Strike Brewing Company opened its doors at our South 10th Street location in San José in July of 2014. Our goal was to bring beer that was high quality, consistent, and innovative to a deserving San José which at that time was underrepresented in the greater craft beer community. Since our inception, we have won numerous awards and local and national competitions, collaborated with breweries and community groups, and established ourselves as a local hangout with an extensive taplist.
Jennifer launched her professional career with a chain of six specialty bakeries. She sat on the board of the National Association of Catering Executives and went on to study the brewing industry in graduate school. With an MBA from the Jones School of Business entrepreneurship program, Jennifer continues to drive the rapid expansion of Strike Brewing Company.
Co-Founder/ Director of Warehouse Operations
Former Stanford baseball pitcher and graduate, Drew Ehrlich, immersed himself in the brewing industry, winning the Gold Medal US Open Beer Championship in 2013. Drew assisted commercial brewers Firehouse Brewing in Sunnyvale, California. He has created over 100 recipes and is the Brewmaster of all of the Strike Brewing Company beer.
Matt runs all of the packaging here at Strike. He's pretty much awesome and has great patience. He was born and raised in San Jose and has traveled extensively around the world. When he is not listening to thrash metal, smooth jazz, and NPR, he is cheering on his favorite football club, the Tottenham Hotspurs. His favorite beer is the one that he is packaging that day.
Ryan has been brewing at Strike Brewing Co. since early 2015 and is passionate for the industry and sharing his craft. Over the last couple of years, Ryan has helped develop our "Bullpen Series" line-up of experimental and one-off brews, culminating in a Silver Medal at the 2016 US Open Beer Championship for Screaming Hand Imperial Amber.
Alayna is a history buff. A beer history buff! And a tremendously big fan of the rich history of women in the beer industry. Alayna's favorite styles are Scottish Wee Heavy, Stouts, and Gose. But really, sort of everything or anything brewed well, and with rich flavors.
Visit Alayna at the Strike Brewing Co. Warehouse Taproom to talk beer!
Neil is a beer geek who originally was more interested in wine. But he attended a craft beer festival in 2004, and realized how fascinated he was with the complexities of beer. Neil boasts a beer cellar of 350+ bottles, and trades with people all over the country. His favorite styles are: Lambic, IPA, and any kind of a barrel aged stout, porter, or wild ale. Oh, and did we mention that he's a Meteorologist for PGE? Really! Just ask him.
With 30+ years experience in operations, capital projects, and startups, Bill applies his vast experience to help Strike grow. Bill was formerly the VP of operations at Nektar Therapeutics and Director of Operations at Abbott Laboratories. Bill holds several advanced degrees and is an expert in manufacturing operations.
Nation Sales Manager
Robert has over 30 years experience in Sales, Marketing, and Public Relations, with a substantial expertise in building territories to full capacity. Robert is passionate about the people that craft delicious beers, the ceaseless attention to quality, and the immense potential for growth in an industry he loves.
Marketing & Operations Advisor
James is a Kaizen partner and formerly CEO of PrizeBox. James has extensive experience scaling early stage startups, raising seed capital, and leading operations.
James is on the advisory board of several startups in the United States, assisting with marketing, scaling, operations, distribution, and product.
Barry is a Kaizen partner who for 11 years helped Netflix grow from a pre-IPO, US startup to an international entertainment brand with over 23 million subscribers. Barry advises several startups, not just in, marketing, but brand, customer acquisition, conversion, UX, and social media integration.
Gary is a Kaizen partner who for 8 years helped Netflix explode from a few million to 33 million U.S. subscribers. Before that, Gary was the head of brand at AT&T wireless with 55 million customers. Gary advises several startups in the Bay Area.