– Head Brewer
In 2006 I tasted my first craft beer and frankly I didn’t know what I was tasting. It was murky and copper in color, flavorful and bitter, which I oddly enjoyed. It was a Manny’s Pale Ale from Georgetown Brewing in Seattle. I didn’t realize beer could taste so good!
In 2011, I started visiting and touring as many breweries as I could. I started occupying my free time by watching videos, reading homebrew Blogs, and books. I took the leap and bought my first extract homebrew kit in December of 2012. Oddly the first brew I created was an Alt Style beer. The entire house smelled like hops and I loved it! After that batch, I immediately turned to an “all grain” homebrew system. It wasn’t glamorous but it produced some memorable brews. I realized very quickly that I was actually really good at brewing. I wanted to take it to the next level.
A couple of years went by and a few dozen batches of homebrew later, I decided to turn my passion for brewing into a career. James Lundgren and I sought some investors and little did we know it would end up giving us an all-star team of enthusiastic brewers, and great friends, who all have a passion for the industry and who believe in the product and the brand.
My hope is that the hard work and dedication to this endeavor shows in every smell and sip of Mount Olympus Brewing beer. One day soon I will be drinking a Crowler™ of my beer on top of Mount Olympus smiling down on the world below. Be confident, dream big, and take pride in your hard work!
– Assistant Brewer
My first craft beer I tried was Pyramid Curveball. I saw a baseball on the package, and since I was going to a fantasy baseball draft at a friend’s house, it fit the theme for the night. The first sip was interesting. It was a taste I was not used too. Malty, the taste of hops, and crisp. The second beer I could tell my palate was changing. Orlando and I met where we work. We started hanging out outside of work. Going to breweries and trying different craft beers we started to realize that there is a lot of good beer out there. But could we do better?
I purchased a homebrew kit about 6 months after Orlando purchased his. I did the same thing he did; watch videos, homebrew blogs and forums. YouTube was a great source of information for brewing. When I was ready to brew that night I had Orlando come over and help through the process. I remember placing the 5 gallon carboy of Blonde Ale in the closet and almost staring at the airlock for some activity. The first beer I made wasn’t the greatest but it was drinkable, I WAS HOOKED! I was hooked mainly because I wanted to make a better beer, and striving to make the best tasting beer. I upgraded my system to partial mash, then on to All-Grain.
One night we were playing cribbage and drinking some homebrew, Orlando asked a question I will never forget. Do you want to start a brewery? I thought he was crazy, but I said let’s look into it.
So here we are, about 6 years later. With a great put together team with different skills and assets that make us a strong fit for something great. I cannot wait to see the people drinking our beer with a smile on their faces.