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.

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.

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Aaron Stueck

Brewery General Manager

"I’ve always had passion for creativity and a fresh outlook on life. If there is a brewer’s gene in the genetic pool, I would say that brewing is in my blood. My grandmother would tell me stories of her father that brewed beer in the 1920’s. When BJ’s Brewhouse hired me as the Head Brewer of Research & Development, this was my opportunity to shine.

The industry that we love so dearly is in a constant state of change. It’s up to us as trade leaders to protect what we have, as well as secure a future for generations to come. I am deeply honored to be a part of the BJ’s Team. My plan is to keep an open eye on current events while holding true to the integrity of those who have laid the foundation of craft beer."

Education:

UW-Stout- BS Graphic Communications Management, Minor Fine Art

Favorite Style to Brew:

AdamBier

Favorite BJ's Beer:

Studio Session

Favorite Domestic Brewery:

New Glarus

Favorite Import Brewery:

Aynger (Germany)

Hobbies:

Writing music, Oil Painting, Wood Carving, Mountain Biking, Vinyl Records, Hiking, and Beer

Life Ambitions:

I plan to create a record label, record an album and press it on vinyl.

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Josh Fulk

Director of Brewing Operations

Previously served as the brewing and packaging team leader for MillerCoors and worked in Polymer Development for Goodyear Tire and Rubber.

Previous Career(s):

Brewing and Packaging Team Leader for MillerCoors, Polymer Development for Goodyear Tire and Rubber

Education:

B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University

Favorite BJ’s Beer:

Depends on the season

Favorite Domestic Beer or Brewery:

If not BJ’s, then Great Lakes

Other Hobbies/Interests:

Most sports and traveling

Life's Ambition:

To taste beer in every continent

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Oscar Blanco

Head Brewer, West Covina, CA & Barrel Manager, Brea, CA

Currently serving as BJ's Head Brewer in West Covina, CA and our Barrel Manager in Brea, CA.

Favorite Imported Beer or Brewery:

Fullers Brewery-Vintage Ale

Other Hobbies/Interests:

Family, football, baseball, traveling and drinking the finest beers Earth has to offer.

Life's Ambition:

Making the world a better place one pint of beer at a time!

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Greg Larsen

Head Brewer

Currently serving as the head brewer of the Chandler, AZ BJ's Brewhouse and acrobatic center. Larsen began his craft in Tahoe City at Bluewater Brewing and worked for several years at Marin Brewing and Third Street AleWorks.

Previous Career(s):

Tahoe City at Bluewater Brewing, Marin Brewing and Third Street AleWorks.

Favorite Beer Style(s):

My dream brew is always the same. Start with Munich Lager, pitch that into a Pilsner, pitch that into an Oktoberfest and then finish with a Doppel Bock.

Favorite Domestic Beer or Brewery:

Trummer Pilsner

Favorite Imported Beer or Brewery:

Kasteel Winter

Other Hobbies/Interests:

I love to play golf, cards, hike, bike and listen to unpopular pop music.

Life's Ambition:

I have truly found my life's ambition working for BJ's. Other than a home in Lake Tahoe, life is beautiful.