Our Mission:

Since its beginning The Ojai Valley has been, as it is today, a sanctuary for those whom are Revolutionary By Nature, and have a mission to respectfully create an alternative standard for themselves and their ideals.

Ojai Valley Brewery wishes to reflect and contribute just that. 

We love Ojai, and Craft Beer, and because of that, we have a mission to give Craft Beer lovers something Different, and Uniquely Local; Beers crafted for our hot, dry climate, reflecting the essence of our immediate and extremely unique surroundings. Beers imparting subtle, nuanced flavors that caress our palettes, while tickling our noses with the scents of our mountains, and the perfume of our blooming orchards. 

This means, for instance, that rather than create a line-up of competing I.P.A.s & Stouts, of which there are dozens of fantastic local examples, we are specializing in styles largely neglected by craft beer, with a special focus on Dry, Malt Forward Lagers, and Light Bodied Local Flora Ales

These beers will utilize ingredients uniquely native to the Ojai Valley Region. We are using local chaparral herbs in concert with and at times in place of hops, for flavoring and bittering. We are using special herbs, flowers, fruits, and spices sourced from our local Ojai farms to create subtle flavors that blend together to create a unity of flavor; a whole greater than the sum of it’s parts. 

We Aspire to pay honor to the Ojai community with new styles and flavors that can only be found here. 

We Pledge only to make easy drinking, easily enjoyable beers.

We Aim to create trends rather than chase the current. 

We Resolve to make Chaparral Beer a nationally recognized style, and a standard of The California Craft Beer movement; Local, Sustainable, and born exclusively of our native surroundings. 

We appreciate your support, and patience as we beat this path, because while it may not be easy or immediate, it will always be From And For The Ojai Valley.

- Jeremy Haffner

 

The Flora

Some of the Unique Chaparral Herbs we're foraging for our seasonally changing Chaparral Beer Series.

The Brewers

Jeremy Haffner: Lead Brewer

Jeremy is an 15 year resident of Ojai, who has been spending time in the valley since his late teens. He began his work life as a researcher for the History Channel, and then combined his love of Historical research with food, becoming a cook and chef in his mid twenties before getting a record deal and making his living as a touring musician through his early thirties. Having stepped away from music to be with his family, and help run the family restaurant, he decided to take his love of food, drink, and the natural offerings of the chaparral to create Ojai Valley Brewery.

 

Griffin Davis: Assistant Brewer

Griffin fell in love with the natural and spiritual beauty of The Ojai Valley while attending boarding school in the upper Ojai as a teenager. The son of a local architecture design family, Griffin moved to Los Angeles to pursue a degree in graphic design. During his studies he began a flirtation with home brewing which quickly became an obsession. Realizing that brewing was his true calling, he left the urban sprawl of Los Angeles and moved back to Ojai, to turn his creativity tobrewing delicious beer for our amazing community. After woking as an assistant Brewer at other notable local breweries O.V.B. was lucky to steal Griffin away, to begin our quest for truly local beer.