I started homebrewing in 1990 and, after five years of getting more and more into the hobby, I chose to go pro. I took the American Brewer’s Guild course under UC Davis’s Dr. Michael Lewis, and my internship at Redhook turned into my first job. I have held both staff and leadership positions at a number of breweries, including a stint as Lead Brewer at Mendocino Brewing, Production Manager at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Head Brewer at Speakeasy Ales and Lagers, and currently as Brewmaster at Drake’s Brewing.
Working at a variety of different breweries has given me a lot of perspective on beer and on this industry. I’ve been fortunate to have awesome mentors like Don Barkley at Mendocino, Sam Calagione at Dogfish Head, and John Martin here at Drake’s, just to name a few. One thing you learn at multiple breweries is that there are an awful lot of ways to skin the cat, and very few absolutes. Beer has been a journey for me, and I’m constantly excited about where it will take me.
- The Business of Beer , Oct 21 Oct 24