"From there I worked my way up to Head Brewer at 21st. I enjoyed recipe development and brewing at a pub, but wanted new challenges and growth, so after I left I sought out work at quickly growing production brewery." After 5 years of time at 21st, Jesse found himself at a little place called Drake's Brewing. No big deal.
But here and there in his years of brewing, there were some interesting gaps in his work. Jesse spent a year diving in southeast Asia, lived on an island for 6 months, and also managed to find time to bike across the country, from San Diego to Florida for a couple months. Also not a big deal.
On his last day at 21A, our owner Tony descended upon Jesse, at Meg's recommendation, to taste his brews. "He told me about his project at the time to renovate an old movie theatre and turn it into a California-only craft beer bar. I thought he was a little crazy because I didn't think LA really had much desire for craft beer at the time. While I was at Drake's, I saw how much beer we sent to the LA market and during a few sales trips down here I was just blown away by how cool the scene was and how much growth was occurring."