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Community Highlights: Meet Bryan Olson of 8one8 Brewing

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryan Olson.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
OUR ROOTS: The start of 818 Brewing can be traced back to three things — the discovery of a new bar, our curiosity and our entrepreneurial spirit.

The time spent at a new, local bar was actually our crash course to the craft brew scene. Thanks to this crazy new bar in Winnetka, CA and our buddy the bartender, we were introduced to new styles of beer that were much different than the commercial brands we were used to. After many conversations on the process of making beer and the brewing techniques of smaller breweries, we decided to take a chance at brewing our own malted, adult beverages!

We signed up for a Maltose Falcons class, bought a brewing kit and a turkey fryer and made a batch of beer on June 23, 2012. After this first batch, we were hooked! We invested more time in learning about the process, fabricated custom brewing equipment and experimented with new recipes while tweaking them to make them our own.

After serving samples of our homemade brews and getting positive feedback, we began talking of doing it legit and opening up a brewery! Given our Valley roots and the fact our beer was brewed out of a garage in Sylmar, CA, we decided 818 Brewing was the perfect name and we filed our paperwork in October 2014 for our new venture.

What we’ve enjoyed the most along our journey is the sense of community within the craft brew scene. Not many products can bring people together of different nationalities, age groups, religious beliefs, income levels, political views – and even fellow brewers! – And create a moment of common ground. 8 one 8 Brewing is proud to offer a product that brings us together to say cheers!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
When we decided on opening a brewery most of the feedback was don’t do it in the City of Los Angeles. At the time, people were referring to the red tape and headache of dealing with a big city like Los Angeles that has many outdated processes, rules and regulations. The state of California, the county of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles continues to make unfriendly decisions for the local business community. We’re lucky to be rooted in the valley and have the support of some amazing customers! We’re thankful for all the support and we’re thankful for the opportunity to do what we do everyday!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
We’re a microbrewery and tasting room located in Canoga Park, CA. We specialize in producing quality local craft beer. Our top beers are Valley Girl Blonde, Matador Red, Good Day IPA, Machete Mexican Lager. Our general story is common in the craft beer world, we started as home brewers and decided to open a brewery. We offer a diverse selection of beers to match the diversity the valley has to offer. The community has built a hub here and we continue to be a leading brewery in the valley and one of LA’s best kept secrets. We are 8one8 Brewing “The Valley’s Brewery”.

What are your plans for the future?
We continue to grow at a steady pace that we can manage. We continue to brew our core beers and evolve into new styles with the same quality our customers expect from 8one8. We will continue to look for opportunities to build the brand and produce more beer for the valley and beyond!

Contact Info:

  • Email: info@818brewing.com
  • Website: 818brewing.com
  • Instagram: @818brewing
  • Facebook: @818brewing
  • Twitter: @818brewing

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Daniel Havis

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