Mike began brewing in 2002 under the guidance of Saul Kleinberg, owner of the new Griffin Hill Farm Brewery, in Onondaga, New York. He instantly fell in love with the art of the brewing and brewed constantly, while he wasn’t working his day job, as an engineer.
He began to seek out information about how to improve his process as a homebrewer, as his training had drilled into him. He could only find books available to him, mostly dull and dry. He longed for classes which would teach him a using hands-on approach. This is where the idea for IBU Brewing was born.
Mike wanted to offer homebrewers the opportunity to learn about the process of homebrewing with other people in a hands-on atmosphere, from experts in each discipline. He wanted to introduce people to the art of homebrewing without the commitment to purchase the equipment first.
His wife, Lauren, encouraged him to open the brewery after years of dreaming. Mike apprentised on the Gordon Biersch system to learn professional brewing and built a lasting friendship with many brewers and other people in the industry.