Midnight Jack Brewing: A new brewery with a long history
Way back in the late 20's, my grandfather was a part-time bootlegger in Newark, NJ. Jack, as he was known to his friends and family, was an auto mechanic turning wrenches in a little corner garage. Few actually knew that to make ends meet, he would run beer and spirits to and from Virginia a few nights per month. To those few who knew about his side work he became known as 'Midnight Jack'.
After some time of running beer, Jack decided to expand his enterprise by opening a speakeasy out of the warehouse space in the back of his garage. It was the best kept secret in Newark. After prohibition ended however, so did the speakeasy and Jack returned to the quiet life of a mechanic. Midnight Jack faded into history and soon became a bit of folk lore.
Like my grandfather, I am an auto mechanic by trade. I began home brewing about 27 years ago. I was living at the Jersey Shore and back then I would make semi-monthly trips to the areas only home brew supply store about 20 miles away. I learned very early the importance of pure, high quality ingredients. By that I mean that I have had my fair share of exploding beer bottles. :)
In 2006, my wife and two kids put down roots in Oceanside, CA. It wasn't long before I was neck-deep in the San Diego beer scene. I began entering home brew competitions and was soon scooping up medals including the Samuel Adams Long Shot Western Division honor. Eventually, I became a BJCP beer judge and I have been active in many of the local and national competitions including the San Diego International Beer Festival.
Like my grandfather, I have a passion for making great beer and sharing it with my friends. I make it a point to use only the finest ingredients. The result is unquestionably flavorful and unique beer. To me, brewing beer is not a hobby - its a lifestyle. It is meant to be experienced and enjoyed!