Why We Love Beer - A Short Story By Ken Lovi
Even before opening Knotty Barrel we have been passionate about beer. Ken Lovi has been in the hospitality business since 1983 (yes that's correct) and has been running and owning restaurants in San Diego since 1995. Ken remembers when the first beer craze came to the US, in 1995, when bars where putting on 24-40 draft handles and the big focus was European style beers, along with the beginning of craft beers such as Karl Strauss, Humboldt Brewing, Sierra Nevada to mention a few. Since that time we have been passionate about not just craft, but great beers.
Over time and with the constant nag(in a good way) of regulars we decided to get into the brewery business. One thing that was important to us was to not just make good beer, but to make beer we actually drink and enjoy. With that being said we started searching for a brew master that had the same passion we did. This was a lot harder than we thought. After reviewing many resumes and doing countless interviews we decided we needed to search outside of San Diego.
With a little luck we ended up in touch with Donovan Lane the head brewer from a small brewery just outside of Portland Maine. After many conversations and the winter thaw settling in on Maine we convinced Donovan to pack up his car and drive cross country to San Diego for the position of Brew Master for Knotty Brewing.
To get to the point, we have a very simple goal in mind. Create great British and European style beers that everyone can enjoy. We aren't the usual hop focused brewery, but a brewery that focuses on clean, crisp, true to style beers. So whenever you stop in, make sure to say hello to our team of passionate beer geeks and let them know how much you enjoy craft beer. Don't be surprised if they pull up a chair and talk your ear off about craft beer since that is pretty much all they know.