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Brian Thorson of Chapman Crafted Beer                                          Photo Credit: Matthew M. Combs


Chapman Crafted Beer – now open in Old Towne Orange – is easily one of the most anticipated brewery openings in years. Why? One is that co-founder Wil Dee is one of the most

knowledgeable owners in the beer biz, helming critically acclaimed Haven Gastropub and Provisions Market.

But two, and more importantly when it comes to the beer you’ll be drinking (a lot of) from your Chapman Crafted glass, is Mr. Brian Thorson. Among an ever-growing group of bad ass,

world class brewers that call the great LA/OC region home, Thorson is already respected as a tier-one peer (if not mentor).

Dee and Thorson previously teamed up at Haven Brewing, and it is no mystery, when Thorson came on board he quickly elevated the beers to buzz-worthy status. He is a consummate

professional when it comes to brewing having learned and perfected his skills at Harpoon in Boston, then Trumer in Berkeley, followed by a head brewer gig at Drake’s where all he did

was tweak Drake’s 1500 into what became arguably the best pale ale in California at the time. Oh yeah. He also created a couple of not-so-little beers you may have heard of --- Aroma Coma

and Hopocalypse. Boom.

I asked Dee about his brewer and he responded, “I have learned more about beer in the past four years from Brian, than all the people I have come across in the past 20 years in this

business. There are a lot of great people in beer business, but Brian is one of the most kind hearted, genuine, and hardworking I have come across.”

The Return of Thorson? An emphatic “Hell Yes!” and we will drink to that at Chapman Crafted.


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