Ferdinand McAdoo - Head Brewer
Ferdinand took the reigns of Head Brewer in November 2016.
After achieving a degree in Managerial Finance from East Carolina State University and a stint in corporate finance with Booz Allen Hamilton, Ferdinand shed the corporate world for his passion in brewing. Ferdinand began his brewing career by attending Brewlab at The University of Sunderland in the England. After graduating from Brewlab, Ferdinand brewed at Capitol City Brewing Company in Arlington, Virginia for 2 years prior to joining the opening team at Ornery Beer Company in 2015. As a brewer with Ornery Beer Company, Ferdinand was integral to the the brewing team that helped us win Silver Medals at the Virginia Craft Brewer's Competition for Light of Cologne Kolsch and GoGo Gose, and then the ultimate brewing award, a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for our Light of Cologne Kolsch.
Executive Chef Sandy Freeman
Born and raised by a restaurateur, Sandy has being a Chef in her blood. Sandy's father had three restaurants local to Virginia and Sandy was forever in the kitchen and under his feet. Classically trained at Volunteer State in Tennesse and apprenticing at the Gaylord Opry Land Hotel, Sandy's passion is in Southern cuisine and beer alike. Always calling the East Coast home, Sandy has opened award winning restaurants including Claire's at the Depot in Warrenton, cultivated up and coming chefs and entrepreneurs, guided Sous Chefs through their culinary journey, and along the way has built a reputation of integrity, consistency and ingenuity.
OWNER & FOUNDER
Randy has been a life long restaurant owner & operator as well as craft beer enthusiast. First owning & operating a Domino’s Pizza franchise in Wayne, NJ from 1991-2000, Randy desired to move into full service casual dining. Having been a fan and customer of Hard Times Café since the early 80’s, Randy opened the Hard Times Café in Woodbridge, VA in 2001, bringing to Woodbridge one of the first extensive craft beer programs to the town. Heck, no one knew what that “Arrogant Bastard Ale” was back prior to the craft beer explosion of the last few years! Beginning in 2001 Randy also began traveling to Europe & around the U.S. to visit breweries to get to know and understand the craft & premium beer market. After opening the Hard Times Café in Manassas in 2008 with business partner Chris McNulty, Randy teamed up with Bill Madden and partner Rick Garvin to help found and open Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church, VA in 2010.
In 2014, realizing that Woodbridge really needed its own brewpub and that Northern Virginia needed a more casual style of brewpub, Randy developed Ornery Beer Company & Public House and set up to find the best team to bring you an outstanding guest experience.