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.
Oats of Birmingham – ABV: 4.8% IBU: 18 / $6
An English-Style Brown ale made from traditional pale and specialty malts but with an addition of malted crystal oats for a nutty flavor. We went big on the malt, carmel, and toasty flavors on this bad boy. This beer plays homage to all the musical and artistic talent that has risen from the working-class neighborhoods in and around Birmingham, England….ever heard of Black Sabbath, The Beatles, or J.R.R. Tolkien?
Polyrhythm Pale – ABV: 6.3% IBU: 45 / $6
This American pale ale balances hops and malt while remaining crisp, complex, and drinkable. Brewed and dry-hopped with NZ Waimea and US Crystal hops, it’s bright, citrusy, tangelo and spice character will meld seamlessly with your favorite prog rock jam. Crank it up!
Altered State IPA – ABV: 7.4% IBU: 55 / $7
A West-Coast style IPA using British Golden Promise pale ale malt and a touch of light caramel malt. Hopped with Citra and NZ Nelson Sauvin in the boil and the dry-hop. Citrus, Tropical Fruit and a punchy white-wine grape dominantes the flavor profile.
Dark Matter – ABV: 8% IBU: 25 / $7 (10 oz)
As elusive as it’s namesake, this belgian-inspired dark ale will keep you guessing. It cannot be classified, it escapes all restrictions and confines. Is it a porter? A strong ale? Who cares what you call it. It’s toffee, caramel and chocolate deliciousness will have you staring at the skies wanting more.
Cacophony IPA 2014 – ABV: 7.9% IBU: 70 / $7
This is a once a year brew that we all look forward to. Bigger and badder than last year’s version, it’s made with a special hop blend designed by Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo, Bell’s Brewery’s John Mallet and Sierra Nevada’s Ken Grossman. $1 per pint sold will be donated to the ALS Research Institute to help find a cure. Amazing hop aromas and flavors in this one!
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.
The Synergist – ABV: 8.3% IBU: 18 / $7 (10oz)
A Belgian-style Dubbel made with traditional Belgian malts, dark candi syrup, golden raisins, brown raisins, and medjool dates. Lots of flavor and layers, but all the parts play well together creating a synergistic blend of malt, fruit, and delicious Belgian yeast phenols.