One might say that Karl Strauss was born into the world of brewing — literally. He was born in 1912 in the administration building of German brewery Feldschlösschen Bräu. His dad was a brewer, Karl's family resided in the living quarters of the brewery and his college degree was in the sciences of malting and brewing. In 1939, Karl was able to flee Nazi Germany thanks to family members living in the U.S.
On his way to his San Franciscan relatives, destiny led Karl to stop off for a quick visit to some friends living in Milwaukee. On a whim, he applied for a "temporary" job at Pabst. This career was to last an amazing 44 years.
Retirement couldn't stop Karl Strauss. When a cousin and his college roommate approached him in 1987 with the idea of a San Diego craft brewery, Karl not only lent his name but helped develop the company's first recipes. Right up to his passing in 2006, Karl Strauss was intimately involved in developing new offerings.
From classics such as Mosaic IPA to wilder flavors such as Peanut Butter Cup, Karl Strauss beers continue to dazzle and delight craft brewery enthusiasts everywhere. To crack open a Karl Strauss is to indulge in over a century of history and brewmastery.