Meet Our Brewmasters
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. But it won’t be all about James' education. "I look forward to bringing a hoppier style of beers to Half Moon Bay," he says, "Some people may find them intimidating at first, but I look forward to introducing the community to something a little different."
SHANE ALDRICH, Head Brewer
It's not every day that a brewery tour changes the course of someone’s life, but in the case of Shane Aldrich, it was just what this passionate home-brewer needed in order to consider a completely different career path.
Aldrich was born in Denver, CO., but spent most of his life in Arizona. After graduating from high school, he taught himself graphic design and immediately started working in the field, dabbling in home brewing on the side, eventually volunteering at Rio Salado Brewing Company after a brewer tour there, becoming Assistant Brewer in 2002. Since then he has spent a decade learning from some of the best brewers in the state at several Northern California brewing institutions including Marin Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company before joining the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company as Head Brewer alongside Brewmaster James Costa.