Sean Lilly Wilson is owner and Chief Executive Optimist of Durham, NC-based Fullsteam, a “plow to pint” brewery and tavern. Since its opening in 2010, Fullsteam seeks to pioneer a Southern Beer Economy through the act of commerce, fostering economic opportunity for farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs in a post-tobacco South.
Sean’s passion for connecting local food systems to the Southern beer economy earned him two James Beard Foundation semi-finalist honors in the Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional category.