GearTooth AleWerks, based in San Jose California, is a family-run business owned by Jay and Kit Ganz. After spending many years working for tech companies, Jay decided it was time to pursue his passion and take a leap into craft beer. He honed his skills through years of home brewing before venturing out on his own commercially. He has also received formal training from the Siebel Institute, a world renowned professional brewing school.
Kit has spent many years in the wine industry as both a tasting room manager and event planner, skills that will serve her well as our business grows. She is also an excellent cook and enjoys preparing gourmet meals.
Their adult sons Justin and James also assist with the business. Justin has a business degree and has been working in sales and promotion of the brewery. James, with his vast craft beer knowledge, and connections in the Bay Area craft beer scene, is a real asset in evangelizing our beer throughout the area. The roles of both sons will no doubt increase as the business grows.
We are currently operating as a contract brewery, which means that another brewery is actually making our beer, under our supervision and recipes. Our goal is to open our own brewery and taproom in which Kit will be able to provide a sumptuous cuisine to pair with our hand-crafted beers.
GearTooth AleWerks is not only an homage to the Ganz family's German heritage, but also a respite from the sterile technology of today, a harkening back to crafting something amazing, and delicious with hard work, sweat, and tears. Our goal is to provide beer that is always high in quality that will satisfy the pallet of discerning craft beer lovers in Northern California and beyond. We hope you enjoy our offerings!