Hailing from San Diego, Travis’ love of sour began after graduating from SDSU with a degree in Graphic Design. “I had friends that worked at a brewery who also homebrewed. Me and my buddy, we were always into making weird and interesting kettle sours,” Travis remarks. What started as a hobby turned into something so many greater when a move to the Bay Area gave Travis the inspiration he needed. “My wife’s job relocated up here. We thought it’d be fun and we wanted to give living in the Bay Area a try. I figured it was the right place to get into brewing.”
As with many other craft breweries, our OAK Project is somewhat removed from our regular brewhouse, allowing great creative freedom for our barrel program gents. “The barrel department is pretty autonomous. We have enough work that Zack [Bassett] and I get to do more of what we want with the beer,” Travis explains. “I’ve been really happy with how our kettle sours have been moving forward. That’s always been my thing. We just started doing them about a year and a half ago and Oaklander Weisse is already quite successful.”
Join us at the brewery in San Leandro on April 7th, starting at 4pm, for our First Friday block party, benefiting Roosevelt Elementary and Bancroft Middle Schools. Travis will be on hand until 6pm to chat bugs, barrels and pro-wrestling trivia. To top it off, we’ll have live music and not-so-traditional waffle sandwiches from Stuff My Waffle. See you there!