Our Story Continued...
It all began nearly a decade ago after a mountain biking adventure in Southern California. Andrew stopped into a local beer/homebrew supply store and bought a homebrew deluxe kit on a whim.
"I've always been interested in beer and when I saw the kit I thought it would be a fun project to try." -Andrew
Plans were made to brew the batch at his buddy's place later that week.
"We didn't have a clue on what we were doing. The kit had vague instructions and the DVD wasn't much help either." - Andrew
Nearly six hours later into the early morning, Andrew was the only one awake seeing the project to the end.
"It was a lot more work than we had anticipated and it took longer than we planned. I wasn't sure if I had brewed it correctly and didn't know if it would work." -Andrew
After waiting a month, the beers were finally ready to crack open and enjoy.
"That was it for me. That was the moment. When I poured my first beer into a glass, saw the bubbles dancing around and knowing that I had created beer. I was hooked." - Andrew
Soon after, Andrew began reading everything he could and educating himself on the brewing process. The more he learned the deeper his passion began to grow. He began upgrading his brewing equipment and really started to focus on perfecting his recipes.
His passion turned into a career when he left the software industry in order to work for a production brewery. Andrew started his new career kegging for the brewery, and occasionally helping out with the bottling. After a month of kegging, Andrew was promoted to brewers assistant and began learning how to operate the brewing system.
"My plan from the beginning was to learn how to operate my own brewery one day. I went to work every shift prepared to absorb as much information as possible." - Andrew
At the end of his second month of employment, Andrew brewed his first solo batch at the brewery.
"I kept asking them if I could brew on the system. I offered to stay late or come in on the weekends if needed. They finally gave in and let me come in on a sunday to brew my own batch. I was the only one at the brewery, doing what I wanted, and I loved it. I brewed an IPA which turned into a big hit." - Andrew
After his successful solo batch, Andrew was once again promoted to night brewing. In his third month, he began assisting the Lead Night Brewer. A few months later, Andrew had the opportunity to be promoted to Lead Night Brewer, putting him in charge of brewing operations during the night shift.
"It was a lot of work and extra hard because it was the night shift. But I love working in a brewery." - Andrew