Meet the Minds Behind Melvin


Jeremy Tofte 

Co-Founder / Field Hoperative

Jeremy, like all good modern day drinkers, is all heart & soul when it comes to craftbeer. He founded Thai Me Up restaurant in Jackson Hole, WY in 2000.  He was working as a waiter in the current Thai Me Up space and just like most restaurants in the most expensive town in America, it went under. Being the hustler that he is, he talked the landlord into giving him the keys to the space.  After painting the walls and learning Thai food, he opened and immediately started ruining people’s vacations by playing loud hip hop and Kung Fu while having fun at work. 

Fast Forward six years:  After the town of Jackson refused to give him a liquor license for the 4th time to start his dream brewery and instead kept giving them to the 1%, he sold TMU on Ebay (yep) and spent the next two years surfing in New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia. But the good lord would not let the dream end there!  Just like most restaurants in the most expensive town in America, Thai Me Up went under and the landlord called him up and gave him the place back!  No shit?  Amazing.  Selling his 1984 Mercedes wagon to pay for a 20 gallon brewing system, he reopened Thai Me Up as a brewery and started the swing towards Melvin in 2009. 

Jeremy was born in Montana, and grew up in both Oregon and Northwest, WA where he began working at a beer distributorship in High School.  Jeremy made the mistake of going to college in Bend which only made his snowboarding and “microbrew” habit worse. He later received his degree from Portland State in some mundane subject as we all know that is the easiest school in Oregon. After some years in Portland, and chasing pow all over the Western US, he moved to Jackson Hole in 1995 where his life has been crumbling underneath him ever since. His other interests include making fun of bad brewery names. Jeremy is entirely committed to having the most fun, brewing the best beer, and making the most people laugh on any given day.

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