Our Team

A chance to build something new in a town built on bourbon.

Our founders realized there was a piece missing in Bardstown. Being the Bourbon Capital of the World meant there was already a strong foundation of distilleries and brewing culture, but nothing that celebrated the craft of craft beer. We decided to change that.

Lee Northcutt

Head Brewer

Lee, formerly Head Brewer at Marker 48 Brewing in Weeki Wachee, Florida, first discovered craft beer while working at Mellow Mushroom. He landed his first brewery job in 2013. While there, he ingrained himself into every aspect of the business from beertending to distribution. His love and knowledge of brewing grew over the years and has since had the opportunity to brew many different styles of beer across many projects, including quite a few barrel aged. Lee is very excited about the opportunity to bring his experience and knowledge to Bardstown’s first ever craft brewery.

“My approach to brewing is to explore traditional styles, while at the same time continually pushing the envelope.”

—Lee Northcutt, Head Brewer

 

Clayton Elliott

Executive Chef

Clayton Elliot was studying to become an architect at the University of Kentucky when a mission trip to Ethiopia made him realize he had passion for food and creating unique dishes. This experience challenged his “dream” of being an architect, and after traveling abroad for several years, he was certain that food was his calling. “It allows me to express my faith and my love for others – I love what I do and I love why I do it.” While simple and approachable, Clayton’s menu aims to push guests to explore new flavors and to try things they otherwise wouldn’t try before. He is excited to bring his knowledge, expertise and style to Bardstown, with a menu unlike any other place around. 

“Cooking allows me to express my faith and my love for others – I love what I do and I love why I do it..”

—Clayton Elliott, Executive Chef

 

Tyler Vaughan

General Manager

Prior to joining the Scout & Scholar team, Tyler had worked in the food service industry for 17 years. It was during that time that Tyler acquired the knowledge, experience, leadership skills, and discovered a passion necessary for his role as General Manager. Born and raised right here in Bardstown, Tyler gained popularity in the restaurant scene and has become a staple in hospitality for our town. There was a time when he questioned this career path and decided to consider other interests, which led to Tyler earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Kentucky University. It was him exploring other options that made him realize his passion was in the service industry. New to the beer business, Tyler is thrilled to be part of Bardstown’s first brewery and excited to share the experience with our guests and our team.

Taylor Hall

Assistant General Manager

A native to Bardstown, Taylor grew up learning about her hometown, experiencing what it has to offer and quickly had an understanding of why Bardstown welcomes thousands of tourists every year. This understanding became even more developed after joining the hospitality industry and working at different local spots. Taylor has made a name for herself in the industry and is constantly recognized as one of the best. As one of the first employees hired at Scout & Scholar, Taylor’s commitment, leadership and hardwork led her to becoming our Assistant General Manager. She’s currently working on earning a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. She is dedicated to making Scout & Scholar the best it can be, and we are incredibly fortunate to have her on our team!

Jessica Hughes

Assistant General Manager

Jessica is joining us with almost 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry. From a server, to a front of house manager, to the Local Store Marketer at Texas Roadhouse, she’s seen a little bit of everything. While working for her family owned business, River’s Bend Winery and Vineyard in West Point, Georgia, she grew to enjoy marketing, event planning, and all things wine. Now she’s bringing that knowledge to the beer side of the industry. In Spring of 2020, Jessica became a certified event planner and is currently pursuing a business degree at Columbus State University. She has recently moved here from Columbus, Georgia, and is excited to be a part of something new coming to Bardstown.

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