John Maino

John Maino Ironfire Brewery

John grew up in Fallbrook, located in northern San Diego County near Temecula. Maino holds a history degree from UC San Diego, but he was always more interested in brewing than in studying ancient Europe. Upon graduating, he decided to try his hand at brewing full time and found a position at Ballast Point, a well-known microbrewery in San Diego. Eight months and a lot of grunt work later, John was promoted to brewer.

John enjoyed the six years at Ballast Point perfecting the trade and working on his own recipes until he finally decided to "put his money where his mouth is" and strike out on his own. He happened to meet Greg while in the midst of researching and writing his first business plan. They shared a passion for experimenting with classic recipes, and the rest is Ironfire history…