Erik Schmid : Owner, Head Brewer, Mastermind

Erik Schmid: Owner, Head Brewer, Mastermind


was destined for Beer. "My father was a novice home brewer and beer lover. I went to school at Chico State, and Sierra Nevada kind of sucked me in."

Home brewing since 1992, while earning a degree in Finance that same year, coupled with being a graduate of the American Brewers Guild ('02), it was inevitable that Erik would combine his passion for craft beer with his business finesse, to take over The Brewmeister (a home brew shop, now with 3 locations) in 2005. 

Growing up in Cameron Park, and calling Folsom home with his wife, Lisa, and son, Ollie, for over a decade, Erik saw the need for Folsom to have it's own brewery.  Through the years of seeing Brewmeister customers become successful brewery owners, Erik thought, "Why Not Me?", and began to formulate a plan to open a brewery in Folsom in 2016.  After months of exhausting locations and branding options, Erik stumbled across a red, 68 VW Bus and it all fell into place. 

What you may not know about Erik is that he is an avid sports car racing fan. He is a Sports Car Club of America volunteer and wannabe racer....most likely fueled by owning over 25 cars in his lifetime, and having worked almost as many jobs.

Favorite Beer: Auburn Alehouse's Gold Country Pilsner, "an incredible beer." Other favorites include: Drake's 1500 Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Black Butte Porter.

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