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

              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

                  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

                    Managing Server

                    Managing 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

                        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

                          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