Meet Our Brewmaster
JAMES COSTA, Brewmaster
Over the last 17 years, James Costa has had the pleasure of working at some of Northern California's most notable craft breweries, assisting in the creation of some truly spectacular beers. He was Bear Republic's first Assistant Brewer, and during his time there James soaked up as much as he could about the brewing process, including aiding in the production of their now famous flagship beer, Racer 5.
James believes that in order to continually create great beers, the key is to never stop learning. He's competed in the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado every year since 1996 and annually attends The Hop Union Hop School to learn about the hop harvest in Yakima, Washington. At the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company he is eager to continue this education, especially when it comes to creating beers that pair well with food, and immerse himself in the warm and family-friendly environment.