Today Strike Brewing announced veteran brewer Ben Spencer joined their company as Director of Brewing Operations & Brewmaster.
As detailed in a press release, Spence was previously the Head Brewer at Magnolia Brewing in San Francisco for 11 years and prior to that a Production Brewer at Colorado-based Rockies Brewing Company (now known as Boulder Beer) & Oskar Blues. Ben brings over 20 years experience in not only brewing but facility management as well. Ben is an award-winning brewer, holding three medals from the Great American Beer Festival (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze).
“Now wait a minute,” you might be asking, “Isn’t Strike co-founder Drew Erhlich the Brewmaster at Strike? Well, at least I was wondering how that was going to work out and so I e-mailed Strike CEO Jenny Lewis, who quickly responded. “Drew was actually instrumental in bringing him in,” she explained. “They will both carry the title of Brewmaster and work closely together in creating new recipes and help fuel our growth. We are super excited!”
It’s hard to beat a pedigree that includes Magnolia, Boulder Beer, and Oskar Blues and those breweries clearly mesh with what Strike has accomplished so far, so it looks like a good fit. So yeah, I’m pretty super excited about Ben and Drew’s upcoming collaborations too!