Sage Smith is the co-founder and managing partner of Bike Dog Brewing Company in West Sacramento, CA. Before managing the small brewery and two taprooms, Sage spent almost two decades as a graphic designer. He brings the same creative approach to leading his team of beer makers, sellers and taproom staff.
Erle is Co-Owner and Managing Partner of Jackrabbit Brewing Company in West Sacramento, CA. Although it has been rumored that he won his stake in the brewery in a poker game, truth be told he was brought in to run the brewing operations by Co-Founders, and brothers, Scott and Chris Powell who first introduced him to Craft Beer years prior. Despite the fact that his time in the industry has been brief, his passion for creativity, community, and collaboration continue to drive him to challenge himself daily. He is a proud husband and father of two, when he is not working at the brewery he can usually be found sleeping.
Teresa Psuty is the brewmaster at Crooked Lane Brewing Company in Auburn, California. A two-time GABF medal winner, she’s also a mom of three, and intrepid co-host of The Session on The Brewing Network. Crooked Lane is enjoying the title of CCBC brewery of the year for 2019. Find Teresa on instagram @psutybrews and @crookedlanebrewing
Ryan is a brewer in a rock climbing company? Really? Really!
Ryan tapped into commercial beer in 2012 at Strike Brewing Company in San Jose, after a decade of home brewing. Managing production, brewing, selling, & doing all the things prepared him for his own project, Touchstone Brewing Company. Ryan designed, built, and now runs Touchstone Brewing Company, a division of Touchstone Climbing. Climbing and brewing are two of Ryan’s favorite things to do, so combining them has been a dream come true.
Becca Scott is the Creative Director at Oak Park Brewing Co. She entered into the brewing industry in 2011 as one of the founders of Track 7 Brewing Co. She helped build the company from the ground up taking on many roles along the way. Focusing on collaboration as a priority, she helped guide the direction of the brand and grow the online presence. At Oak Park Brewing Co., Becca has returned to her roots of creating and growing a brand finding opportunities to collaborate with the community and brewing industry on a daily basis.
Chris’ brewing career started as a home brewer while chasing his dream to be a chef. While working in kitchens and running restaurants in Albuquerque, NM, the love for craft beer became his passion. The crafting of flavors while honoring the principles grew while he and his wife, Lauren, searched for their next move in life. Sacramento and UC Davis came calling and in 2012, they made Sacramento their new home. The Rubicon Brewing Co. was the first stop upon arrival to town and the love affair was instant. While later brewing for the Rubicon, he joined professional organizations like the MBAA and Brewer’s Guild and completed the Master Brewers Program at UC Davis. Chris went down with the U.S.S Rubicon and that paved the way for the Alaro to take the reigns. Along with the Ballestero’s, Santana and a spirited crew, the Alaro Craft Brewery has continued the dream of craft beer on Capitol Avenue with a reimagined model of what a brewpub could be.