The Team

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Alec Stefansky

Alec Stefansky began brewing with his college roommates in 1996 thanks to a then-overlooked loophole in the UC legal code. Since that time he has been diligently working within the boundaries of the law to create uncommon beers. His active work to create a different kind of brewery began all the way back in 2002, when political trends made making beer a whole lot more productive than combating the spread of nuclear weapons.


Ed molarius

Ed  has been in the beer and beverage retail industry for about 5 years doing everything from merchandising, ordering, sales, deliveries, draft line maintenance, to brewing and packaging. 


casey hebard

Casey Hebard, was born and raised in Santa Cruz. He has been with Uncommon Brewers for 5.5 years working as one of the brewers, managing the cellar, and helps with the canning and kegging process. For fun, Casey likes photography and riding bicycles.


Labor of Love is a series that explores the stories of small businesses that are still making things in America. Uncommon Brewers is one of these businesses. As a small craft brewery in Santa Cruz, CA, Uncommon Brewers has taken a unique approach to their product and marketplace.

Take a look at how they are not just surviving in today's economy, but excelling.

Video by Keith Wells   |   Music by Brian Granfors