It starts with the beer.
Since 1994 Santa Maria Brewing Co. has been the best little brewery nobody knew about. Founded by Dan Hilker and Gary Ford, Santa Maria Brewing Co. is the best kept secret for those traveling up and down Highway 101 in California. With the incredible support of local clientele, Santa Maria stands tall, never sacrificing the quality of our award-winning beer.
In July of 2013 a new partnership emerged, ten years in the making. Purchased by Byron & Karen Moles and partnering with Dan Hilker, Santa Maria Brewing Co. has moved into a new home, expanded our barrel production, partnering with select pubs, restaurants, and retailers across the U.S, started an incredible Beer of the Month Club. We look forward to serving you the highest quality, most memorable beer we can produce.
How do you define passion for your chosen profession? I take the notion of that, to the all consuming drive to be the best in all you do towards a goal of perfection. 30 years ago I set out a plan to be the best small brewery on the central coast. With the help of my good friend Gary Ford, we acquired the land, the equipment, the training, and the support of friends and customers to do just that.
For those chosen few, the entertainment, the parties, the food and the warm family atmosphere are legendary. What stood above all else was the beer Gary and I made. State fair award-winning beer, IPA, Pale Ale, Stouts and Porters, gold through bronze: a dream fulfilled for the both of us.
Today, Gary has retired and I stand at an open door to the future with my new partner Byron Moles. I am going to brew, and train new brewers to take the Santa Maria Brewing Co. to the next level. Hang on - the ride is only going to get better.
RESTAURANT OPERATIONS MANAGER
DIRECTOR OF BREWING OPERATIONS
LEAD BARTENDER & SERVER
NIPOMO TAPROOM MANAGER