Thursday, March 28, 2013

Modern Times calls for Modern Funding

Are you searching for the raddest new brewery coming your way? End your search at by helping out one of the most promising groups of guys to fulfill their dreams of opening Modern Times Brewing Company. The brainchild of Jacob McKean, former social media guru at Stone Brewing, Modern Times promises to deliver with beautifully minted canned beers and a solid sour beer program. With the support of his family and friends McKean bravely left Stone to seek his fortune as the next San Diego brewery rockstar.

Let it be known, he is not going it alone. He has an amazing team that includes one of the coolest brewers I have had the opportunity to meet: Derek Freese. I found Derek wandering around a local beerfest grumbling about the music and saving me from tasting a beer I didn't really want in my mouth. My new friend was no other than the head brewer at Monkey Paw. What blew me away the most was that was his first professional brewing gig—this man has talent!

Months pass and I learn that Derek has a new project on the brain: Modern Times. His enthusiasm is contagious: “If you talk to Jacob about his vision for Modern Times, understand the passion involved with the other people coming on board, and realize that stepping into a brewery like this could be a lifelong career, you'd see why it was a no-brainer. We're going to kick ass.”

Derek isn't the only beerstar involved with Modern Times. The beer [ninja] team includes Lost Coast Brewing's Head Brewer for the last 2 years, Matt Walsh, who has done amazing things at the brewery up in Eureka. There's also Alex Tweet from Ballast Point, and fellow blogger Mike Tonsmeire of the famed Mad Fermentationist.

Knowing you’re going to kick ass is an envious place to start, however, funding is of course always needed to make dreams come true. Jacob has a strong team of brewers and industry experts backing him, and now he’s looking for some investors via Kickstarter.  

I am very excited about their session beer lineup, their snazzy looking cans, and I’m especially looking forward to the sticky-icky "Hoppy Dankness." I encourage all of you to please check out their kickstarter and for as little as $10 get some very sweet rewards. This is your chance to directly support craft beer in San Diego; help Modern Times open their doors by early summer!



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