Arthur Farley Owner, operator, chef, brewer, designer, and general contractor
Born in Los Angeles, and owner of two very successful Northern Nevada businesses: St. James Infirmary voted Best Bar in Northern Nevada 5 years in a row, and Brasserie Saint James the only Nevada brewery to ever be named 'Best Mid-Size Brewpub and Brewers In The Nation' at the Great American Beer Festival (the largest and most prestigious judged beer festival in the world).
I'm thirty year veteran of the restaurant business, having worked in food and beverage since childhood, first at my mother's restaurant, and later running restaurants, bars, and concert venues in Los Angeles, Portland, and Dallas. I work closely with my kitchen, who I am lucky to have found. I write the menus before meeting with the cooks, and it's my distinct pleasure to seem them breath their own life into it.
I'm also very lucky and grateful, to work hand in hand with my head brewer, Josh Watterson, on recipe formulation and style selections. We both share a love for not just the great lagers of eastern Europe, but that of the lambics, saisons and trappist ales of Belgium, as well as the cask ales of the United Kingdom. We also share a love of the great sparkling wines of France, Italy, Spain, and north America, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of Burgundy, German Rieslings of Mosel, Alsace pinot blancs, Cab Francs of Chinon, and also America proud whiskey traditions. Though we are a decade apart we share the same views on craft brewing, food, wine, and spirits. We have a lot of fun discussing and designing our brews.
I've been an avid food lover, foodie or gastro tourist long before there were terms for it, or television shows dedicated to it. In Reno, I've been proud to play a very large part in changing the craft beer scene, and the bar scene along with it, with the opening of St. James Infirmary in 2008. I brought dozens of beers to the public that mostly didn't even exist in the market. My cocktail program has playfully informed people on the history of the cocktail, while creating quite a few new ones along the way. I never underestimate my customers and their desire to experience new and better things, whether it be beer, cocktails, spirits, wine, movies, music and now food.
Brasserie Saint James opening in 2012 I got to take it even further giving old world European comfort dishes and American classics new life and their perfect pairings, in all of our of skillfully crafted ales and lagers using the best local hand selected ingredients. I run my businesses very much like a family labor of love, my service staff and managers love meeting, greeting, serving and generally making you feel special and at home. I am honored by their friendship and loyalty. It's always been my business plan to open a sister Brasserie in San Francisco, an America city I love above all, and the opportunity to take over such a beautiful space in another historic building was too good of an opportunity to pass up, and I'm very grateful for the opportunity. We opened Brasserie Saint James San Francisco in February of 2016. The press has been eating it up!
Josh Watterson Head Brewer
Josh formally trained at the World Brewing Academy. Holds a diploma in International Brewing Technology.
Learning from the best in the Industry at both the oldest brewing school in America (Seibel Institute of Technology) and Doemens Academy (Private Brewing School in Munich, Germany). He was a Production Brewer at one of the most well-respected Breweries in the Country, Bridgeport Brewing Co. in Portland OR. He expanded his knowledge in fermentation sciences by working at two highly regarded wineries in the Willamette Valley (Owen Roe & Fausse Piste Wineries). He’s a Member of the Master Brewers Association, Member of the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program), Certificate in Professional Tasting and Styles from Seibel Institute of Technology. During his time at Doemens academy in Munich he toured Europe, tasting and learning from brewers from Belgium, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria.
Madison Gurries Brewery Manager, Brewer
Born and raised in Reno, Madison graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Biology. Madison loves science and has always had a passion for beer and realized that he could combine his passion for science and beer to become a brewer. Brewing is the addition of science and precise ingredients to create art, delicious art. Brasserie Saint James was his first taste of the beer industry and the people associated with it. The camradery in the beer industry around the world is like nothing else. Madison looks forward to spending his career in the field where he loves to drink beer, talk about beer, and educate the people about beer. Madison got his formal education at the World Brewing Academy-Siebel Institute where he was able to further his knowledge about brewing technologies and theory. As the the manager of Brewing Operations, Madison works side by side the head brewer, Josh Watterson, in every aspect of brewing, from recipe formulation to bottling. Madison oversees many of the day to day operations, paperwork and connections through the business.
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Deane Albright CPA and Investing Partner
Deane is a native of Northern Nevada who founded his own accounting firm (Albright & Associates) after a five year career with a large national firm. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, he is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Nevada and a member ofboth the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves as a Trustee of the University of Nevada Foundation. Dean isa very successful and well respected member of the business community.
Joel Rasmus Tech Advisor and Investing Partner
Joel is a native of the bay area and an internet entrepreneur and angel investor located in Reno Nevada. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from California State University, San Marcos. During his last year of college, Joel and a classmate founded a company focusing on a niche internet service. After building the business for 12 years into a leader in it’s industry with 20 million users in nearly every country in the world, Joel decided to cash in his stock in the company and focus on things he was more passionate about. When he’s not keeping up on internet trends and technologies or chasing his kids around the house, Joel enjoys woodworking, travel and spending time outdoors.