The Team

The Stone’s Throw pub is supported by an enthusiastic group of fun-loving bartenders & staff. This latest incarnation of our business brings an exciting change; a chance for the team to create a more personal eating, drinking, and shopping experience for our guests, allowing them to come create memories worth repeating.


Brendan McMahon

Beer, Wine & Spirits Curator

I started at Shady Brook Farm in Sept 2013  with hayrides and as a tractor driver. In Dec, I sold Christmas trees & worked the Light Show ticket booth, and helped setting up & taking down props. In summer 2018, I bar tended in The Stone’s Throw pub (STP), & by Sept 2018 took over ordering & handling alcohol for special events and the pub. Since then, I help manage the STP & maintain my role with special events. 

Over the past 1 & 1/2 years, I’ve been part of a team that’s helped to grow events to include the STP. I’m also helping create experiences in the STP that introduce guests to varieties of new & exciting beers & spirits & our frequently rotating tap list.

We’re building new ways to make the pub more fun & a better experience than just another spot to get  food & drinks. New for 2020 are winter & summer cornhole leagues. We provide a unique experience where guests can shop for groceries, gardening items, & find a place to hang for an evening out.

I absolutely love the fall and winter seasons at Shady Brook. We have so many things going on, and we’re able to create such a cool experience for everyone.

I’m def a beer & whiskey guy, with IPA’s being my go. The STP has no shortage of them from Rusty Rail, Evil Genius, The Vault, Victory + a lot more. If I need something a bit stronger, my current favorites are Port Finished Bourbon from Mermaid Spirits & recently added 4 year old whiskey from Manatawny Still Works.

I love The Stone’s Throw and feel very lucky to have an important role within it. We have a great core of guests coming through that make it feel like we’re all just hanging out with close friends at work. And outside of our guests, everyone I work with at the farm has become like a second family to me. They’re the people I know I can count on to help me with anything, whether professionally or personally.

I served four years in the Marine Corps from 2009 to 2013, and was lucky enough to spend a few years living out in Southern CA. In my spare time I enjoy playing the guitar.


Nigel Johnson

Master Mixologist

I’ve been coming to Shady Brook Farm since I was a baby, and have been working here for about 10 years, recently graduating from Rutgers University. I originally worked seasonally in the Fall/ Summer, but am now more actively working, with Brendan, managing the bar while being our mixologist/ wine connoisseur. 

I’ve been helping the business grow by connecting with our guests through social media, and  creating a fun new experiences with our guests behind the bar! I work continuously on concocting new drinks for The Stone’s Throw, using local, fresh ingredients from here on the farm. I also help run the Winter Cornhole League every Wed. I look forward to helping the marketing team create even better experiences & connections with our guests.

My favorite season at Shady Brook is Summer. I love the warm weather and all of our unWINEd summer events. My favorite Stone’s Throw cocktail is Farmer’s Daughter…it’s sweet but can get you in trouble! 

I own over 200 pairs of sneakers! When not at work, I’m actively in the gym/ kitchen working on creating a healthy lifestyle for myself and others.







My name is Rafael but everyone calls me Raf. Born & raised in PR, I served just shy of 8 years in the army. Been working at Shady Brook since HorrorFest 2019 & depending on the day you’ll catch me driving a tractor or pouring beer, or just working outside to keep this place AWESOME! I love working at the farm…it’s a refreshing family environment for both guests and employees alike. Come see us!

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