Craig Smith joins Social Fox Brewing Straight Outta Philly! Craig got his start in the craft beer industry at the legendary Yards Brewing in Philadelphia, PA. He moved up through the brewery ranks quickly landing him a position as the assistant brewer at Iron Hill Brewing in Philadelphia. At Iron Hill he assisted the head brewer through all aspects of brewery operations. In 2014 Craig headed South to escape the cold Philly winters and took a position as the Head Brewer at Funky Buddha Brewing in Ft Lauderdale, FL. Funky Buddha is known for their flagship beers Hop Gun and Floridian which Craig had a hand in crafting. During his time at Funky Buddah, Craig won a 2016 World Beer Cup for Maple Coffee Bacon Porter and played a role in growing the brewery from 10,000 bbl to 35,000 bbl per year. Craig then moved on to become a brewing consultant assisting numerous breweries opening along the East Coast to help them maximize throughput, SOP’s, recipe development, core brands, cost savings and more.
In his short time at Social Fox we have already reaped the benefits on Craig’s ability to increase wort throughput and vendor selections that have led to cost savings in raw materials. He has implemented a yeast management program a cask ale and barrel aging program as well as adding some additional SOP’s in order to maintain our product integrity. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA in which he has incorporated ideas that align well with our marketing strategy. He also has a creative eye for photography that has added to our social media posts. We have big plans in 2021 in which Craig will assist in leading us to success. You can expect unique high quality beers, canning and bottle releases as well as more beer headed to distribution throughout Gwinnet County and the Atlanta area.
When looking for a brewer we wanted to find someone that shared the same vision and desire to brew a beer for everyone. We found Craig and knew he was a perfect fit. At Social Fox he is a one man show and he has the ability to do it all. Not only can he brew, he fits nicely with our company culture. It is a plus to have someone on board with his knowledge and experience that can brew world class beer but also socialize with customers and the team. At Social Fox we focus on being small, social and hyper local and Craig is the brewer that fits with our vibe.