M.Special brewery was fortunate enough to partner with one of the most passionate and inventive brewers in the area. Josh is an award winning brewer who specializes in making beers to satisfy the amazingly complex and ever thirsty palates of todays’ Zymurgy enthusiasts. His passion for beer was born in his garage as a homebrewer, and has fueled him to literally dozens of awards, medals, and accolades.
In 2014 he had a beer entered in the prestigious Great American Beer Festival’s Pro-Am Division. He’s a former winner of the fabled Santa Barbeerians Brewer of the Year award and earned Silver and Bronze certificates at the 2014 National Homebrew Competition which, at over 9000 entries, is considered the largest brew contest on earth. Josh has made beer with and learned from, some of the best beer makers on the planet, and is now eager to apply that education to making great beer for the people in his hometown.
Josh moved to Goleta in late 1994 to attend UCSB where he graduated in 1998, and has lived in the Santa Barbara area ever since. In 2001 he married a local girl, who was raised here, and shares a beautiful daughter, 2 cats, a dog, a fish, and a home with her. Sara’s patience and acceptance of Josh’s borderline obsession with making great beer was critical to his development as a brewer and her patience and acceptance of the long hours he put in while building out this project has been critical to M. Special moving from concept to reality.
“I love beer. Not simply the end product, but the process. I love the craft of beermaking and I love the reward of watching the happy faces of people who enjoy my beer. I have worked a desk job for the better part of 20 years, but I can’t imagine a more fulfilling life’s purpose than making beer. My growth as a brewer has been a community effort. From my affiliation with other homebrewers, other commercial brewers, suppliers, and breweries comes a feeling of community, and I hope that’s exactly what our new brewery brings to the good people who live here. If there is one immutable truth I’ve found during this journey, it’s: Good beer equals good people.”