Dan Thomas Joins Team at Main Street Hospitality Group
STOCKBRIDGE — Main Street Hospitality Group has announced a new addition to its management team, appointing sommelier Dan Thomas to the position of wine and bar director.
Main Street Hospitality Group is a hospitality-management company based out of Stockbridge. The group owns and manages the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, where Thomas has held the role of sommelier since 2007.
Over his seven years at the inn, Thomas has expanded the wine list to include more than 400 selections and 50 half-bottle selections, with a focus on international artisan producers and local and regional wines. The Red Lion Inn was awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the 16th consecutive year in 2014.
Thomas possesses an extensive knowledge of oenology and has completed the first level of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Inspired by advancements in food and wine over the last decade, he is passionate about introducing guests to new wines, beers, cocktails, and unexpected combinations.
“Dan has been an integral part of the food and beverage operation at the Red Lion Inn since his start. He is a great fit for Main Street Hospitality Group. We’re excited about his expanded role,” said Main Street Hospitality Group CEO Sarah Eustis.
In this new role, Thomas will oversee all Main Street Hospitality Group wine and bar programs, working directly with wineries, breweries, and distilleries. He will also search for new products and collaborate with local producers on fresh libation projects.
“Dan’s knowledge of all things bar and wine is a great compliment to the MSHG food philosophy. I’ve enjoyed seeing Dan grow the Red Lion Inn beverage program over the past seven years and look forward to working with him on future food and beverage projects,” said Brian Alberg, Red Lion Inn’s executive chef and Main Street Hospitality Group’s vice president of Food and Beverage Operations.
In addition to the Red Lion Inn, Main Street Hospitality Group manages the Porches Inn at MASS MoCA in North Adams and the Williams Inn in Williamstown. The group will manage a Pittsfield property, Hotel on North, upon its opening this spring.