|View from Jim Millea's OB Brewery in San Diego, California mid-winter|
|Jim inside his brewery|
Jim Millea is head brewer at OB Brewery, named the country’s best small brewpub at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. He earned BJCP (Beer Judge Certificate Program) recognized judge status in 2005 through local homebrew club QUAFF. In 2010, Millea began volunteering at Ballast Point’s Home Brew Mart location and learned to operate a large brewhouse. In 2013, he began attending UCSD Extension’s Professional Brewer’s Certificate Program (he graduated in 2015). In 2014, Millea interned at Ballast Point’s Little Italy R&D facility, before his first paid gig in the industry, at O’Sullivan Brothers in Scripps Ranch later that year. He also interned at Benchmark Brewing in 2015 while working at O’Sullivan Brothers. Millea helped build out OB Brewery, which opened on July 1, 2016.