What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
My position is president and head brewer [at Timeless Pints Brewing Co. in Lakewood, Calif.]. The initial idea of starting a brewery came out of a conversation with my neighbors. They were planning to open a restaurant and wanted me to brew a private label beer for them. I was homebrewing at the time. Bored with my position as an electrical engineer for the postal service, I was ready to take a huge leap of faith on a new challenge. My wife and I discussed all of the crazy scenarios we might encounter by opening a brewery but did not fully realize the magnitude of the hurdles until we were waist deep in the process. It’s been a wild and crazy ride but I truly enjoy what I do and I am definitely not bored.
What’s new at Timeless Pints?
Our brewery is constantly evolving. New ideas for change and growth happen on a daily basis. It’s hard to believe that in the seven months we’ve been open, several seasonal beers have come and gone. Our customers hate to see certain brews go away but we love the idea of new and different seasonals to keep the lineup interesting. We are looking forward to a few lighter additions for the summer months.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
Meeting people who share a love for good beer. I enjoy hearing their stories and seeing them visit the brewery time and again. It’s become an extended family of sorts.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
My wife and I have two young children and enjoy every moment we can with them. They are truly a blessing.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
I love Mexican food with a Tecate, lime, and salt. I am constantly trying new beers and looking for recipes that pair well to enhance the flavors of the beer as well as the food. Two of my favorite things are good food and good beer.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Having a loving and supportive family. My wife, Merri, was the driving force behind our brewery. I could not have done it without her. Our kids are supportive and understanding of our busy schedule. I feel very proud of the things that matter most in my life and feel my family is my greatest accomplishment.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
When I purchase other breweries’ beer, it’s usually something I haven’t tried or something that was recommended to me. I recently enjoyed a great IPA from AleSmith. I would definitely buy that one again.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
On a fun birthday adventure, my wife and I went with several friends down to North County, San Diego to visit a few of the breweries. I think we hit seven or eight breweries but lost track toward the end of the evening. Good beer, good friends, good times!