The Team Behind the Beer

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Sam Gotschall

(Tap Room Manager)

I was born and raised in Columbus, Ne. I attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln majoring in Psychology. I have been a member of the Backswing team for a little over a year and a half now. I am not in the taproom you can find me on the brewery side helping Cory and Pat with production. In my free time, I enjoy going out with the boys and playing rounds of golf or traveling to Omaha and Columbus to visit family and friends. My favorite Backswing brew is without a doubt the Over Par IPA or on a cold day the Oatmeal Stout hits the spot.

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Alex Grove

(Social Media/Tap Room/Special Events)

I am brand new to the Backswing Family, I work in the taprroom as well as run the social media accounts. I am originally from Omaha and a FT elementary school teacher. My favorite Backswing beer is Citra Kolsch.

If you are looking for me, you can find me either bartending in our taproom or at beer festivals around Lincoln and Omaha promoting Backswing!

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Janay Berks

(Brand Ambassador/Special Events)

Hi, my name is Janay Thompson born and raised in Lincoln, NE. I am recently married to my husband, Tim and we have two daughters Jalaya and Ashanti. I am a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Nutrition, Exercise and Health sciences. My hobbies include drinking a nice cold Backspin and finding my husband’s keys. I would prefer to be somewhere on the beach, but the taproom will have to do for now.  

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Ava Leininger

(Brand Ambassador/Special Events)

Hi! My name is Ava Leininger, and I am a Secondary English Education major at the University of Nebraska. I'm from Aurora, NE, and I have two amazing parents and seven crazy siblings, one of them is my identical twin (pictured here with me at her wedding). After I graduate in May, I plan to continue teaching English here in Lincoln, NE. My hobbies include reading, singing, and keeping the boys of Backswing in line!

My favorite beer is Backswing’s Brown Ale.

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Laura Hilkemann

(Marketing & Special Events)

Hi! My name is Laura Hilkemann and I am a Spanish teacher at Waverly High School. I grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska and moved to Lincoln to attend the University. I enjoy coaching Cross Country and Track, as well as being a fitness instructor at Good Life Fitness. In my free time you can find me either at the gym, outdoors or cooking. I am also a proud fur-mama of two adorable pups, Charlie and Piper. I also love traveling, exploring the world and meeting new people.

My favorite Backswing Beer is the Bugeater’s Goalden Ale or the Wheat.

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Taylor Seeley

(Brand Ambassador/Special Events)

I am a senior Civil Engineering major at UNL from Omaha. I bring to the Backswing team three years of craft beer service experience as a bartender/server and have some previous Cicerone training. In my free time I also enjoy homebrewing with my dad Matt, who taught me most of what he knows about the brewing process. Taylor uses this knowledge to interact with customers and tell the story of all of our brews!

Fun fact: I am WAY better than Sam at Golden Tee


Delaynie Field

(Brand Ambassador/Special Events)

I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. I am a student at UNL, obtaining a degree in chemistry in hopes to attend dental school here soon. One of my favorite things to do is climb "14ers," mountains that stand above 14,000 feet; however, since NE doesn't have mountains, I'll just have to drink some Backswing beer in the meantime.

Little does everyone know, I only drink one Backswing (1/2) beer, but I'm working on it-lol.