Little Mike and the Tornadoes | Halpatter Brewing Company

This powerhouse blues and rock n’ roll band from New York City is led by singer, songwriter, producer, and harp master, Mike Markowitz. The band is well-known for its flawless, high energy blues sound, modeled after the great Chicago bands of the 50’s.

They have played nearly every major metropolitan area in the United States and Canada, some of the toughest hangouts, as well as the most sophisticated stages in the world, never straying from their course of delivering hard back alley blues and rough rock and roll. Little Mike, is a mean harmonica player who cut his teeth in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s, backing up legendary Bluesmen Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, and Jimmy Rogers. He then moved to Florida, and continued to perform and record through to the early 2000’s.

In the summer of 2013, the original concept of Halpatter Brewing Company was conceived by beer afficionados, home brewers, and brothers-in-law Chris Candler and Jeremy Gable over beers, in a pool, at a family birthday party. Though the desire and dedication were present, the idea never progressed past a dream because the two simply did not possess the entire set of necessary abilities. Fast forward two years to May 2015 when, by happenstance, Chris learned of fellow home brewer Jonny Frazier and contacted him in hopes of finding another local brewer interested in sharing thoughts and techniques. Though the intent was never to open a brewery, after several brewing sessions, the three became fast friends and realized that they created a dynamic team, each with a different but vital set of skills: with Chris as a long time business owner, Jonny as an engineer, and Jeremy as a graphic designer. And with the introduction of Jonny’s passion, extensive knowledge of automated manufacturing processes, and unwavering attention to detail, the quality and reproducibility of the now formed venture’s offerings skyrocketed. Public interest began to grow almost immediately and within months Halpatter was accepting invitations to attend tasting and charity events and festivals. These invitations culminated this past April with Halpatter’s attendance at the Hogtown Craft Beer Festival, a popular annual event in Gainesville, Florida which features over 110 local, national, and international breweries and an annual attendance of 1,600. The future looks extremely bright for Halpatter Brewing and the guys look forward to pursuing their passion of brewing great beer and seeking opportunities to positively impact their neighbors and visitors alike.