Zack Kaplan Named Original 40 Head Brewer

Original 40 Brewing has named Zack Kaplan as its new head brewer following the departure of Cosimo Sorrentino to Lazarus Brewing in Austin. Kaplan returns to San Diego after serving as the head brewer at
Bonfire Brewing in Eagle, Colo., and Migration Brewing in Portland, Ore.

A career in the industry since 2011

Kaplan began his career in the craft brewing industry in 2011, working for Green Flash Brewing Company and subsequently Saint Archer Brewing Company. He left for Colorado in 2015 and enjoyed time with Denver Beer Company and Upslope Brewing.

“The Original 40 North Park family is thrilled to welcome Zack as our head brewer,” said owner Steve Billings. “He has learned so much on the road and it’s great to see him settle back into his roots here in San Diego.”

First three releases to look forward to

Kaplan’s first three releases are already in the works and they are expected to be poured by early July.

The list includes:

  • All New Zealand dry hopped Lager using heirloom pilsner malt with a light refreshing palate and hoppy
  • West Coast IPA using some of the best malts and hops sourced from the Pacific Northwest and inspired
    by some of his favorite brews
  • Double dry hopped Hazy Pale Ale featuring Citra, Mosaic and Nelson

Kaplan, who studied mechanical engineering at UC San Diego, draws significant inspiration for his current projects from his time in Oregon. He is most passionate about West Coast IPAs and emerging lager styles.

Congratulations, Zack, and welcome back to San Diego!

See you there!

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