Our Story

In 2009, Humble Sea Brewery began in the side yard of a seedy dwelling, located in Santa Cruz’s Pleasure Point. Nick Pavlina was in his early twenties and had recently graduated from Chico State University. He moved into the ultimate bachelor pad with his best friends in the heart of Pleasure Point. There were monthly parties, plenty of surf to be had and copious amounts of beer consumption. Nick regularly brewed, using his friends as a testing ground. 

Before long, his beer was in high demand. Seven years later, after circulating through a variety of Nick’s acquaintances, Frank & Taylor moved into the same 34th ave house. Where the original idea was planted, Nick’s dream sprung forward like a weed with just enough sunlight. Collaboration occurred. A team formed. Humble Sea Brewery ascended upwards and into clouds of soft water profiles and Southern Hemispheric aromas.


Who started this thing?

Nick Pavlina

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 royal lineage of of beertending and managing 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, taking photos or seeking the worlds rarest and sexiest beers known to man.



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 :) 



See our brewers do dumb things online. It's public here.