Redlands natives, Josh & Melissa, owners of Escape Craft Brewery met while attending Redlands Senior High and have been together over 20 years. They love to travel and experience adventures. Most of their outings take them to baseball and football games-- they want to see every stadium! They also ENJOY the local food & craft beer scene wherever they go. Josh loves to cook, he finds food & beer inspiration everywhere. Their kids first foods (non-baby food) was chocolate! Chocolate ganache for Cole (7) and Chocolate gelato for Alanna (5). Melissa adores plants & gardening- which is why they have palm trees in the brewery. They have 2 dogs with beer inspired names, of course; Citra- a weimaraner (the coveted Citra hop) and LoopyLinn- a boxer, a spin on Lupulin, which is found inside hop flowers.
"Josh has been a craft beer enthusiast since his early 20s and finds his creative outlet in the kitchen. After being encouraged by a fellow firefighter, Josh dove headfirst into home-brewing much to the delight of our neighbors. Eight years later, countless gallons of beer, our friends encouraged (to put it lightly!) us to open a brewery and the adventure began. We believe that everybody deserves, craves, and needs an escape from the mundane activities of ordinary life. Enjoying a great craft beer is part of how we slow down and enjoy a respite, take a breath. We wanted to create a place for people to come together during their day and just enjoy good friends, strike up a conversation with someone new, and relax."