John "More Hops" Maier
Born in Riverside, CA in 1955, John originally moved to Portland, OR
as a child in 1962. Later, he moved to Vista, CA after graduating
from Vista High School in 1973. Afterwards, he attended the Devry
Institute of Technology (Phoenix, AZ) and graduated in 1975.
John was employed by Hughes Aircraft Co. in El Segundo, CA from 1975
to 1986 as a Senior Electronic Technician. While there, he worked on
the F-14 Tomcat Radar System.
In the Fall of 1986, John attended the Siebel Institute of
Technology and graduated from their 50th course in Brewing
Technology. That same year he brewed a barleywine that won the
American Homebrewer Association’s Homebrewer of the Year Award.
The Alaskan Brewery in Juneau hired John as an Assistant Brewmaster
in March of 1987. He left in May of 1989. John was there for the
very first brew at the Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport, Oregon. He has
since brewed over 100,000 pints of Rogue Ale and his ales have won
over 500+ awards for taste and excellence.