The days of my early adulthood beer-drinking life were fun and social, but lacking in the quality of the beer we drank, which I suppose is true for a lot of people. Then for Christmas one year my Dad gave me a 12-pack of “Beers of the World.” A little bit later I drank a Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter at a party. From then on I gave up drinking “bad beer” and got my hands on everything I could find to educate myself about good beer! I took brewing and fermentation science classes at UC-Davis. I made countless batches of home brew, subscribed to magazines, joined the AHA, and attended seminars and festivals around the United States. My dream became to somehow, someday become part of the craft beer industry. Having a young family at the time, my dedication was primarily to them; to be the best provider, husband and father I could. My dream would have to wait, but I continued learning all about beer, making home brew and trying as many styles of craft beers from around the world as I could.
I learned brewing is both an art form and a science. Take an in-depth knowledge born of extensive research, couple it with an artistic flair while adhering to time honored stylistic definitions and you get a perfect melding of craftsmanship and passion. I believe well crafted beer is good for the body and soul. Brewing beer that brings a smile to someone’s face brings a smile to my face.