Michael Bowser was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he studied Electronic Media Communications and a board member of the Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus. Prior to starting DSM Brew, he was Executive Director of the Eychaner Foundation, a News Producer at KCCI-TV, and Commissioner for the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission.
Molly Johnson, an Iowa native, received a B.A. in Studio Arts form Grand View University. She is also a practicing artist and has had shows at DSM Brew, the former Des Moines Social Club and the Oskaloosa Art Center.