Hangar 24 Craft Brewing hired Master Brewer Jason Pond as vice president of brewing operations.
According to a Hangar 24 press release, Pond is the perfect fit for Hangar 24 as he has both beer and adventure in his DNA. He is avid adventure seeker who loves to jump out of perfectly good airplanes as a C-License skydiver. With Hangar 24 being all about great brews and sharing adventures, Jason was a natural fit.
Pond joins Hangar 24 from BrewDog where he helped expand their operation as Group Brewmaster at their Global Headquarters in Scotland. Pond was the first person in BrewDog’s history to be given the title brewmaster. In just three short years, Pond helped expand BrewDog operations with the addition of two international locations (Germany and Australia) and the production expansion from 200,000 barrels to over 500,000 barrels per year.
Pond has an incredible journey in the beer world. He started at Oskar Blues with a job stacking cases of beer. Eight months later, he was the head brewer. He put himself through the American Brewers Guild Brewing Science and Engineering program before taking on a role as a shift brewer for Firestone Walker. He quickly took on enormous roles and responsibilities at Firestone Walker before his role at BrewDog.
“Our family is beyond excited to be moving back to California and starting this new adventure with Hangar 24. As a skydiver and someone who grew up flying airplanes, I have always been a black sheep in the breweries I worked for. I had never found another brewer who shared my interests, so when Ben [Cook] and I spoke on the phone we immediately hit it off. I could see myself fitting right into the Hangar 24 ‘Adventures We Share’ mentality, and when I came to the brewery it felt like I was coming home,” said Pond.
All three Hangar 24 Taprooms⎯Redlands, Orange County and Lake Havasu⎯are open daily 11a.m. to 7 p.m. for curbside pickup or free delivery within 10 miles.