Q. What’s your roll at OUB?
Head Brewer/General Manager
Q. What is your favorite accomplishment in your career?
A. Winning 4 Gold Medals at the 2007 GABF
Q. What drove you to the beer industry?
A. It really just fell into my lap in 2002. I was out of work and volunteered my time at Rio Salado Brewing Company with Tony Lawrence (now owner and Brewmaster of Boneyard) and Tim Gossack (now at Bell’s Brewery). After helping them brew a couple of times, they offered me the Assistant Brewer position.
Q. Who’s your biggest influence?
A. Tony Lawrence, Tim Gossack, and Arne Johnson.
Q. What is your favorite beer moment?
A. Also the 4 Gold Medals at GABF
Q. What is your favorite spot in Oakland and why?
A. Wherever my future home will be. So I can be closer to the brewery.
Q. If you could have a beer with anyone in history of the world who would it be? and what would you be drinking?
A. G.I. Gurdjieff with a Schwarzbier
Q. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one brew for the rest of your life what would it be?
A. For me it would have to be a style, and that would be Pilsner.
Q. What was the first beer you ever tasted?
A. Lowenbrau, Budweiser, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz? I can’t remember.
Q. What is your favorite thing about OUB?
A. The staff and their dedication to our success.
Q. What is your favorite sound?
A. A can of beer being opened.
Q. If you weren’t in the beer industry where would you be?
A. Hopefully retired and happy travelling the world.
Q. Tell us a joke. How about a quote?
A. “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day. ” ― Frank Sinatra