Beer Birthday: Jason Chavez

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Today is the 49th birthday of Jason Chavez, who was the brewmaster at Seabright Brewery in Santa Cruz for a number of years. Chavez started homebrewing while still in high school on his family’s kitchen stove. He’s a graduate of the American Brewers Guild, and had been brewing at Seabright since 1999. I believe I first met Jason many years ago at the Rock Bottom in Denver during a GABF week, but I still run into him occasionally at events. Seabright celebrated their 25th anniversary two years ago, when I spent the day at the brewery to do a story on their silver anniversary. But last year, he made a big change, moving closer to home to take over the Kelsey Creek Brewing Co. in Kelseyville. I still haven’t made up to see the brewery since he took over the reigns, but hopefully one day soon. Join me in wishing Jason a very happy birthday.

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Jason with Dave Heist, from HopTown Brewing, and Gene and Cindy Acevedo, from El Toro Brewing, during the Brewer’s Reception at GABF in 2002.

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Jason at the helm of the brewery when I visited him in early 2013 to wrote about Seabright’s 25th anniversary.

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Here’s a great shot by Dan Coyro, from an article in Santa Cruz Sentinnel.

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Jason, in the center, surrounded by Seabright folks at the 10th annual Stumptown Russian River Revival and BBQ Cook-Off.

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Jason, again in the center, at GABF (Note: last two photos purloined from Seabright’s website).

Comments

  1. Beerman49 says

    Great place that I don’t get to that often, but I know Jason makes a damned good barley wine & a lot of other good stuff, & that he’s a generous guy. A couple years ago, I was having lunch there after a mom visit in Soquel, & on my way to a strong beer tasting w/some friends in SF. I wanted a bomber of the BW (which I’d had there & a couple times when judging for the Tornado BW Fest), but they don’t bottle. No problem – he comped me a growler of it after we’d chatted for a few minutes – now that’s one helluva good guy!

    I’m reading this a day late, so belated greetings to Jason, who’s “bornday” is a day after mine (he’s 15 yrs & a day my junior) – may he have many more!

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