THE LATCHKEY KIDS - LATCHKEY BREWING COMPANY

LATCHKEY BREWING COMPANY

Latchkey Brewing Company is the product of many years of dreaming, planning and honing of skills. The term "Latchkey", or "Latchkey Child" (laCHˌkē CHīld) is a child who is at home without adult supervision for some part of the day, especially after school until a parent returns from work. As Latchkey Kids, Gen-Xers, we spent a good portion of our childhood unsupervised, filling our days experimenting with music, sports, and other creative hobbies-- and sometimes finding trouble. Now, after 20 years in stable careers, we are stepping out on our own, completely unsupervised and left to our own devices (although, this time around, we're responsible adults... right?).

OUR BEERS

Latchkey Brewing Company fills a much needed niche in the San Diego brewing space. While big, bold, hopped-up ales are a local favorite, we also focus on more nuanced classics, designed as easy drinkers on hot days and can be easily paired with food. Our maniacal focus on quality and consistency is at the heart of everything we do.

THE LATCHKEY KIDS

Gerald

GERALD DOLLENTE

CO-FOUNDER

Gerald leads all of our brewing, production and distribution efforts. Gerald is incredibly talented and knows what it takes to make GREAT BEER. After years as a craft beer enthusiast and home brewer, he started his career on the production side of Ballast Point and has since spent several years in brewing production and as a distiller of award-winning spirits. Most recently he helped launch Cutwater Spirits, a new craft distillery that is already producing over 200 BBLs/Yr. and distributed throughout the United States.

Matt

MATT WEST

CO-FOUNDER

Matt is focused on all things business, including Operations, Marketing, Sales and our Taproom. He has over 20 years experience in the business world, with a focus on marketing, advertising and branding. Throughout his career, he has helped build and lead several Silicon Valley startups, leading business, sales and marketing strategy for well-known local, national and global brands. Matt also has experience in the restaurant world, where he spent the early years of his adult life cooking in Santa Barbara and San Francisco. Matt understands the good, bad and ugly of the food service industry.

Julia

JULIA MALLON

TAPROOM MANAGER

Julia brings a host of experience and a loyal following to the Latchkey Brewing team. Few people know their way around a taproom like her. She first got into craft beer when she was working at KnB Wine Cellars, where she learned about the nuances of the craft beer business, like different styles of beer, how to tap a keg, store beer, etc… That’s where she got the craft beer bug. Since then, she’s worked in both Ballast Point Brewing and Societe’s taprooms. Besides a great appreciation, she’s continued to work in craft beer tasting rooms because of the amazing people that the craft beer industry attracts and the friends and connections she’s made over the years.

GREG GLEESON

GREG GLEESON

CFO

Greg brings over two decades of finance, operations and compliance experience to Latchkey. Most recently Greg worked at $500 million Cypress Funds and $1.3 billion Grant Capital Partners where he served as CFO and Chief Compliance Officer. Previously, Greg was a COO /Partner at Nicholas Investment Partners, a $1.6 billion boutique institutional money management firm, where he also ran its large family office as its COO. Greg was formerly Director of Finance for Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, a $50 billion institutional money management firm (acquired by Allianz AG in 2001).

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ANTHONY BEACH

HEAD BREWER

Originally from the Bay Area, Anthony cut his teeth at Hermitage Brewing Company in San Jose, CA, where he had an opportunity to work for Brewmaster, Peter Licht and Barrel Master, Greg Filippi. He was immediately infatuated with brewing and spent his entire first check from Hermitage on a homebrew setup and began learning and brewing immediately. Greg and Steve were impressed with his first batch and very supportive. This is what ignited his passion to become a pro brewer. Peter Referred Anthony to a friend of his, Peter Catizone, who hired him as an assistant brewer at Faultline Brewing Company in Sunnyvale, CA. Peter Catizone showed him the ropes of brewing but more than that he ignited a passion for tradition and a keen spirit for low and slow beer styles and artisanal beer making methods. After leaving the Bay Area he took a job at Green Flash working under Chuck Silva and Erik Jensen. From there, he jumped at an opportunity to become a brewer at Ballast Point Brewing, working under Aaron Justus and James Murray. He started as a Production Brewer, and has spent the past several years as a Specialty Brewer in Scripps Ranch. While at Scripps, he and his team amassed the lion’s share of medals and awards for Ballast Point.

Latchkey Brewery Gallery

Take a peek at the experience of our tasting room before even stepping in!

VISIT OUR TAPROOM

2120 W Washington St

San Diego, CA 92110

Open 12-8pm

(619) 550-2562

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