This month’s podcast features some of my favorite brewers, Steve Jarmie, Peter Goldammer and Rob Peed from BrewLAB in Carpinteria, California. They’re small-batch brewers in a tiny industrial space off of Carpinteria Avenue, and they’re making some of the most consistently impressive beer despite working on a glorified homebrew system (I wrote about them more here). They’re in the midst of an Indigogo campaign to expand (disclosure: I donated. It’s not usually my style to do that, but I want them to have bottles and growlers), but will still be smaller than the typical craft brewery.
And if you’re thinking: There’s no way a place like that can make money, you might be right. Then again, I’m not sure Rob, Peter and Steve mind too much. Around the 30-minute mark, they talk about being effectively homeless and living in the brewery’s first space as they tried to get started. They’re happy making beer and running their own lives, and I’m constantly impressed. Enjoy, and stay biased.