President/Founder. David Hartogs has passion for craft beer that started when he was a freshman in college with the largest bottle collection Ohio University has ever seen. He started dreaming of this project over 6 years ago after visiting great breweries all over the country and decided this is what he wants to do when he grows up. Born in Washington, DC and living in Northern Virginia most of his life, he is excited to bring Rocket Frog Brewing Company to Sterling. David Hartogs bring 15 years of marketing, sales, vendor relationships, and management in the business and nonprofit world
Executive Vice President/Co-Founder, Richard Hartogs twin brother of David, will focus on outside sale/accounts, and will be the point person for distribution channels. After running a multimedia business for 14 years, Richard Hartogs left that industry to pursue his passion: craft beer. He worked part-time various breweries, running tastings in the field and learning more about distribution networks. For the last four years, Richard has led craft beer tours, tastings, and happy hours throughout the Washington, DC area, building relationships with the most prominent figures in the local craft beer industry. Richard’s passion for beer and networking skills have made him one of the most recognizable beer experts in the DC/Virginia area.
Head Brewer – Russell Carpenter- Our head brewer, resident scientist, and self-described beer geek. In addition to being a BJCP Certified Beer judge, he has both a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. He has home brewed and professionally brewed for more than a decade in Alabama, New York, Oregon, Australia, and Massachusetts. After his wife accepted a position at a local university he moved to Northern Virginia in July, accepting the position at Rocket Frog. He helped launch two breweries including his latest True West Brewing and was their head brewer for 2 years before making the leap to Rocket Frog. Russell brings his passion for beer and brewing science to Rocket Frog and uses his analytical background to create new and exciting brews. He is constantly researching beer styles, new ingredients, and different techniques to produce beer of the highest quality for our customers.
Founding Partner: Jennifer Showell-Hartogs. Jenn, David’s wife, is Rocket Frog’s founding partner, chief beer taster, and head proofreader. Jenn is a Delaware native who moved to the DC metro area in 2002 for her career in foreign affairs. She is an avid traveler who has enjoyed sampling beers in 50 countries across six continents (and counting).