Book Release Is Set, Join Us at Firstone Walker May 31st

One of my favorite beer festivals of the year is coming up, the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival, in Paso Robles on May 31st. Now tickets may be sold out, but there’s always plenty on sale on StubHub, Craiglist, or through friends of friends of friends. However you get there, the important thing is to GET THERE! Sample amazing beers from over 40 breweries, and get some delicious grub from over 20 local restaurants.

This year, this event is going to be super special. We’ll be officially releasing, for the very first time, the California BrewMasters book. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this be the venue for our release. This festival shares the values of the book, a focus on the beer community as a whole, as opposed to just the beer. Now the beer’s going to be amazing, don’t get me wrong, but what makes this fest so good is that the brewers are there pouring their beers, giving fans a rare opportunity to meet many of these guys and gals.

For me, this festival it near and dear to my heart; it sparked the idea for this very book! It was there that I met many of the brewers that you’ll find in the pages of California BrewMasters. At last year’s festival we also had a gallery of brewer portraits hanging up, so brewers and beer fans alike could comb over them and take a break from the heat.

I’m honored to have the opportunity to share this book with festival goers, and I hope to see you all there!Vg3bfZxAx9mK3hsL3PLR-BnDUb2UpFrRhn3YgCTY4gthX3vQ48Jg_CcwIl5a_ED2rWAsDWTiVFExLYWjrgCYfatePTPSzDNSbemDAZ3XJGFEik1arwS0U_q4HTF6aQsq2edhXtoiSolieVANrmFsug-Ucp2RCjnvgttqjw=s0-d-e1-ft


Updated Cover! 7 Days Left!

There’s a lot going on in the last week of our Kickstarter  and I’m excited to share all these updates with you. We’re adding a couple more brewers to complete a list of 45 breweries up and down the coast, we think you’ll be pleased with the new additions! Three Weaver’s Alex Nowell (formally in the book with Drakes), Societe’s Travis Smith and Doug Constantiner, and Tom Nickel from Nickle Beer Co. This rounds out our list of brewers, there are a ton of brewers we would love to continue adding, hopefully we get a chance to interview and photograph more in the future!

Next, we want to share our updated cover. After some thought we figured that a cover like this spoke to the project a little more than any one single image could. These brewers all have stories to tell, and we want you to meet them all through our imagery and in-depth profiles. I love it – and I hope you guys do too.


What do you guys think? Share your comments with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram @CABrewMasters

Be sure to Join us at AleSmith this Thursday, 5-8p, for our last event!

Lastly, there’s only 7 days left on our Kickstarter, and we can really use everyone’s help! Please visit and help donate today. Some of the last chances to get your hands on awesome T-shirts, discounted book pre-orders, posters, growlers, key chains and more.

Cheers guys and thanks for all the support!

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:
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 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: and donate today!


Kickstarter Launches Tomorrow!


Wow guys, tomorrow is the big day! From Feb 1st to March 17th we’re counting on YOU, the craft beer community, to bring this book from the drawing board to shelves. We need to raise $25,000 in 45 days on, and we won’t be seeing a cent of it unless we reach that goal, so tell your friends, and have them tell their friends, about what a great project California BrewMasters really is!

We’re offering some great rewards for our backers. From custom made key chains, tshirts, posters, and beer growlers, to book pre-orders, copies of the prints, and even personal tours with some of the brewers in the book! So get your hands on some great shwag and help support would should be kick ass coffee table book set to release this June!

In the San Francisco area? Join us tomorrow for our launch party at City Beer Store! 3-10p, free to come check out prints, stop by and have a beer with us to learn more about the project!

Keep an eye on the site for more info, tomorrow you’ll have a chance to really help make this book a realty! Let’s bring these interviews and portraits with your favorite California brewers to life!



Official CBM Logo Release

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Hey everybody. Today I’m very excited to share with you guys the awesome logo we’ve come up with to represent the California Brew Masters project. This will appear on a lot of great shwag we’re going to be giving away on the Kickstarter campaign, which launches Feb. 1st. It will also be used in promo material and of course in the book. Hope you guys like it as much as I do! To keep up with further book progress be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram @CABrewMasters .


What do you guys think of the new look? Be sure to weigh in with your opinions.

Cheers everybody!

Welcome to the CBM Blog


Welcome, welcome, welcome. I’m glad you stopped by. For this inaugural post I thought I’d start simply enough by telling you a bit about the project, and share some exciting news about it’s development. The California Brew Masters book is a collection of interviews and portraits of some of California’s best brewers, over 45 of them so far.

Each brewer was interviewed about their brewing history, their opinions on the beer industry, their philosophy of brewing, some shared funny stories, others shared some great tips and tricks for home brewers. We then took them around their own brewery, or into their communities, to photograph them and reveal the face responsible for that empty glass in front of you. We’re putting all this content together so that you can learn the stories behind your favorite brewers.

So why do this? Well, first and foremost these guys (and gals) produce a lot of great beer. Beer that’s so good you’ll take one sip and go “ahhhhh” like you suddenly found yourself in a friggen Pepsi commercial. There’s over 300 breweries in California alone, that’s the most in the country! So, with all the recent momentum of the craft beer movement, I couldn’t help but think these folks deserved a bit of credit. So I, Nick Gingold, author and photographer of this fine project (nice to meet you too), set out on a California adventure to meet some great people, and drink some amazing beer.

So here I sit today, writing this post to you, and if you’ve read this far, I’m hoping you like my idea, and like what I have to offer to the world. That’s good… because we need YOUR help. Yes, you, at the computer. Even you, girl reading this on your cell phone. We need your help to turn this project into a beautiful coffee table book. We’re launching a Kickstarter February 1st to raise $25,000 in 45 days. That’s a LOT of money in a little amount of time, and so we’re counting on YOU to bring this fan-friggin-tastic 10″x10″ hard cover coffee table book to life.

Now, your generosity will not go unnoticed. We’ll be offering some of the beer-nerdiest, most redonk-a-donk incentives for the backers of this project. You can also pre-order your own copy of the book for $5 off the retail price. Now isn’t that just swell?

So stay tuned for a lot more info, I’m excited to share this wild ride with you. I’ll be doing blog posts about future fundraising events, progress reports on the book and the Kickstarter campaign, sweet teasers of portraits and clips from the interviews, and much more. Thanks for your support. Cheers!