Posted by Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. on August 31, 2017
Name: Sean Laidlaw
Home Town: Oceanside, Ca
Years with Fig: 2 years
I started homebrewing with my dad and a friend when I was 19. In December 2012, I won a spot at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, where I got to collaborate with other homebrewers and brew our recipe in their R&D brewhouse in Chico. A month later I started as an assistant brewer at Mission Brewery in San Diego. I worked there for a year and then brewed at Belching Beaver for a year and a half. While working a cask ale festival for the Beav, I ran into Kevin Ashford, our Creative Director and Santa Barbara Head Brewer. We hit it off and I came up to visit Fig about a month later during UCSB Alumni weekend. I really liked the company culture, so about a year later I ended up applying to work here.
No such thing! Some days I spend most of my time on administrative work such as planning my week, answering emails, ordering raw materials, writing beer descriptions, recipe formulations, meetings, inventory, quality control work, etc. Other days I could be filtering, cleaning tanks, brewing, kegging, or cleaning beer lines. More often than not, it's a combination of many of the above!
Enjoying the finished product!
I think people would tend to underestimate how much cleaning brewers need to do on a daily and regular basis.
I really like that there is an increasing awareness of the importance of freshness. More and more breweries are starting to date code their bottles and customers are starting to prefer the options that they can get freshest, which tend to be more local.
Ride my bicycle
Collecting more beer than they can possibly drink and letting it all go bad in their "cellar".
Relaxing with a few beers at a camp site somewhere in the Sierras after a day of hiking, mountain biking, fishing...
I play guitar.