What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I’m the head brewer at Abnormal Beer Co. in San Diego. I got started back in Florida as a homebrewer and as a TA to the professor of our Beer Brewing and Wine Making courses at Florida International University. From there I got my foot into production with Funky Buddha Brewery before moving to California to work for Green Flash as a brewer. Soon after, a unique opportunity opened up at Abnormal that surprisingly turned into the head brewer position only three weeks in.
What’s new at Abnormal Beer Co.?
We are canning on our own line now and increasing our distribution footprint. Also, a sour program has been going for the past 21 months and we hope to release the first batch for our fifth anniversary in March.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The camaraderie! I would not be where I am right now without the support and guidance of my peers.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
We have a high-end restaurant and do some sick beer dinners. So my answer is pizza and all beer, ha!
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Moving to California and buying a house with my wife.
What’s your favorite beer from another brewery?
Societe’s The Coachman.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Work on cars, camp/Jeep adventures, cook, and eat.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
The Czech Republic. The beer culture there is amazing and has so much history, so the learning aspect was super cool too.