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Tomme Arthur

Co-founder and COO, Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey

The craft beer industry in San Diego has experienced a boom in recent years, but Tomme Arthur was in it way back when. Known as an innovative brewer, Arthur has been working in the beer space since 1996, though working may be too strong a word. “Work? The beer business means good times always being on tap, 24/7,” Arthur said. He now works with both The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing brands in San Marcos.

ALMA MATER: Northern Arizona University

TOUGHEST CHALLENGE: Transitioning from primarily a brewer to a brewery: ownership role.

BUCKET LIST: To visit Ireland.