Beer Alien, being fascinated with all things beer, have begun interviewing professional brewers in order to better understand the humans that make the beer we love so much. Through these interactions we hope to better understand and appreciate the beer you humans create on this planet.
We had the distinct pleasure of talking with Adam Jester of Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer Alien: How long have you been a professional brewer?
“I have been a professional brewer for three and a half years. This is my first head brewing job, I was an assistant brewer at Carlsbad Pizza Port.”
Beer Alien: What is your favorite part of the job? least favorite part of the job?
“Haha, well I guess I like making beer, its pretty fun. Beer is a kinda cool thing because you have an end product that is tangible and you can taste it, smell it, feel it, and know that you made it. What i don’t like is the everyday prep work of taking off tanks, cleaning etc.
Beer Alien: How has your opinion of brewing beer changed from when you were a home brewer to now being a professional brewer?
“I don’t know if my opinion has really changed. It is still all about the beer, that’s what it always has been about. The big difference between home brewing and professional brewing is the logistics. Everything has to go in an order. In order to brew the fermenter has to be empty, for a fermenter to be empty you have to have a brite tank empty, to have the brite tank empty I need to have empty kegs. Its all a big motion of logistics.”
Beer Alien: When did you realize you wanted to be a professional brewer and how long after realizing did it take you to become a professional brewer?
” I always kinda idolized pro brewers around town, I was a home brewer and a huge beer geek. I would go to different breweries and pubs to try all different beers. I also live by Pizza Port Carlsbad and I would go in there and talk to Nacho and Mike Aubuchon, who were there at the time. One day I was talking to them and offered to come down and help if they were ever in a pinch . Then one day mike called me and said he was all by himself and asked if I wanted to come down and it kinda took off from there.”
Beer Alien: Share your most interesting brewing disaster.
“One time at Carlsbad we had a barrel aged beer that we had just taken out of the barrels. I was transferring some to a serving tank and when I was done transferring it I started to take the hose off the serving tank and I took the clamp off the tank instead of the one on the hose and its just started spraying out everywhere. I didn’t even know what happened for a split second but then I grab the valve and opened it and shoved it back on and closed it. I was able to save some of it but we lost most of it, probably 2 or 3 barrels. It was a stout too so my clothes were all black haha.”
Beer Alien: On your days away from the brewery, what activities do you indulge in?
“I like to surf, play a little basketball, and drink beer, enjoy Southern California”
Beer Alien: Do you have an experience that stands out above all others during your time as a professional brewer?
“I think this whole journey has been rewarding. I had a good base knowledge of brewing beer but there is so many different aspects that go into professional brewing, whether it be equipment or different scales of things. I’ve been soaking it all in, its been amazing, the company has been great to me as well. “
Beer Alien: How long did you home brew before you became a professional brewer?
“I started brewing with my dad when I was about fifteen. I didn’t brew straight since then though. I was home brewing for about 7 or 8 years before I started at Carlsbad.
Beer Alien: Do you still home brew?
” I do, but not as much”
Beer Alien: What was the first beer you brewed? What do you remember about the experience? (Come on, we all know the first time is an experience)
“The one I brewed with my dad when I was fifteen. It was a clone of a Newcastle Brown that we put in clear Corona bottles and it was not good hahaha. I didn’t care though my dad let me drink it.”
Beer Alien: If you could give one piece of advice to new home brewers trying to break into the industry what would it be?
“It’s tough now. You have to make good beer first of all, and then you have to be hard working. Luckily for me I came into Carlsbad from time to time and gave the brewers there my home brew so they had a little respect for me. Also that one day I came in to help I worked my ass off and learned as much as I could and three months later they called me and asked if I wanted a job so.”
Beer Alien: You recently did a brew collaboration with a brewery in Japan, can you tell us more about it?
“We went to Japan and part of it was for the release of Pizza Port Beers in both Japan and Korea,and part of it was that Mike Aubuchon and I know this guy Kogi who owns the very first craft beer bar in Tokyo. He comes over here once a year and he will go throughout the whole U.S. and just collect beer and bring it all back to Japan to sell at his pub. We also send him kegs from time to time. We worked out a time to go over there and meet with him and we did a collaboration with Shiga Kogen. They are up in the mountains by Nagano where the winter Olympics were. The guy who owns that comes from a family of ten generations of sake brewers, and he is the first to brew beer. They make really good beer. The craft beer scene is blowing up in Japan”
or swing by the restaurant located at 135 N Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Check out a review we did on one of Adam’s beers here: https://beeralien.com/pizza-port-brewing-company-post-meridiem-imperial-night-stout/
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