We Have a Cover! And More Events!

Hello Craft Beer Fans,
Wanted to share a bunch of very exciting news with you guys about the California BrewMasters project. First off, I’m excited to share that we have just crossed the 100 backers mark! I want to thank everyone who has donated so far for all their support, you’re not only supporting this project but the hard working brewers that bring tasty beers to all. We still have a long way to go though, we need to raise over $18,000 in the next 22 days! I’d again encourage everyone to get the word out. To those yet to donate, the time is now! Get your hands on some great rewards and help tell the stories of Golden State brewers. Donate Today!
Another exciting piece of news, we have a book cover! It features Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada, and one of the founding fathers of the craft beer movement. We feel that this choice as a cover image is emblematic to what this book has to offer, great portraiture and interviews that come together to tell the story of California craft beer. Sierra tells its story through its award winning and delicious beer, and we hope to tell it in our own way; through those that brew it. What do you think?
Lastly, we’re doing a whirlwind tour of events throughout Southern California, most in San Diego. We hope that you can make it out to at least one of these, and please feel free to come to as many as you’d like. These events are very important money makers for the Kickstarter (portions of the proceeds will go towards the Kickstarter), so bring as many friends as you’d like and come thirsty!
Feb 25st: The Side Door, Corona del Mar, 6-10pmCome join us on the beautiful outdoor patio at the Side Door in Corona del Mar for beers, appetizers, portraits, and more! Meet the author, learn about the project, and check out some of the great brewer portraits. Appetizers will be available for guests enjoyment. A portion of all sales will go to the California BrewMasters Kickstarter page, and laptops will be on hand for additional donations. Come thirsty! Event is open to the public, RSVP via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405994489656326/
Mar 4th: Toronado, San Diego, 6-10pm
If you’ve never been to San Diego’s legendary Toronado you are certainly missing out on something wonderful. Join us for prints and pints! We’ll be drinking some delicious beers, including some from Alpine (yum yum!) to raise money for the Kickstarter.
Mar 5th: Urge GastroPub, San Diego, 6-Close
Funny enough Urge Gastropub was one of the first beer bars in San Diego I ever stepped foot in. A great space with even better people, I can’t wait to share a beer with you here. Prints on the walls, beers in our hands. Delicious menu of food as well so be sure to come thirsty and hungry!
Mar 6th: Tiger! Tiger!, San Diego, 6-Close
Tiger! Tiger! has been a staple craft-friendly beer bar for years now. It’s an honor to be welcomed into Tiger, Tiger and to have my prints grace their walls for a night. $1 for every California Beer sold will go towards the Kickstarter, so definitely join us with an eye on drinking local, delicious beers.
Mar 8th, Anthill Pub, Irvine, 6-Close
Very excited about this event, Anthill Pub is one of my favorite OC pubs, with affordable prices and an ever changing tap list. This event is particularly important because it’s also the day Anthill will be tapping their keg of Pliny the Younger! I know everyone’s excited about that (limited ticket sales for Pliny available at Anthill Pub), so come by to try out some awesome Russian River beers while supporting a great cause. 
Mar 13th, AleSmith Brewery, San Diego, 5-8pm
To round off our list of events we’re going big. AleSmith big! Definitely one of my favorite San Diego breweries, we invite everyone to join us for one last event with brewers on hand from around San Diego. There will be some specialty beers on draught and a food truck as well. Prints on the walls and beer in your hand, what’s not to love? Hope to see everyone there!

Thank you for reading through this email, and thanks for your support! Together we can bring this book to life and celebrate the stories of the men and women responsible for great California beer. Donate Today! Cheers!

New Events to Check Out

Hey guys – we’re 10 days into our Kickstarter and we’re nearing the 20% mark with close to $4,500 raised so far! Thanks so everyone that’s gotten us this far. We have some great events that have both just been nailed down. I want to invite everyone reading this to both of them!

The first event I want to share with you guys is at the Rookery AleHouse in downtown Pomona, on Friday Feb. 21st from 7pm- closing. Join on Facebook Here. We’re going to have an awesome event, there’s going to be prints on the walls, local area brewers to meet, and plenty of great beer! A portion of the proceeds will be going to our Kickstarter campaign, so be sure to drink your fill! Should be a great time and I’m looking forward to enjoying this party with all my Pomona and IE brethren.

The next event will be at the Side Door in Corona del Mar on Tuesday, Feb. 25th, from 6pm-10pm. This is going to take place on their beautiful outdoor back patio, we’ll be showing portraits on a projector, free appetizers for all and plenty of delicious beer. Join on Facebook Here (important to do this so we know how many people to expect). A portion of the proceeds will be going towards the Kickststarter, and we’ll be having some Orange County brewers attend this event so be sure to stop by and say hello.

We’re planning more events like this throughout California, stay informed by following us on Facebook and Twitter. And if you haven’t yet, nows the time to DONATE! Help us out on Kickstarter, this project is only successful if we meet our goal!

Cheers everyone,



CBM By the Numbers

50 Backers, 40 Days Left!
Hello Craft Beer Fans,

Just wanted to give everyone another big thank you for the support so far. We have 40 days left and we’ve just reached 50 backers. Can’t thank everyone enough for their support and donations to make this awesome craft beer book happen.Of course, we have a long way to go! With over $3,500 pledged so far, that leaves around $21,500 left! If you’re thinking about backing this project, I’d encourage everyone to take another look at the great rewards we’re offering our backers. This book is filled with amazing content, more of which we’ll be sharing with you guys on our Kickstarter page, and we can’t wait to get it out to craft-beer fans everywhere.

For those that have already backed, you can guarantee that your rewards make it to you by encouraging friends to donate! Tell them why you think this is a worthwhile project and tell them why you decided to back it. And again – thank you SO MUCH for supporting California BrewMasters!


Book Progress & Promotion

In other news, we’re getting some great promotion for the book. We have several blog posts going out across craft beer media. While this book is based in California, I used to live in Washington, DC. I was very excited to do an interview with ExposedDC, a great photography blog in Washington. Check out the interview I did with them here:


I’ll be sure to share other media and promotion with you guys so you can follow the progress.

We also had an awesome release party last Saturday at City Beer Store in San Francisco. We had an awesome turn out! The prints of brewer portraits will be up at City Beer until the end of March, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the city and check them out for yourself. Here are some pictures from the party.


What a great turn out!




Fans donated to our project on laptops provided at the event


Me and the lovely Beth Wathen, owner of City Beer Store


Myself, Marin Brewing Co’s Arne Johnson, and Triple Rock brewer Jeff Kimpe

As for book progress, we’re working hard to bring this book together and have it out by this June! We’re beginning to come up with cover concepts, and we’re busy editing interviews and photographs to include in the book. As we go through this process we’ll be sharing our progress with you guys.

So thanks again to everyone for your support and donations, if you’re on the fence, send us an email! I’m happy to answer any and all questions. Together, we can bring this book to life, and with it, share the valuable insight from California’s best brewers with beer fans everywhere. Cheers to you guys!

New Ad Campaign for the CBM Project


This book is going to tell you a lot about these brewers… you’re going to get to meet them on a very personal level. That’s why we’re bringing you in close, VERY close, so you can get face to face. We thought we’d get that first awkward meeting out of the way. So, what is Peter Zien, head brewer at AleSmith up to? Or Tyler King, brewmaster at Orange County’s own The Bruery? Find out by helping us make this book hit the shelves. Go to our Kickstarter at:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1047041389/california-brew-masters-book-project?ref=home_location and donate today!


Kickstarter is Live! Donate Today


Hello California Craft Beer Fans!
The big day has finally arrived, the California BrewMasters Kickstarter campaign has officially launched! Check it out at the link below:View the Kickstarter HERE
Once again, the California BrewMasters project is a collection of interviews and portraits with some of the Golden State’s best brewers, over 45 in total up and down the state. We hope to bring all of this content directly to you in the form of a beautiful coffee table book perfect for any craft beer enthusiast, but we need your help to do it! We need to raise $25,000 in the next 45 days. If this goes successfully, this book will be out by June for you to get your hands on. Hurray! However, if we fall short of our goal, this book will not happen! Womp womp…
To sweeten the deal, we have some great rewards for donors large and small to show our appreciation for your backing. Check them out on our Kickstarter page, but you can get anything from a custom stainless steel key chain, t-shirts, posters, even a custom made beer growler specifically made for this campaign. We know that the main reason you’d be backing this project is to get your hands on a copy of this book, so on Kickstarter you can pre-order the California BrewMasters coffee table book for $5 off the retail price. We’re also offering photographic prints of the brewers signed by the photographer, and if you’re feeling really really generous, you and your friends will be treated to a private brewery tour and tasting with a brewmaster from the book. How awesome is that??
One of the best ways YOU can help, besides your donation, is to help spread the word. We want to reach as many craft beer nerds as possible, and we can’t do it alone! So follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram to let your friends know about this project, and encourage them to donate.
Lastly, we have a number of awesome Kickstarter parties planned throughout California to help raise money for the book. If you’re in San Francisco today, come visit City Beer Store from 3-10pm. We’ll have prints on the walls and beer flowing! Stop by and say hi!
We really can’t thank you enough for your support in turning this project, two years in the making, into a beautiful hardcover coffee table book for everyone to enjoy. Remember, visit Kickstarter page and donate today!