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Beer Birthday: Brenden Dobel


Today is the 53rd birthday of Brenden Dobel, who until recently was the head brewer at Thirsty Bear in San Francisco, but more recently has been brewing at 21st Amendment. Brenden grew up in the Bay Area, but learned brewing in Bavaria, at Doemans. He also brewed at Reccow and Broken Drum, before coming to Thirsty Bear over ten years ago. Brenden’s a terrific guy to share a pint with and discuss arcane subjects like history or English literature. If he hadn’t found brewing, he most likely would have ended up a teacher, or perhaps a sailor. Please join me in wishing Brenden a very happy birthday.

Me and Brenden at the East Bay opening gala for the 2023 SF Beer Week.


With Shaun O’Sullivan at the SF Brewers Guild festival in 2010.


Brenden at some old unknown event.


With Trumer brewmaster Lars Larson at the Celebrator’s 22nd anniversary party in 2010.


Clockwise from Left: Rich Higgins, John Tucci, Brenden & Aron Deorsey with our 4 bottles of dessert at a Sierra Nevada beer dinner after beer camp a few years ago where we made a beer for SF Beer Week.

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