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Our Story So Far…

February 6, 2011 Leave a comment

So there’s a bit of backstory that needs to be told in order to get this blog up to speed. I intend to keep it nice and short.

I first encountered homebrewing back in college. My friend Paul made his own beer and kept in on tap in our friends’ dormroom closet. This bent a number of dorm rules and the authorities soon intervened, but my interest had already been piqued. In the fall of 2008 I found some used brewing equipment for forty bucks on Craig’s List and I was officially on my way. I brewed off and on for the next two years; mostly extract with steeping. It was a transient period for me so I repeatedly found myself needing to start collecting equipment all over again. One notable batch of mead was left to fend for itself in Hawai’i while I moved back to the East Coast to tour with a band. This sort of thing doesn’t make for good beer.

Things started to settle down and six months ago I decided I was ready to get serious about trying to brew professionally. Though I was a bit of an off-an-on brewer I had always loved the process. I’d like to think that I made some good beers and the more I learned, the more I wanted to learn. I love that brewing is both art and science; it’s your prerogative to take it as far as you’d like in either of those directions.

I had just come out to San Diego — again with the band — and started brewing more frequently. I joined the local homebrew club and started trolling sites like ProBrewer for job possibilities. In December I saw a job posting for a Packaging Team Member at The Bruery in Orange County and applied. During my interview with them I realized that I should be volunteering at a local brewery if I could find one that needed the help. At the time I was living out in East County so I knocked on the door of Manzanita Brewing Company, a small-batch brewery that had just opened in July 2010. I started volunteering with them on brewdays, a couple weeks went by, and then came the call from The Bruery. I had the job.

Since I do two very different sets of activities at each brewery I have continued volunteering at Manzanita while working at The Bruery. So that’s the current state of affairs: M-F I work at The Bruery filling & washing kegs, bottling, and other assorted tasks; on the weekends I volunteer with Manzanita assisting with Brewer and Cellarman’s duties. I work all the time, but I love it. I’m learning something new everyday and am going to attempt to share that knowledge with all of you.

Cheers,

Matt

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