Brewer Profiles

Meet the talented team of passionate brewers who bring their vision to life at BJ’s every day.  Our brewery management team prides itself in its diversity of talents and interests.
 

Alex Puchner

Sr. Vice President of Brewing Operations

With BJ's since beginning of 1996. Previously brewed for Laguna Beach Brewing Company (1 year) and Huntington Beach Beer Company (2 years). Consulting brewer for Newport Beach Brewing Co. and Westwood Brewing Co. Began homebrewing in 1986. BJCP National Judge.

Nickname:

Bud

Education:

B.A. (Beer Appreciation) degree from Cornell. M.B.A. (Master of Beer Appreciation) from University of Chicago. Siebel short courses in Brewing Microscopy and Essential QC.

Previous Career(s):

Marketing for Mattel Toys.

Favorite Beer Style(s):

IPA and most Belgian styles.

Favorite Domestic Beer or Brewery:

Sierra Nevada

Favorite Imported Beer or Brewery:

Rodenbach Grand Cru

Other Hobbies/Interests:

My family (2 children and 3 dogs), backpacking, skiing, running, mountain biking and music.

Life's Ambition:

To spend a year traveling around the world with my wife, Kerry.

Michael Ferguson

Director of Contract Brewing and Beer Training

With BJ’s since 2004. Currently a contributing writer for the Southwest Brewing News. Previously brewed for Station Casinos, Inc.; and was responsible for Hofbrauhaus Brewery & Pub in Kansas City, MO; Sunset Brewing Company in Henderson, NV; and Barley’s Casino & Brewing Company, also in Henderson, for 8 years. Before that it was Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, starting at GB1 in Palo Alto, CA in 1990.

Nickname:

Mufasa (also depending on where I am: Chef, Big Daddy, Fergie and B3)

Position:

Director of Contract Brewing and Beer Training

Previous Career(s):

Adjunct Professor and Brew Master at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Department of Food and Beverage Management, William F Harrah College of Hotel Administration; a long and varied career at IBM that took me to 36 of these United States.

Education:

B.S. in Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Favorite Beer Style(s):

Bavarian styles, especially the Bock beers and Scottish and Scotch ales.

Favorite Domestic Beer or Brewery:

Other than ours, Sierra Nevada and Anchor Brewing.

Favorite Imported Beer or Brewery:

Traquair House

Other Hobbies/Interests:

Motorcycles, martial arts, writing and reading.

Life's Ambition:

To eventually publish a novel and spend the money taking a motorcycle beer tour of the world.

Derek Osborne

Director of Brewery R&D, QA, OSHA Compliance

With BJ's since our first brewery in 1996. BJ's brewing experience: Brea, CA; Portland, OR; Boulder, CO; Chandler, AZ; Tacoma, WA.

Nickname:

Doc

Position:

Director of Brewery R&D, QA, OSHA Compliance

Education:

Doctors degree from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX.

Previous Career(s):

Chiropractor

Favorite Beer Style(s):

Anything hoppy

Favorite Domestic Beer or Brewery:

BJ's Big Fish: Chandler, AZ

Other Hobbies/Interests:

4-wheeling in the jeep, preferably with the shiny side up, welding and practicing the ancient and skillful art of shooting BS with people I respect.

Life's Ambition:

Grow old with my Sweet Melissa.

John M. Oliver

Director of Brewery Production and Logistics

With BJ's since summer of 1997, previously Assistant Brewer at Ebbets Field Brewing Co. (Springfield, MO). Homebrewer since 1986. GM of The Home Brewery 1994–1997.

Nickname:

Toby

Position:

Director of Brewery Production and Logistics

Education:

B.S. in Graphic Communications Management, Cal. Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.

Previous Career(s):

Various sales and management positions in high-quality commercial printing.

Favorite Beer Style(s):

Oktoberfest/Marzen, Bock

Favorite Domestic Beer or Brewery:

Sierra Nevada

Favorite Imported Beer or Brewery:

Paulaner, Spaten

Other Hobbies/Interests:

Fishing, hunting and classic cars.

Life's Ambition:

To be as good and supportive to my family and friends as they have been to me in my life.