Our Team

Bob and Lise Dews, Whiteside Brewing Company, Cashiers, North Carolina

Meet The Owners

We are Bob and Lise (pronounced Lisa) Dews. We gave up the big city and corporate life in 1995 to move to Cashiers, NC. Our twin daughters, born in 1993, were a big reason for wanting this lifestyle change. We purchased The Laurelwood Inn and have been innkeepers ever since. When the property adjoining our inn came up for sale, it was a natural extension to develop it for use as a restaurant and brewery.

Meet Brewmeister, Dieter Kuhn

Dieter Kuhn is our master brewer at Whiteside Brewing Co. Dieter’s passion for brewing quality Bavarian-style beers is unparalleled. He and his wife owned and operated their own brewery for 13 years and pioneered craft brewing in Western North Carolina.
Master Brewer Dieter Kuhn, Whiteside Brewing Company, Cashiers, North Carolina
Chef Andy Ellis, Whiteside Brewing Company, Cashiers, North Carolina

Meet Executive Chef, Andy Ellis

Andy Ellis was raised in western Michigan. He has always had an interest in what chefs around the world were creating. This interest turned into a passion for cooking which eventually lead to him attending Johnson & Wales University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and an associate’s degree in culinary arts.

After graduation, Andy purposefully traveled around the country to various regions to closely study the local ingredients and preparation methods being used there. He even spent time in Hawaii to specifically learn the various ways to prepare fresh fish. During this time Andy became the executive chef for several excellent restaurants and country clubs.

On the rare times when Andy is not in the kitchen you might find him on the golf course or relaxing and watching sports on TV, especially if Notre Dame is playing football! Andy is excited to be joining the Whiteside Brewing team and is already working on creating an excellent menu that will complement the amazing beers Dieter Kuhn will be brewing.