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Check Out Brews With Masters’ Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brews With Masters.

Alright, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Derek Lee Ramsey and I started Brews With Masters in 2019. Longtime beer fans, we set out to put the faces behind the beers we love on center stage. We very literally have brews with masters…master brewers. We interview head brewers and brewery owners about their beers, brewing inspirations and brewing processes. We also speak with brewery patrons to see what they enjoy about the tasting room. By giving a brewery’s backstory while providing an inside look to the facility, we hope to convince viewers to support some of our favorite local breweries. We’ve done insightful, in-depth features on breweries throughout The Valley (8one8, Hand-Brewed, MacLeod’s, Brewyard) and beyond, including Moorpark (Enegren), Anaheim (Backstreet), Monrovia (Pacific Plate), Santa Clarita (Telco) and Newhall (Draconum).

When the pandemic hit, tasting rooms–like many other things–were shut down. We shifted our focus to live Instagram interviews with award-winning homebrewers, contract brewers and brewers in the process of opening their own brick-and-mortar.

While folks were forced to stay home, drinking throughout America was on the rise. We noticed a dangerous trend of people enjoying too many delicious craft beers without caring for their own mental and physical health. The #EarnYourBrew campaign was born. It’s OK to enjoy tasty craft creations, but you’ve got to earn it with a walk, hike, run, yoga flow, stretch session, ANYTHING. Stretch your limbs, breathe some fresh air and enjoy the serenity of the outdoors.

We organized our first group hiking event on Oct. 10, a brisk 5K stroll through O’Melveny Park in Granada Hills. Nearly 50 craft beer fans joined for the hike, and for the special Hikers’ Happy Hour that followed at San Fernando Brewing. The crew at San Fernando was kind enough to provide prizes for a free raffle.

In the future, we hope to plan more races, hiking days, biking days and maybe even beach days that all end at a nearby brewery.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
This whole experience has been better than we ever imagined. Even with our YouTube features being put on temporary hiatus, we’ve managed to stay engaged with the craft beer community while integrating our love for outdoor activities. With our second #EarnYourBrew5K event scheduled and filming planned for our next YouTube feature, we’re very optimistic for what’s to come.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
We specialize in creating in-depth brewery features for our YouTube channel. We aim to share the stories of local craft brewers and the owners of tiny microbreweries that are locked in a constant battle against Big Beer. Learning about a brewer’s inspiration behind a beer or seeing the intense attention to detail they have with their creations will hopefully allow our viewers to gain a new level of appreciation for these crafters. That’s why Derek and I are barely on-screen for our videos. We want the brewers to tell their story and connect with our viewers.

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
We’ve learned that opening, owning and operating a successful brewery is much more difficult than one would assume. We’ve gained a new level of appreciation for all breweries, especially those that survived the slew of unfair closures throughout the pandemic. Since they’ve reopened, we’ve done our best to help return beer fans to the stools of local craft breweries.


  • Our #EarnYourBrew5K events are free

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