Noble Shepherd Craft Brewery is owned and operated by husband and wife; Tony and Jessica Moringello of Macedon, New York. Tony is originally from Penfield, New York, where he got his start as chef at the Legacy Senior Living Home. Jessica is originally from Phelps, New York where she has been teaching third grade for the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District since 2010. Tony and Jessica have two young sons, Samuel and Benjamin whose names or actions have inspired some of the names of beers on tap.
Head brewer, Tony worked as the executive chef at The Legacy; a senior living community in Penfield, New York for 5 years. Tony’s knowledge of ingredients and flavors that he cooked with at his job is where many of his inspirations for beer recipes often come from. Growing up in an Italian house, Tony’s parents also educated him in influential ingredients and cooking techniques which started his ability to be creative with flavor in many dishes at an early age.
Tony has been home brewing since 2012. The idea to start Noble Shepherd Craft Brewery came from a cooking competition fundraiser for the Pirate Toy Fund that Tony participated in every spring at his job. At one particular fundraiser in 2013, Tony was asked to create a dish representing ingredients from France. Using that as a guideline Tony created a champagne-infused beer to pair with his French food dish. The beer ended up being the hit of the competition and people were coming up asking where they could buy his beer and requesting to buy cases of it! Realizing the demand for his beer and his ability to create food and drink with unique flavors the idea to open a brewery began.
The name Noble Shepherd comes from a special place in our lives. The “Noble” in Noble Shepherd represents the beer that Tony researched and was first inspired to brew by; it is a beer made by Dog Fish Head Brewing Company named Noble Rot. This beer is created using grape musk that comes from the grapes that fall off the vine and cannot be used to make the wine. Noble Rot is one of Tony and Jessica’s favorite brews to this day! The “Shepherd” part of the name is significant in that while living on Shepherd Street in the city of Rochester Tony and Jessica discovered their faith in God and following Jesus as their shepherd is what has led them to this idea in the first place. Therefore, great beer paired with great faith led them to start Noble Shepherd!
Noble Shepherd is run by Tony who serves at the head brew master and manager of the tasting room. The tasting room is also run by a handful of local people who love our beer and make everyone feel welcome. The business would not be possible without all the help they have received from their local family and friends. The local community have been a huge part of the success of the business and what makes the place feel like home to new and returning visitors.