Our Story

M. Special is a collective of friends and family from across the world of beer, food and entertainment. Like a true family, each member pulls on their various areas of expertise to create unique beers and experiences.

The portfolio of beers are as diverse as the crew ranging from flavors IPA’s to a Crisp American Lager. The tap room will consistently be a familiar place for regulars to have a beer at the bar but also have the ability to become a hub for great music, food and parties.


Brendan Malloy

Title: Owner
From: Los Angeles
Lives: Los Angeles
Previous Job: Film and commercial Director.
Favorite Food: Taco Bell
Favorite Beer: Lagers
Favorite Quote: Liquor before Beer you’re in the clear.
Person you’d most like to have a beer with: Alex Trabec


Emmett Malloy

Title: Owner
Duties: Make stuff look cool.
From: Los Angeles
Lives: Silverlake, CA
Previous Job: Co-owner of Brushfire Records and Film Director.
Favorite Food: Chips
Favorite Surf Spot: Pipeline (when it’s under-head)


Joshua A. Ellis

Title: Brewmaster/Owner
Duties: Beer brewing, Yeast whispering, Beardscaping
From: Oakland, CA
Lives: Santa Barbara CA, or on a couch in the brewery if there’s beer to obsess over.
Previous Occupation: Financial Planner
Favorite Food: Filet Mignon, Mac n Cheese. Beer.
Favorite surf spot: The impact zone during a cleanup set.
Favorite Beer: The next one.
Person he’d most like to have a beer with: Jesus or Gerry Lopez


Chris Miller

Title: Sales/Wholesale/Distribution
Duties: Work and Kids
From: Pacific Palisades, CA
Lives: Los Olivos
Previous Occupation: Full Time Slacker
Favorite Food: Burrito
Favorite Surf Spot: Wherever the kids wanna go
Person He’d most like to meet: Will Ferrell
Favorite Movie: Shawshank


Ted Fourticq

Title: Owner/CFO
Duties: “Mind on the money and the money on his mind.”
From: Atlanta, GA
Lives: Los Angeles
Previous Job: Partner at Hancock Park Associates (A Los Angeles Based Private Equity Firm.)


Shelley Deardorff

Title: Tap Room Manager (Beer Ninja)
Duties: Brewery liaison, all-around good time manager, herder of cats, keepin’ it real
From: Anchorage, AK
Lives: Buellton, CA
Previous Occupation: Asst Manager Firestone Barrelworks
Favorite Food: Spaghetti o’s with meatballs (don’t judge me!)
Favorite Beer: Anything sour!
Favorite Quote: “That’s what she said”