More than 20 years ago I had a goal of becoming a brewer and perhaps one day even owning my own brewery. I had a vision that passion, art, community connection and business would all come together in one ultimate pint. In 2010 that dream began to take shape, and in 2012 became a reality when we founded American River Brewing Company.
Of course, I love beer so picking my favorite ARBC brew is tough. I’ve been a beer-drinker since I was just a tyke (Danish roots, you know), so it’s hard to pick just one. I enjoy them all, depending on the day.
My favorite food to enjoy with one of our beers is a pan-fried New York steak, medium-rare, with steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes. That’s good old comfort food, especially when paired with Coloma Brown or Fire Break Red Ale.
My wife Claire and I have a dog and two cats that make up our family. Most nights you’ll find us curled up in from of the television watching NCIS or a good movie. We really enjoy classic movies like “Casablanca,” “True Grit” (the original one with The Duke), or “Christmas Story.”
I used to be an avid SCUBA diver, but these days finding time to get away is rare and vacations are somewhat few and far between. However, I do still try to fit in a quick round of golf every now and then when my schedule allows.
I’ve been blessed to have been a part of this industry since the early 90’s and I’ve worked for some of the best brewers and breweries in the nation. For me, the learning never stops when it comes to brewing and I uncover something new every day.
I first met David when we worked together several years ago and he told me this idea he had for starting his own brewery. He and I got along really well and we enjoyed similar beer styles, so when he asked me to join him I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been brewing about 20 years now and have mastered everything from ale to sake.
Like many people, I was a beer drinker long before I enjoyed the taste. Now I consider myself something of a connoisseur. Of all the beers we make, I enjoy Firebreak Red the best. I like the maltiness and roasted barley flavors it has. Over the years I’ve discovered that I’m more of a maltster than a hophead. I enjoy a Firebreak Red with pizza on Sunday night, usually a Chicago-style with pepperoni on it, at the very least.
My wife and I have 2 dogs that we walk daily and spoil rotten. They like to sing and talk to us in their own doggy language. Besides dogs and beer, my other passion is music. I’m primarily a bassist and I have a home studio with lots of fun toys. One of these days, don’t be surprised see me in a jam session at the brewery.
In all honesty, I’ve been a fan of ARBC since they first opened their doors. From my first sip it was clear that they made a superior product and I wanted to be a part of the process. By a stroke of unbelievable timing, here I am!
I like just about all of the beers we make, as you might expect, but if I had to choose just one it would be the Fire Break Red. It’s a very well-balanced ale and I like that a portion of its proceeds go toward the Firefighters Burn Institute which is a very worthy cause, in my book. That’s what I call a win-win.
I’ve been a beer lover since my freshman year of college. I discovered craft beer while all my friends were drinking the cheap stuff. I’m of the opinion that it’s better to enjoy one good beer than a six-pack of swill. Life is just too short to drink bad beer.
My favorite foods are probably Mexican and pizza, although I’ll eat just about anything. Especially barbecue. There’s nothing on earth like an ice-cold beer and great BBQ on a hot summer night.
I was born and raised in Lake Tahoe, so anything outdoors is fun for me. You name it, I did it. Skiing, snowboarding, camping, fishing, hiking and mountain biking. Growing up I did it all and still love it to this day.
Before joining ARBC I didn’t have any professional brewing experience but I’ve been an avid home brewer for years so I’ve gotten to know the science in great detail. I’m also on a mission to visit every craft brewery in California. I’ve been to many and have many more to come. It’s great to finally be a part of the craft brewery revolution that’s going on in this state and I’m soaking up every minute of it.