The word 'legend' is often overused but it's a label that seems fitting when talking about Jeff Bagby of Bagby Beer Company. After starting off at Stone back in 1997, he went on to establish a reputation as one of the most accomplished brewers in the world leading the PIzza Port brewpub chain for more than six years. Helping them to win the award for Best Large Brewpub at the Great American Beer Festival three years in a row at their Carlsbad location. In particular, Jeff's name became synonymous with the West Coast IPA, as beers like Poor Man's IPA stood out as leaders in the category.
He decided to strike out on his own and started Bagby Beer with wife Dande in 2014. Their Oceanside, CA tap room is centered around beer's role as social lubricant, designed as a place to share a few beers over good food and good company. The emphasis in the brew house is on achieving excellence in true-to-style representations of classics across the board, encompassing everything from German-style Pilsner and Helles to English-style IPAs, Belgian-style Golden, and Scotch Ale.
We invited Jeff over to Manchester to brew two collaborations - both West Coast hop bombs of course - which were System Failure and JPA.