Chief Brewing Officer, Co-founder, Crazed Cyclist
Like many brewers who apprentice to get their start, Rubber Soul's original soul found his early days were not short on hours of cleaning and stacking kegs. After paying his dues, Jesse was soon hired on as brewer and eventually worked his way into Head Brewer position at Appalachian Brewing Company in his hometown of Harrisburg, PA. In his time there, Jesse formulated many of the award winning recipes that are still being enjoyed on tap there today.
After collecting numerous medals in both regional and national level craft beer competitions (such renowned contests as the Great American Beer Fest & World Beer Cup) Jesse felt it was time to explore other brewing styles. A few short months later he was practicing the art of 'extreme brewing' with Sam Calagione and company at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Jesse spent the next ten years at Dogfish Head Brewing discovering the true meaning of "niche-brewing" as he worked his way up through the company, starting with Cellar Supervisor, Brewing Supervisor and eventually as a Research & Development Brewer. In addition to helping develop and brew some of the nation's finest, unique, award-winning brews Jesse found new ways to explore how the world engages the craft brewing art. There was only one way to go and that was up!
Never one to turn down adventure, Jesse is now exploring his own dream with a few old friends from the industry. Now in its third year, Rubber Soul Brewing has come onto the craft beer scene like a freight train. Jesse’s creativity, brewing acuity and wide-ranging system experience (brewing on anything from a 1 barrel to 200 barrel systems) make him a rare find within the brewing world. Welcome to Rubber Soul Brewing!