself to use that knowledge to perfect a process or implement something new both personally and professionally. But all the while, Michael remains laid back and humble with a good sense of humor, a quiet zest for life and big dreams! If you visit the brewhouse, be sure to take a moment to meet Michael – his infectious personality will have you hooked, just like that first great golf shot!