Beer Birthday: Mitch Steele

Today is the 55th birthday of Mitch Steele, former production manager/head brewer at Stone Brewing. Mitch started out at the tiny San Andreas Brewery in Hollister, California but spent a number of years at one of the much larger Budweiser breweries when he brewed for Anheuser-Busch, before finding a home at Stone. More recently, he’s left that job to create something of his own, this time a yet-to-be-named brewery to be located in Atlanta, Georgia. My wild ass guess that he’s been punking us all along and will actually be tbd, something like Tuxedo Brewing & Distilling, or maybe Tech Brewing & Distilling. He’s obviously a terrific brewer but is also a great person and close friend, too. He has also been my roomie for GABF judging a couple of years and is also the author of IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale. He’s a big advocate for craft beer and always willing to help out a fellow brewer or homebrewer. Join me in wishing Mitch a very happy birthday.

Mitch with Stone co-founder Steve Wagner at the Craft Brewers Conference in 2007.

Mitch Steele, from Stone Brewing, took 3rd for Levitation Ale
Mitch picking up his 3rd Place award on the floor of GABF 2009 for Stone’s Levitation Ale on cask at a special judging at the Great British Beer Festival in 2009 (and which I had the pleasure to judge).

Betsy, Judy Ashworth, Mitch Steele, Brendan Moylan & Bruce Paton
Betsy Hensley, Judy Ashworth, Mitch, Brendan Moylan & Bruce Paton at the Celebrator’s 22nd Anniversary Party.

Mitch and 21st Amendment brewer Shaun O’Sullivan practicing their pointing during a collaboration brew in 2008 in San Francisco.

Outside the Bistro IPA Festival in 2007 with Publican Judy Ashworth, Former San Andreas Brewing owner Bill Millar, Mitch and Bistro owner Vic Krajl.

And no birthday post is complete without a blast from the past. Here’s Mitch’s high school prom photo in all it’s living color glory. It’s from Northgate High School Class of 1980 in Walnut Creek, CA (special thanks to Mitch for updating the old black & white photo with the glorious color one!). Love the powder blue tux.


  1. Kim and Harry says

    Happy bday Mitch!!!! We sure remember those San Andreas days!!! What time but such a longggg time ago!!!!! The beers, the live music, Bill and Carol, we spent many hours there. It was good to see you at Stone a couple years ago. Here’s to a great birthday!!!!

  2. Kim and Harry says

    Another year, another greeting!!! We still have some of my San Andreas t shirts and sweatshirts. And hats, and glasses…… Sure glad you’re back in CA. Harry went to your talk at the NHC in San Diego with one of the shirts on and wanted to talk to you but so did everyone else, you’re a popular guy!!! Hope you have a great day!!! And lots of great beers!

  3. mitch says

    Thanks Jay for posting this! Wow, it’s nice to see these comments from my friends in Hollister- I miss San Andreas!

  4. Kim and Harry Graham says

    Happy bday Mitch! Sure hope you had a great bday! Harry wore his San Andreas sweatshirt on our trip to Sac. recently and mine was in the laundry, wear it so much. Good luck in your new venture!!!!! Sure it will be a change going to Georgia but an exciting one. Cheers, Kim and Harry, San Jose, CA

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