Who We Are

David Hartogs, President/Founder

David 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.

Richard Hartogs, Executive Vice President/Co-Founder

Twin brother of David. After running a multimedia business for 14 years, Richard left that industry to pursue his passion, craft beer.  For the last four years, Richard has led craft beer tours, tastings, and happy hours throughout the Washington, DC/Northern Virginia area, while working part-time at various breweries, learning more about distribution networks, 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.

Jennifer Showell-Hartogs, Founding Partner

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).

Russell Carpenter, P.h.D, Head Brewer

Our head brewer, resident scientist, and self-described beer geek. In addition to being a Beer Judge Certified Program – Certified Beer Judge, he has both a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, from Auburn University. He has home brewed and professionally brewed for more than a decade in Alabama, New York, Oregon, Australia, and Massachusetts. Before moving to the Northern Virginia, He helped launch two breweries including True West Brewing, in Acton, Massachusetts, joining as 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, exciting, true-to-style brews. He is constantly researching beer styles, new ingredients, and different techniques to produce beer of the highest quality for our customers.  

Nate Sephton, Assistant Brewer

Matt Foran, Tasting Room Manager

Our Tasting Room Manager, comes to Rocket Frog with over 10+ years of Hospitality experience. Matt is also grew up in Delaware, more specifically in the Newark/Wilmington area, working and managing at various hotels and craft beer bars through his career. Matt moved to Northern Virginia in the Spring of 2016 to pursue a career in a craft brewery. After a brief stint as a manager at the Lost Rhino Retreat, Matt was hired on as our tasting room manager in March of 2018. Matt brings is invaluable knowledge of guest relations and hospitality, along with his vast knowledge of craft beer to our wonderful tasting room staff and more importantly, our guests!