Founders

Get to Know the People Behind the Beer


All of the partners have a connection to craft beer and Lexington, KY, although the paths they took to get here are quite different. Take a moment to get to know each of the founders better and understand the people behind the beer at Blue Stallion Brewing Co.

Kore Donnelly

Kore Donnelly

Chief Financial/Marketing Officer/Brewer

Kore Donnelly was born and raised in Lexington and spent his childhood living a mile from where the brewery now stands. With a love for craft beer, beer brewing, and a background in business – Kore has been working toward opening a brewery in Lexington for several years.

As a Lexington native, Kore is excited to be involved in adding to the already dynamic and inviting culture of this city. Kore is involved in many aspects of the business from brewing to marketing, running the tasting room, and keeping the books. Kore attended the University of Kentucky for both his bachelor’s and graduate degrees.

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Jim Clemons

Jim Clemons

Operations Manager/Brewer

Jim has been brewing beer since his college days in the early 80’s. He found the biochemistry interesting and went on to earn a chemical engineering degree. He had to put his hobby on hold to earn a living, designing explosive, fertilizer, and petrochemical plants for 20 years before returning to Kentucky to work for a local company.

“Life has been interesting to say the least, but my real passion is the science of making beer. ”

Jim has a wife and child who are the center of his life.

“I think many people go through life with misplaced priorities. I’m thankful first for my loving family, and secondly for the opportunity to do work I really enjoy.”

Although Kentucky-born, Jim has spent most of his life elsewhere. He’s glad to be back, and wants Lexingtonians to enjoy fresh, locally-made, and diverse beer options.

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Zac Donnelly

Zac Donnelly

Partner

Zac Donnelly, a graphic designer, artist and fine arts teacher by trade, has enjoyed learning the art of creating craft beer. He grew up in downtown Lexington and is looking forward to contributing to the revitalization of his old neighborhood.

Zac graduated from Georgetown College in 2003, majoring in Art Education while also playing men’s soccer for the Tigers. He received his Masters in 2010 at the University of Kentucky in Educational Leadership and plans to someday move from the classroom to an administrative role.

For the past 10 years, Zac has worked as a high school Fine Arts teacher and head boys soccer and wrestling coach. He recently joined the ranks of fatherhood and loves spending time with his wife, son, and daughter.

His interest in craft beer was first sparked several years ago by his brother Kore. When the opportunity to be involved in the local craft beer scene presented itself Zac jumped at the prospect of going into business with his brothers.

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Xavier Donnelly

Xavier Donnelly

Partner

Xavier Donnelly is also a product of Lexington, KY. An IT Project Manager by trade, Xavier attended the University of Kentucky where he earned his bachelors in business and economics and his masters of business administration. He fell into the craft beer scene when his brother, Kore Donnelly, started home brewing years ago.

“I love craft beer and the type of entrepreneurial spirit it represents. When you make good beer, you’re creating something at the local level people are excited about and want to be a part of.”

Xavier’s background in website administration and internet marketing allow him to spread the word about Blue Stallion Brewing Co. both online and off. He’s passionate about local business in Lexington and thinks it’s a dream come true to start a business so close to where he grew up downtown.

When he’s not at his day job or working at the brewery, Xavier loves spending time with his family. He lives with his partner in crime, Karrie, and their two beautiful daughters in Lexington.

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Nico Shulz

Nico Schulz

Partner

From an early age, Nico was exposed to the beer culture while growing up in a small town in northern Germany near Hamburg. He built the foundation for his interest in brewing science while working as a laboratory assistant in Quality Control, for one of the largest food processing plants in Germany. Also, Nico was able to gain unique hands on experience at a small regional brewery while living in Germany. On his gut instinct, Nico decided to move to Lexington, KY to attend the University of Kentucky where he majored in Food Science.

“The small apartment I lived in during my freshmen and sophomore year was soon taken over by brew kettles and kegs and my roommate and I brewed beer every time we had the chance.”

While attending UK, Nico traveled back and forth between Lexington and Chicago, Illinois to attend the Siebel Institute of Technology, which specializes in brewing science. Later, Nico obtained his Bachelor’s degree in food science in December 2012, but he knew opening a brewery wasn’t too far in the distance!

“I am ecstatic to introduce the people of Kentucky to the beer styles that have been popular in my home country for several centuries. I love the craft beer movement and love a good IPA but in my eyes, there’s nothing better than a delicious, easy–to-drink lager that can be enjoyed with close friends.”

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