Steve grew up in Southern California and graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Geography/Environmental Analysis. He brewed his first batch of beer in 2008 with Rob (one of the original founders) and was immediately hooked. His inspiration to keep brewing stems from his curiosity, interest and backround in science. He's intrigued with the whole process of making beer; from the growing of the ingredients to the steps taken to produce a batch.
With a deep and growing interest in the fermentation process Steve headed to the wine country in 2011 where he worked on two wineries in St. Helena, CA. It was working at the wineries that really inspired him to start his own venture.
Before focusing his time on brewLAB and making the move to Santa Barbara, Steve was a substitute teacher and coached high-school wresting while creating/running his own business/hobby on the side which focused on urban agriculture, local food production and the building of healthy sustainable communities. He's also worked in the grocery industry for five years and has held management and buying positions for Henry’s Farmers Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Whole Foods Market. Steve held the position of “Beer Buyer” for Whole Foods Laguna Niguel and oversaw the buying of beer, wine and cheese for Whole Foods Santa Barbara.
Outside of work Steve enjoys surfing, hiking, gardening, permaculture, food, music and spending time with his family and friends.