We Believe

Great Beer Gives Back

We started Common Space to improve the lives of others.
It's a big goal and relentless pursuit
We aspire to be great and believe that giving back is a necessary ingredient.
This is our team.
Behind the Brews

The Common Space Team

Brent Knapp

Founder & CEO

Founder & CEO

Hometown: Palos Verdes, CA

First job out of college: Ditch Digger (Seriously)

Death bed dinner: Red Onion

Favorite childhood toy: Kiddie Woodworking Set

Next up on the bucket list: Wherever Pearl Jam is touring next

Pick 2 bands: Pearl Jam and Pink Floyd

Pick 2 beers: Smog City Sabre-Toothed Squirrel and Kush’s latest brew

Pick anyone to drink a beer with: The whole Common Space Team!

    Dave Childress

    Founder

    Founder

    Hometown: Roswell, NM

    First job out of college: Cavalry Platoon Leader

    Death bed dinner: Rudy’s BBQ

    Favorite childhood toy: Big wheel w/ super skid handbrake

    Next up on the bucket list: Machu Picchu

    Pick 2 bands: Dispatch and Jurassic 5

    Pick 2 beers: El Segundo Brewing Company Citra Pale Ale and Three Weavers Young Grasshopper

    Pick anyone to drink a beer with: General Patton

      Ryan Filippini

      Founder

      Founder

      Hometown: Stockton, CA

      First job out of college: Carpenter

      Death bed dinner: Tacos from El Tarasco on Imperial

      Favorite childhood toy: Ultimate Warrior wrestling buddy

      Next up on the bucket list: Watch 162 A’s games in a season

      Pick 2 bands: Grateful Dead and Grateful Dead

      Pick 3 beers: Sudwerk Hoppy Pilsner, Three Weavers Seafarer Kolsch and Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

      Pick anyone to drink a beer with: Herb Kelleher

        Kushal Hall

        Head Brewer

        Head Brewer

        Hometown: Grew up in Claremont CA, Brewed up in San Francisco CA

        First job out of college: Professional boxer (at a UPS store), also once worked a funnel cake stand

        Death bed dinner: Good food, good drink, good company

        Favorite childhood toy: Sharpened sticks

        Next up on the bucket list: John Muir Trail

        Pick 2 bands: Radiohead and Ratatat

        Pick 2 beers: Highland Park  Timbo Pils and Three Weavers Inglewood IPA

        Pick anyone to drink a beer with: My Dad

          Andy Link

          Brewer

          Brewer

          Hometown: Pasadena, CA

          First job out of college: Keg Washer / Filler

          Death bed dinner: Carnitas, corn (duh) tortillas, and a margarita

          Favorite childhood toy: LEGOs

          Next up on the bucket list: Beers in Bavaria

          Pick 2 bands: Led Zeppelin and The Beatles

          Pick 3 beers:  Pizza Port’s MG-42, Faction’s Penske File and Sante Adairius’ Lady in Grey

          Pick anyone to drink a beer with: @dpriceyo + @therealdavelink

            Josie Becker

            Production Assistant

            Production Assistant

            Hometown: Long Beach, CA

            First job out of college: Barista

            Death bed dinner: Double-double animal-style

            Favorite childhood toy: Pink Power Ranger action figure

            Next up on the bucket list: Attend Manchester City home game

            Pick 2 bands: Artic Monkeys and The Clash

            Pick 2 beers: Smog City Sabre-Toothed Squirrel and Stone Go To IPA

            Pick anyone to drink a beer with: Gina Rodriguez

              Benjamin Demarchelier

              Taproom Manager

              Taproom Manager

              Hometown: New York City

              First job out of college: Bartender

              Death bed dinner: 120-day dry aged charcoal grilled tomahawk steak

              Favorite childhood toy: Nintendo Entertainment System

              Next up on the bucket list: Space

              Pick 2 bands: Led Zeppelin and The Black Keys

              Pick 2 beers: Bear Republic Racer 5 and Pretty Things Jack D’Or

              Pick anyone to drink a beer with: Bill Murray

                Diamante Vann Donaldson

                Taproom Server

                Taproom Server

                Hometown: Hawthorne, CA

                First job out of college: Target

                Death bed dinner: Ice cream

                Favorite childhood toy: BB Gun

                Next up on the bucket list: Go overseas

                Pick 2 bands: All TDE and Lil Uz

                Pick 2 beers: Delirium and Samuel Smith

                Pick anyone to drink a beer with: K. Dot

                  Rachel Brady

                  Sales

                  Sales

                  Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA

                  First job out of college: Firestone Walker Brewing Company

                  Death bed dinner: Thai Food

                  Favorite childhood toy: Rollerblades

                  Next up on the bucket list: Brazil

                  Pick 2 bands: Against Me! and Weezer

                  Pick 2 beers: El Segundo Brewing Company Surfin Bird DIPA and Firestone Walker Brewing Company Walker’s Reserve Porter

                  Pick anyone to drink a beer with: Neil Degrasse Tyson

                    Dustin Brewster

                    Taproom Server

                    Taproom Server

                    Hometown: Whittier, CA

                    First job out of college: Borders bookstore

                    Death bed dinner: Pizza

                    Favorite childhood toy: The Turtles

                    Next up on the bucket list: Spontaneously swipe everything off a table

                    Pick 2 bands: Ween and King Gizzard

                    Pick 2 beers: Highland Park Timbo Pils and Beachwood BBQ Citraholic

                    Pick anyone to drink a beer with: Cash Levy

                      Lizet Gonzalez

                      Taproom Server

                      Taproom Server

                      Hometown: Long Beach, NJ

                      First job out of college: Accounts Payable at the Braille Institute

                      Death bed dinner: Steak

                      Favorite childhood toy: Bike

                      Next up on the bucket list: Iceland

                      Pick 2 bands: St Vincent and Haim

                      Pick 2 beers: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA and Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Bock

                      Pick anyone to drink a beer with: President Obama

                        Ian Issitt

                        Taproom Server

                        Taproom Server

                        Hometown: Nashville, TN

                        First job out of college: Camera cleaner at Helix Camera

                        Death bed dinner: Mac & Cheese with Bacon

                        Favorite childhood toy: He-Man and Silver Hawks

                        Next up on the bucket list: Travel to Australia, see the Great Barrier Reef

                        Pick 2 bands: Arctic Monkeys and Jimi Hendrix

                        Pick 2 beers: Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale and Mickey’s

                        Pick anyone to drink a beer with: Anthony Bourdain

                          Willie Talbert

                          Sales

                          Sales

                          Hometown: Shadyside, Ohio

                          First job out of college: Bartender at New Albany Country Club

                          Death bed dinner: Filet Mignon w garlic whipped potatoes

                          Favorite childhood toy: BB Gun

                          Next up on the bucket list: Travel the world

                          Pick 2 bands: Guns & Roses and Eminem

                          Pick 2 beers: Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale and El Segundo Brewing Company Citra Pale Ale

                          Pick anyone to drink a beer with: Tom Hanks

                            Cassie Cullins

                            Hometown: Clements, MD

                            First job out of college: Promotions for a Minor League Baseball Team

                            Death bed dinner: PB&Js and Monkey 47 Gin & Tonics

                            Favorite childhood toy: Rawlings baseball glove with Cal Ripken Jr. Insignia

                            Next up on the bucket list: Mt. Nyiragongo in the DRC

                            Pick 2 bands: SOJA and Rebelution

                            Pick 2 beers: Modern Times Blanc on Blanc on Blanc on Blanc and Alesmith .394 San Diego Pale Ale

                            Pick anyone to drink a beer with: Malcolm Gladwell

                              Olga Gomez

                              Hometown: Hawthorne, CA

                              First job out of college: Target

                              Death Bed dinner: Pizza and Acovado toast

                              Favorite childhood toy: Barbie Bicycle

                              Next up on the bucket list: 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise

                              Pick 2 bands: Heroes del silencio and Iced Earth

                              Pick 2 beer: The Bruery Orxata and LA Ale Works Karma Kölsch

                              Pick anyone to drink a beer with: @ivanezbeer

                                Jules Martinak

                                Hometown: New York City, NY

                                First job out of college: Decorative Painting

                                Death Bed dinner: Anything from House of Vegetarian in Chinatown, NYC or from Spice & Rice in La Jolla

                                Favorite childhood toy: Books!

                                Next up on the bucket list: Traveling Europe with my brothers

                                Pick 2 bands: Wu Tang Clan and Asian Kung-Fu Generation

                                Pick 2 beers: Common Space’s Double IPA and Montauk Brewing Company’s Summer Ale

                                Pick anyone to drink a beer with: the old crew from Kochi City, JP

                                  Nicole Torres

                                  Hometown: Bronx, NY

                                  First job out of college: Marketing Manager, New American Dimensions, Los Angeles, CA

                                  Death Bed dinner: Mom’s Ecuadorian dish called Bandera (Rice, Ceviche, Tripe and Pork)

                                  Favorite childhood toy: Stuffed animal that I called “Mi cucaracha”

                                  Next up on the bucket list: Europe Trip

                                  Pick 2 bands: The Killers and Linkin Park

                                  Pick 2 beers: Three Weavers Le Petit Fox and Club Verde (it’s from Ecuador)

                                  Pick anyone to drink a beer with: My Dad

                                    The Backstory

                                    Brent met Ryan in college at UCLA

                                    Ryan met Dave in a park while our wives were drinking wine out of a red solo cup

                                    Ryan met Kushal while he was the Head of Brewing Operations at Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

                                    We come from different backgrounds and have different life experiences but one similar goal: build a brewery, make great beer and  help us all find a Common Space

                                     

                                    The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.

                                    – John Wooden