MARK MERICLE | FOUNDER / PRESIDENT / EXECUTIVE BREWER
After a trip to Germany in the 80’s, head brewer Mark Mericle quickly realized that American beer was sub-par compared to what he was drinking in Europe. His desire for fresh, locally brewed beer back home set him on a path to learn how to brew, which he did in Northern California. In 1989, he opened Orange County’s first brewpub – Heritage Brewing Company. Fast forward to October 2013, Mark teamed up with JJ Snyder and Legacy Brewing was born.
Through Mark, Legacy Brewing has a European influence with a quality representation of old styles and hybrids of new.
With a quick scan of our tap list, it's obvious that Legacy calls on more styles than most West Coast breweries.
MARIA MERICLE | FOUNDER / OWNER
As one of the founders and Owner of Legacy Brewing Co., Maria has been involved since day 1. As Mark's better half, she's been involved with the many different beer styles that Legacy offers today. She's a real beer professional and it's always a pleasure to get her insight to any beer that's being released!
JJ SNYDER | FOUNDER / CFO / OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
JJ is the guy responsible for the operations part of Legacy. After spending over 15 years in the Restaurant industry, running a food and beverage company is nothing new to him. Additionally he geeks out over numbers so we put the CFO title on him too. #nerd
JAVIER AVILA | HEAD BREWER
Javier has been brewing for nearly 30 years! He started out with Mark back when they were brewing beer for Heritage Brewing Co. His brewing skills are a cut above the rest and has come up with many of our award winning beers. He's sort of a big deal.
BRITNEY KALK | BAR MANAGER & BEER TENDER
Britney's a rockstar and literally does a rockstar job managing our bar and all the beer tenders we have at Legacy. She's been with Legacy since the beginning and knows the "in's & out's" of the brewery and our industry. A true seasoned Vet who really keeps things organized.
ANDREW BAER | GRAPHIC DESIGN & ASST. BREWER
Andrew comes to the table with a boat load of graphic design experience as he's our guy laying down the graphics for all of our labels and other "graphical" pieces. He also has a passion to brew learning from both Mark and Javier. It's not unusual for him to push his creative mind into brewing as he's come up with some really tasty beers; i.e. Chesty Vanilla Red on Nitro.... WHAT?!
BRANDON BETTES | MARKETING / EVENTS DIRECTOR
With over 10 years of Marketing & Branding experience in the Lifestyle & Action sports industry, Brandon brings a sense of style and creativity to Legacy that has much needed. Additionally, having been certified as a Cicerone beer slinger, his passion for craft beer and Marketing works well together. He also tackles the Events side of things since he was voted "Social Butterfly" in high school.