Kristofor (Kip) Barnes

Co-Founder / Brewing Operation & Marketing

Kristofor (Kip) Barnes is an accomplished gold-medal-winning home brewer and community builder.  His focus is on new recipe creation and managing the brewhouse. He currently works at a major film studio as a business analyst in customer relations.  He’s learned the art of building relationships with his clients. Kip founded the home brewing / craft beer website and is also a founding member of the LA Beer Bloggers.

Look for his latest book, the Beer Lover’s Guide to Southern California in early February 2014.  Available on

Alma Mater – USC Cinema Television


Andrew Fowler

General Management & Financial

Andrew Fowler is a home brewer who gained an early appreciation and passion for craft beer while living in Maine, Vermont and Colorado. After completing his MBA, Andrew came to the realization that it was time to follow his passion and enter craft beer market.

Andrew is currently a project manager for a small firm that provides program management services to public and private clients. He is part of a team that supports the Los Angeles Unified School District’s $27 billion construction program. His position includes managing environmental projects with budgets ranging from $500,000 to $30 million. Prior to his current position, Andrew provided support for a diverse range of projects in areas of site development, design, environmental compliance, urban planning and construction management.

Alma Mater – LMU MBA / University of Vermont BS


Ken Barnes

Creative Brand Specialist / Artist

Los Angeles Ale Works is fortunate to have on our team one of Seattle’s premier Branding and Design experts, Ken Barnes. For more than thirty years Ken’s insight and expertise have guided work for some of today’s biggest brands. His portfolio includes work for Starbucks Coffee, The Seattle Seahawks, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, and Nordstrom, and his work for brewers includes Pyramid Ales, Henry Weinhards, and the newly opened John Harvard’s Brewery in Cambridge, MA. His keen eye, industry knowledge, and incredible imagination have brought the Los Angeles Ale Works brand to a whole new level. We are incredibly lucky to have him.

You can find out more about his current branding, design, and architectural work at BSR Brand + Environment –

John RockwellJohn Rockwell

Co-Founder / Advisor

John Rockwell comes from a business finance background in commercial real estate.  He currently works at an energy audit company that focuses on making businesses run more efficiently in their work spaces.  John is a certified BJCP judge, which makes him a serious quality control specialist.  Nothing gets by his palate.

Alma Mater – USC Business & Finance