Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Meet the Brewer: Ryan Hensley

Posted by Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. on June 28, 2017


Name: Ryan Fisher Hensley 

Position:  Head Brewer, Westlake Village

Home town: Carlsbad, CA  


How long have you been with Figueroa Mountain?

One year and six months.

How did you get your start in the brewing industry and how did you land at Fig Mountain?  

I started out Extract Brewing at home, and was working at Pizza Port in Carlsbad at the time. I started coming in early to help out during brew days which gave me an idea how an award winning brewery operates. Eventually I got my first job as an Assistant Brewer at Culture Brewing Company in Solana Beach. From there I went to Rough Draft Brewing Company where I became Lead/Head Brewer. I met the Dietenhoefers at the Great American Beer Festival and kind of fell in love with the Fig vibe, and later applied. I was hired on shortly after as a Lead Brewer in Buellton! 

What is an average day like for the head brewer at Fig Mtn Westlake Village?  

I come in around 6-7AM and start brewing, or I'm working in the cellar. Definitely doing some sort of cleaning. Checking up on emails throughout the day and placing orders, while also checking on beer in the tank. At the end of the day you can find me having a beer and talking to our mug club members. 

What is your favorite part of the job?  

Being able to reach out and support our community through beer events and special discounts.   

What's one thing you do for your job most people wouldn't think of?  

I'm cleaning 90% of the time, haha. Most people assume I'm just drinking beer all day...  

What is your favorite thing to do around Westlake Village?

Hang out with the crew and try different beers. I'm still kind of new to the area so there's still a lot to uncover.

Do you have any beer related tattoos?  

Yeah, I have a dude making beer in Egypt with the pyramids in the background. I also have a tattoo of Quagmire from Family Guy - I was drinking a lot of beer in my buddies garage when I got it. I think that's beer related right?


What are your beer snob pet peeves?

Dirty glasses.

What is the first beer you ever had? 

I think my dad gave me some Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve when I was like 4 years old. 

What's your favorite food to pair with beer?  


What's your favorite activity to pair with beer?  

Watching sports, or playing some darts. 

Are you strictly a beer drinker, or do you have a taste for wine, ciders, whisky...?  

I really enjoy dark rum. Some whiskeys too. 

Do you have any special talents people might not know about?  

I am a professional bass player, I also enjoy surfing and fishing.