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WestBrew was created to celebrate the best of the West. Each of our beers highlights a unique aspect of the West Coast from the shimmering beaches of Southern California to the trails of Yosemite.
Our production facility sits in Vista, CA accompanied by a 2,000 square foot tasting room created for comfort.
WestBrew is committed to brewing high-quality craft beer that encompasses the local spirit of the San Diego beer scene. Our team sources ingredients from around the world to create a blend of old-world style beers and new innovative offerings.
We wanted to create a comfortable, modern, coastal vibe that feels like home with beers that exceed expectations. Our Vista tasting room provides an outdoor seating area, a comfortable lounge area with a projector, and the main bar is equipped with two TVs. Every ounce of WestBrew beer is made at this location.
Owner/Founder: Josh Schreer
Joshua Schreer has been brewing beer for over a decade with both of his great grandfathers being brewers. Starting WestBrew furthers that brewer tradition. After 7-years in the Army, Josh received his Bachelor of Science of Construction Management of Architecture at Pratt Institute in NYC and started his own construction company EvergreenCali. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY Josh has now been in Southern California for 12 years after falling in love with California. Josh loves the ocean and has a passion for surfing. He’s the proud dad to 4 kids and his wife Heather is his best friend. His perfect day would be sitting at the beach in Cardiff while his kids play and he and his wife share a beer.
Head Brewer: Cody Gagnon
Born and raised in California, Cody spends most of his time surfing, skating, and playing water polo. He attended California State University of San Marcos and achieved his Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Cody also furthered his years of home-brewing knowledge by attending the University of California San Diego’s Master Brewer’s program. Before becoming the Head Brewer at WestBrew, he was apart of the RnD team at Pizza Port, fine tuning their new recipes on the 1 barrel pilot system. When it comes to brewing, Cody takes the creative approach, using all of the resources he can get his hands on to create new beers and techniques to improve our quality of beer here at Westbrew. When Cody isn’t brewing, he likes hanging out with his wife and 2 dogs, a pug and a pitty. If he’s not hanging out with them, you’ll likely catch him down by the beach or listening to music from his vinyl collection. We're so grateful to have such a talented and passionate brewer creating and working so hard to put out the best quality brews possible.
General Manager: Matt Johnson
Born and raised in San Diego, Matt graduated from SDSU in 2008 with a bachelor's degree and continues to support the university and the local community. Matt has worked as an owner, general manager, consultant and sales director in startup breweries since 2012, gaining valuable experience in all aspects of the business side of craft beer. Matt has been showcased on many local, national and international outlets including CBS 8, NBC 7, ABC 10, KUSI, FOX San Diego, 91X, 101 KGB and a national Brewer's Association Profile.
Matt has put his blood, sweat and tears into getting WestBrew through all the ups and downs of opening during a pandemic and goes the extra mile in order to keep things running smoothly. WestBrew is very lucky to have Matt in our corner. As a big sports fan Matt enjoys keeping up with all local sports and spending time with his family.
Head of Sales: Jay Jones
Jay Jones is a legend in the beer industry, not only because of his extensive experience working with several major craft breweries but also because of his incredible beer knowledge and ability to bring people together. Jay has taken on the sales and distribution for WestBrew and is a cherished member of the WestBrew fam.
Creative Director and Marketing Coordinator: Heather Schreer
Heather was born and raised in San Diego and has a passion for celebrating what she loves about WestBrew and the West Coast. Before opening WestBrew with her husband Josh, Heather received her associates degree in Theology and then went onto nearly complete her studies in Nutritional Sciences before she stopped to devote all her time to being a mom. She now works hand in hand with Josh to create the interior design of all of the WestBrew spaces and pursues her love of design and creativity with her business By the Sea Design. She currently handles all social media accounts and is always looking to learn more about the industry and hone her skills in marketing . Heather is a mom to three kids and loves the beach, rock climbing and the food and beer scene!