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Jeffrey Fancy was born and raised in southern California and educated at San Diego State University (SDSU) where he received multiple degrees and teaching credentials. Go Aztecs!

While attending SDSU he was a staff writer for The Daily Aztec and wrote articles for campus magazines, free press newspapers in San Diego, and the San Diego Reader. When he wasn’t studying academics, Jeffrey was learning to taste and appreciate fine French and California wines, as well as English and European beers, from experts in those industries.

After college Jeffrey moved to Alaska where his first experience with American craft beers came from west coast microbreweries such as Anchor, Red Hook, Alaskan, New Albion, Mendocino, Hart, Sierra Nevada, Widmer, Rogue, and Deschutes. Drinking those brews forever changed his beer palate, and he never drank Buck Horn again.

While in Alaska, Jeffrey was a tasting and canning judge at the Alaska State Fair for home-made beer, wine, and cheese. It was there he won his prized Third Place pink ribbon for a Banana Nut Bread he baked.

Moving back to San Diego from Alaska, Jeffrey started home brewing in 1993 with a starter kit he bought from San Diego’s Home Brew Mart. At first he made simple extract beers, but after taking classes at Ballast Point Brewing from their head brewers, he soon evolved into all-grain brewing.

Jeffrey is obsessed with the intricacies of the brewing process and fascinated by the techniques, ingredients, and water conditioning methods used by master brewers in the craft brewing industry. He regularly home-brews small batches, and in the kitchen he enjoys baking artisanal breads (especially quick beer breads) and cooking dishes made with his favorite beers and wines.

Jeffrey is a Certified Beer Server in the Cicerone Program and is currently pursuing BJCP Beer Judge certification. He is also a student in the Professional Certificate in the Business of Craft Beer program at SDSU, has received training from the Brewers Association, and is a member of the San Diego Brewers Guild.

Jeffrey is a seasoned beer traveler who has visited and tasted brewery-fresh craft beers at their sources in Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii, and Baja California, Mexico. Jeffrey created his San Diego Brew Review blog as a way to document his sojourns to breweries in San Diego County and teach you what he discovers along the way.

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