OUR TEAM

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Yancy Bodenstein

The Meadmaker

Yancy has been making mead and home brewing for the last seventeen years in Gaithersburg, MD. He has a scientific background in chemistry and epidemiology.  His interest in mead began at several Renaissance Festivals and since then, he has won local, national, and international awards for his meads. He is excited to introduce this craft beverage and become a part of the local Gaithersburg business community.

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Manisha Eigner

Business Operations

Manisha is a former biotechnology industry professional and a military spouse. She inherited her family’s entrepreneurial spirit and has been eager to start a small business. For the past year she has channeled her energy setting up Clear Skies Meadery.  She has lived in Korea, the Pacific Northwest and North Carolina where she enjoyed learning about the local cuisines and building new communities.

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Steven Bugenske

Taproom Manager

Steven is an 8 year Air Force veteran. He completed his B.A. at Tennessee State and is currently pursuing a masters degree at Georgetown for Marketing. Before joining the military, he was a bartender in South Florida and fell back into the industry after he separated. He remains actively involved with veterans being a committee member for a non-profit which reintegrates vets into their community through the arts. 

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Rea

Assistant Brewer

David is an aspiring brewer and craft mead and beer fanatic. He got his start home brewing in 2018 with his best friend and Clear Skies assistant brewer, Jacob Latour. Since then, David has brewed and assisted in brewing over 40 batches of beer, cider, and mead in dozens of different styles. He is a member of BURP homebrew club. He is excited to join the Clear Skies hive and create a buzz over their beelitious mead!

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Jacob
Latour

Assistant Brewer

Jacob took multiple classes in food fermentation, brewing, and wine making at Juniata College. After college he worked in environmental consulting and research while also pursuing his passion for home-brewing.  He naturally jumped on the opportunity to contact Manisha and Yancy when he heard that they were opening Clear Skies. Besides brewing, Jacob enjoys cooking, disc golfing, wood working, and spending time with his family.