Born in Riverside, CA, Brian started home brewing at seventeen years old in his parents’ kitchen because he wasn’t old enough to purchase it himself.
After pursuing a degree in Business at UC Riverside, Brian decided to follow his true passion and enrolled in the UC Davis Master Brewer’s Program in 2003. Brian began his commercial brewing career at PH Woods in Moreno Valley and Babe’s BBQ in Rancho Mirage under the tutelage of multiple award-winning brewer, Hans Johnson. Brian also completed and passed the rigorous coursework for the Institute of Brewers and Distillers Associate Membership Exam.
Brian then became Brewmaster at Riverside Brewing Company where he developed his style and passion for beer making. Brian was then selected as a Brewer for the incredibly successful Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, CA. It was here that he learned attention to detail, consistency in production, impeccable sanitation standards, and recipe design through working with true beer experts.
Brian has a commitment to fresh, local, West Coast flavors that runs deep, and while he is a big West Coast IPA fan, the endless possibilities found within the experimental and barrel-aged beer categories are also a huge influence on Brian’s brewing style. He is constantly working to bring the freshest quality ingredients to his carefully crafted beers.
Illuminati Pils – ABV: 4.8% IBU: 38 / $6
Inspired by traditional Czech and Bohemian pilsners, this hoppy lager has hints of grass, biscuity maltiness and spicy floral hops. Made with German pilsner malt and Hallertau hops and finished with Czech Saaz hops in the whirlpool.
Golden Ratio – ABV: 5.5% IBU: 14 / $6
A cream ale made with a touch of flaked corn and a touch of Honey malt. This is fermented at ale temperatures then given an extended lagering period to mellow and smooth things out. Finished with Cascade in the whirlpool for a slight fruity and floral finish, but the emphasis is on the creamy goodness from the malts and corn.
Vienna Lager-Batch #1 – ABV: 5.7% IBU: 23 / $6
We used 50# of Toasted Buckwheat to spice things up in this Amber Lager. Nice malt aromas and clean caramel flavors meld with the dry-roasted peanut and toasted bread contribution from the Buckwheat. Pairs well with food, refreshing and flavorful.
Hops N Rye – ABV: 5% IBU: 35 / $6
A nice and hoppy rye pale ale made with 20% rye malt and NZ Wakatu and NZ Pacifica hops. Noble hop aromas and flavors dominate with a slight lime zest hint in the finish. Bready, clean, and unique. This is a great crossover beer for the lager crowd.
Drop it like it’s Hops IPA – ABV: 6.3% IBU: 65 / $7
Yeah we went a little heavy-handed with the hops on this one…but you like that don’t you? Featuring new-world hops Equinox and Mosaic, along with familiar favorites Citra, Columbus, and Amarillo. Piney, resinous, tropical and delicious.