What’s your current position at Stone Brewing Co., and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
My current position/title is IT Technician. I was through compromising while job hunting. I wanted to work for a company that I could believe in before even submitting a resume. Being a fan of Stone, and craft beer in general, I figured I didn’t have anything to lose.
What’s new at Stone?
Two new 360-barrel fermenters. Oh, and a new distribution center that some departments will be moving into soon. We’ve also gone live with a new website.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The people. Seriously, it takes a great group of people to make (and help make) great beer for as many people to enjoy as possible.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Bodysurfing, bicycling, fishing, and snowboarding when the weather calls for it. Outdoor activities are a great way to unplug from the computer world.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
Sushi and Stone IPA.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
This may not seem like a huge deal but learning how to snowboard over a dozen years ago was one of the best things I could’ve done at the age of 16.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Sours! These beers just challenge your palate in unthinkable and unimaginable ways.
What’s the most exotic travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Cerveza Tijuana and other great Mexican craft brewers (Cucapa, Baja Brewing Co., Primus, etc.) are changing the way Americans perceive Mexican beer. And that’s a great thing.