Beer Birthday: Todd Ashman

Today is also the birthday of Todd Ashman, who turns 57. Todd is originally from Santa Rosa, but spent a number of years brewing at Flossmoor Station near Chicago, and then short stints at Titletown Brewing in Green Bay, Wisconsin and with Brewers Supply Group. Several years ago, Todd moved back to California to take a position brewing with a then-new brewery in Truckee, Fifty Fifty Brewing, which he’s made into an amazing brewing powerhouse. Some health issues sidelined Todd for a time, and he’s moved back to Santa Rosa, but I did see him in Philly for World Beer Cup judging. He’s currently consulting remotely as the operations manager for FiftyFifty, and is hopeful he can be back in Truckee after too long. Join me in wishing Todd a very happy birthday.

Peter Hoey, at left, from Sacramento Brewing, with Todd at the 2009 Northern California Homebrew Festival.

Todd Ashman, from Fifty Fifty Brewing
Todd at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival.

Todd at Hair of the Dog during OBF in 2007.


  1. Ward says

    Todd is a good dude. After I stopped at 50/50 for some grub and a drink I emailed the owners (Fellow Chico State Alumns) and commended them on great beer and food., I mentioned that if they could get a few recipes from their brewer for me, I would like to brew them myself. I had an email from Todd with recipes for their Golden Ale and their Trippel within a day or so. He was even nice enough to answer a few follow up questions that I had.

    Happy Birthday Todd, I can’t wait to get back up to Truckee to try some of your barrel aged stuff.

  2. Kendall Staggs says

    Todd is one of nicest guys in the business, and a great brewer who helped pioneer modern barrel-aged beers in America.

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