DIRECTOR OF BREWERY OPERATIONS
A 26-year veteran of the brewing industry, John’s career has included assignments as Brewing Operations Manager in the largest US production brewery, Manager of Process & Product Innovation, and Director of Research & Development. He also worked as Operations Manager for the American Specialty & Craft Beer Company with oversight responsibilities at the Leinenkugel Brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the Shipyard Brewery in Portland, Maine & the Celis Brewery in Austin, Texas.
During his extensive brewing career John also served as President of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. During his tenure as President he collaborated with the Association of Brewers to ensure MBAA provided technical support for the craft brewing industry. Additionally he worked closely with the President of the European Brewing Congress to harmonize the association’s technical programs. John’s career also includes brewing collaborations with various brewers throughout the world including John Courage in the UK, Stella Artois in Belgium, Brahma in Brazil, South African Breweries, & Carling O’Keefe in Canada.
My parents settled in Santa Fe in 1979. I attended Auburn University after graduating Santa Fe High School and I have a degree in International Trade in Spanish. I started working for my dad, the founder of the first microbrewery in NM, Santa Fe Brewing Company in 1993. I held positions of Bottling Crew, Brewer, Head Brewer, Director of Brewing Operations, and Plant Manager, and was a part owner of the business from 1996 until 2003. During the last 4 years, I specified, ordered, unloaded, and installed machines and equipment valued at over $900,000 which allowed the brewery to continue double digit growth every year for the last 10 years. I managed 20 people in round the clock production 4-6 days a week. I look forward to using my experience to assure that Rio Bravo Brewing Company will be able to produce an exceptional array of high quality beers from the first day of production.