Dan Reed sounds like a skateboarder name. If someone said, “Who is Dan Reed,” I’d guess he was a pro skater. But he is not. He is a tour guide at Stone Brewing. Thanks to my wonderful wife who came back from San Diego with this on her camera. It was a nice surprise (along with the beer in her bag).
Rodger Davis is the Head Brewer at Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse in Berkeley, CA. Triple Rock was established in 1985 by brothers John and Reid Martin. It was the fifth brewpub to open in the United States. Today it is still owned and operated by the Martin brothers. Rodger came aboard in 2008. The Triple Rock has always had a stellar reputation and it was only made greater this summer after winning three medals at GABF.
Jim Kenny is the National Sales Director at Green Flash Brewing Co. Jim was in town for Austin’s Flying Saucer Hop Fest. He refers to Chuck a couple times in the video; that would be Chuck Silva, Green Flash’s brewmaster. Chuck makes it, Jim sells it. Good system.
According to the ever trustworthy Wikipedia a green flash is an “optical phenomena that occurs shortly after sunset or before sunrise, when a green spot is visible, usually for no more than a second or two, above the sun, or a green ray shoots up from the sunset point.” What does that have to do with beer? Not sure. But Green Flash Brewing Co. makes damn good beer. Green Flash was founded in 2002 by Mike and Lisa Hinkley in Vista, CA and Chuck Silva came on board as their brewmaster the following year. I got the low down on Chuck’s MLP at Austin’s Flying Saucer during their Hop Fest event.
I think I wrote a similar thing for Sam Calagione’s MLP, but here it goes: If you are reading this blog or watching the video below, there is little to no doubt you have had at least one Stone beer in your life—an Arrogant Bastard (possibly their most famous beer), their excellent IPA or maybe their lovely anise kissed russian imperial stout. Arlan Arnsten is the Vice President of Sales at Stone and has been with the brewery since 1997. I caught up with Arlan at the Ginger Man in Austin as he was touring the country and continuing to spread the gospel of Stone Brewing and craft beer.