1978 Sucked For Beer Drinkers

The beer, it has no name.

The beer, it has no name.

1978 sucked for beer drinkers, with only 89 total breweries operating in the states, palatable beers were more likely found in backwood distilleries than in your local liquor store. Since then, craft breweries have initiated a surge in beer quality. If consumers are reaching for a low grade beer, it’s solely to get wrecked for the cheapest price. Like other craft breweries, we pride ourself on brewing the highest quality beer with the highest quality ingredients. However, before Humble Sea was brewing, beer wasn’t always the focal point of our lives. Below is a breakdown of what Nick, Frank and Taylor were doing prior to establishing Humble Sea Brewery.   

Ok, so I lied, Nick’s been brewing forever! Or at least it seems that way. Pre Humble Sea, Nick attended Chico State University, excelled in construction management and accepted a job for Devcon post graduation. Things were groovy...except the economy tanked and Nick lost his job. His free time was now focused on constructing unique beers. Fueled by radical ales and lagers, Nick realized his passion belonged in fine tuning non traditional recipes. Enter the American Brewer’s Guild, add on copious amounts of homework (yes, brewing school is not laissez faire, it’s rigorous shit!) and after a few years Nick graduated again. The economy accelerated, Nick founded his own construction company, and the dream of full time brewing has appeared closer than ever.

Frank volunteering at a school in Nicaragua.

Frank volunteering at a school in Nicaragua.

Frank graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego California with a degree in graphic design. Post graduation, he moved to Guatemala and attended the Spanish speaking school Tecun Uman. Driven by fluency, Frank sought out isolated communities in the hills of Guatemala, fully immersing himself in the language. After two years of traveling and volunteering in Latin America, he eventually landed himself a job as a senior designer of his favorite branding studio ImagenHB in Argentina. After years of vagabonding abroad for a total of three years, Frank returned to Santa Cruz and immediately began planning his next move.

Post SEMO Football game photo shoot with Nevin, Georgia and Brandon West. SEMO lost, Taylor broke his hand. 

Post SEMO Football game photo shoot with Nevin, Georgia and Brandon West. SEMO lost, Taylor broke his hand. 

Taylor attended Cabrillo College with the goal of playing football at the highest possible level. Upon receipt of a football scholarship to Southeast Missouri State University, Taylor packed up two bags of clothes and headed east to Cape Girardeau. Following a three year hiatus, two knee surgeries and a handful of broken bones, Taylor returned home with his degree in Health Management. He immediately began supplementing his income through leadership roles in the hospitality industry, along with his own personal training business. With graduate school in his crosshairs, Taylor shelved applications to pursue the opportunity of co-founding Humble Sea with Nick and Frank.  

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