We believe in the power of good vibes and great beers. We believe in thinking big, and staying small. We think vans are better for camping than commuting. We believe these boots were made for hiking, not just walking. When the waves are epic, we think sharing them with a friend makes them even better. We believe in tasting life to its fullest, one sip at a time.
Every brewer uses similar ingredients, but we make an extra effort to highlight and source the finest ingredients possible. There’s no need to complicate the process or go overboard with additives to make something special. IT’S A SIMPLE EQUATION REALLY: TAKE THE HARD WORK OF THE FARMERS, ADD A LITTLE CHEMISTRY AND YOU’VE GOT YOURSELF A WELL-CRAFTED BEER.
From shrubland to woodland to highland, you’ve creekcrossed and switchbacked through it all today. You pause on the trail for a moment and crack open a Chief Peak. The piney hops are first to arrive. The tropical tones of passion fruit, orange, and gooseberry aren’t far behind. Watch as the sky blends from orange to blue. Look out on the valley and trace the contours of the mountain. Breathe in the thinning air, wipe the sweat from your brow, and take another well-earned sip.
Across the Flatlands, there’s talk of rain. The weather vane squeaks as the wind picks up. Clouds roll in and long shadows move across the fields. You’ve been out here all day. You’re sun-scorched. There are holes in your gloves and there’s dirt in your sweat. Was it this hot last summer, you wonder. At first just a drop, then begins the downpour. You drink it in. There’s a hint of tartness, a dash of pepper, a pinch of clove, and finally a most welcome effervescence.
Wading in the strong current brings back a flood of memories. Each cast washes away another worry. The work week fades to gray. While your catch sizzles on the roaring fire, the warmth soothes your tired body. You reach into the cooler and grab the last beer, an icy cold Weekender. It’s earthy yet tropical. Dank yet citrusy and fresh. You remember: It’s only Friday. Tomorrow you’ll need more Weekender.
A Harvest moon hangs over the Pacific. You were going nowhere fast and opted for a detour. Today you’ve traveled highways, byways, and back-country roads. Tonight you’ll sleep beneath a blanket of stars. But before you do, you’ll build a fire, make some grub, and pause to enjoy a different kind of darkness—the Gadabout. It’s roasty at the peak with the bitterness of dark chocolate and the sweetness of brown sugar down in the valley.
Coming up under some of the most respected names in the business, Casey quickly rose the ranks, eventually becoming a Senior Brewer at Stone Brewing Co. in San Diego. At Stone, he was part of an elite special-ops team – researching hops and malts, creating new recipes, and helping launch their sour beer program. From recipe design to fermentation and kegging, Casey’s responsibilities at Topa Topa cover pretty much everything from grain to glass. He takes his beer seriously, but that’s about it.
While he’s made a career out of crunching numbers in higher ed finance, Jack was drawn to the beer business because he wanted to build something around a community. He’s found that with Topa Topa. An avid outdoorsman, Jack left behind his native New Jersey for Ventura’s surf and Ojai’s trails. Normally calm, cool, collected, and caring, he’s a bit of an animal when it comes to sports. If the television is tuned to a Phillies or Eagles game, Jack is probably to blame.
Hailing from San Diego, one of the country’s finest beer towns, Kyle Thompson is Topa Topa’s fixer. His passion for problem solving nearly matches his passion for brewing. A father of two, Kyle enjoys surfing, making music, and sharing his love of beer with friends new and old. Ever wonder about the chemistry involved in filling your pint glass? Just ask Kyle. He’ll be more than happy to explain the science of suds.
Ryan has over a decade of experience as a Creative Director working at global advertising and design agencies. He’s been fortunate to work with some of the greatest marketers out there, including Nike, Target, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Toyota, and more. His belief that the best brands come from working with an enthusiastic group of talented people with a singular focus is what attracted him to join the Topa Topa team. That and he thinks the beer is damn good.
Topa Topa Brewing Company is nestled in the shadows of the Topa Topa Mountain Range in the seaside town of VENTURA, CALIF. Just off the 1O1, 6O miles northwest of Los Angeles, and down the hill from Ojai, we are surrounded by all that inspires us – amazing friends, farms, mountains, and some awesome surf. Choose from 16 rotating taps of hand-crafted beers. Keep an eye on our social media pages for special events, offers, and new beer releases.