Humble Sea started as a fiercely underfunded collaboration between 3 budz from the Santa Cruz Mountains. The brewery was bootstrapped on a 1 barrel brewing system on Nick’s grandmother-in-law’s farm in rural Ben Lomond before the boys had enough guts (and bucks) to open the brewery and taproom on the Westside of Santa Cruz.
In 2017 the humble vision of becoming a community hub for beer lovers and changemakers became a reality. Since opening we’ve raised over $35,000 for causes we care about.
But first, there was homebrew. In 2009, our head brewer Nick Pavlina, began homebrewing under the alias of Humble Sea. After several national homebrew medals he pitched opening a brewery in late 2014 to cofounders Taylor West and Frank Scott Krueger. Collaboration occurred. A team formed. Humble Sea Brewing Co. ascended upwards and into billowy fog of soft water profiles and Southern Hemispheric aromas.
It's a fact, the above losers are just the founders. The ones who came up with the idea, bootstrapped the company for several years, and made a shit-load of mistakes. This company is nothing (we mean nothing!) without the team.
Also a fact: we have the greatest brewers and beertenders of all time. The best way to get to know them is to come in for a beer and ask awkward questions about dress code and carbonation levels.
You can also get a damn good feel for them on our Instagram :)
Who started this thing?
Head Brewer, Cofounder
The head brewer and soul behind the beer. Nick is a second-generation Chico State graduate, learning to homebrew from his dad back in 2008 and obsessively brewing ever since. After graduating from the American Brewers Guild with a degree in brewing and engineering he set out to make this damn dream a reality. Beyond fixing literally everything in the brewery, Nick specializes in brewing traditional European ales and lagers with artistic and distinctly American twists.
Taproom & Accounts Manager, Cofounder
Manager of our taproom, sales, and operations. Taylor comes from a background of of creating rad experiences at places like West End Tap & Kitchen — a gastro-pub voted best in Santa Cruz in 2014, Lúpulo Craft Beer House, and East End Gastropub. When he's not sweating profusely in our taproom he's shredding nectar little waves, reading and/or bio-hacking his body to perform better than yours.
Frank Scott Krueger
Creative director, cofounder
Designer, brander, and in-house pretentious hipster. Frank's background is as a creative director for design agency Good Knife that focuses on designing apps for fun brands like Spotify, Looker, Expedia and his mom. He's had strange and roller coaster-esque experiences founding startups and and making art of his own. When he's not screenprinting random shit for Humble Sea you can find him traveling, snapping pics or drinking crispy beers around the globe.