|The taps at O'Brien's Pub. Photo by Juan Martinez (@juanny6pac)|
|Jim O’Brien at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp for the 20th anniversary of O’Brien’s Pub in 2014|
|Tom Nickel, (left) and Tyson Blake. Photo by Tim Stahl|
Six years later, Tom Nickel asked Tyson Blake to become the general manager for O’Brien’s Pub. The two had met at San Diego Brewing Company, where Blake worked, in 2001. Or perhaps they met at O’Brien’s, or a Real Ale or Strong Ale Festival… the details are fuzzy, but they surely met over a few pints, and it was clear that their beer philosophies, and their personalities, were a match.