PETE BURNHAM, OWNER
Pete likes to say that he blames wine for Lama Dog because, during a long grape harvest several years ago, he got hooked on good beer. This newfound appreciation resulted in a quest for hard-to-find drafts. Fast-forward a few years and one man’s quest turned into a place where everyone can come enjoy good craft beer. If you’re an IPA lover, be sure to ask Pete what his favorite one is, because that’s what he is usually drinking.
CHELSEA, THE ARTSY ONE
The hands behind the mural, the chalkboards, wooden signs, and all other art you see around Lama Dog. She also created the Art Markets that are held every other month here as well as seeks the artists and plans the event. She runs the marketing behind the Bottle Shop and the design of our brand. She makes sure Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and this website are all up to date in an attractive fashion. When she's not creating she's either practicing yoga or enjoying nature. Chelsea@lamadog.com
Small town guy with small town ideals. Grew up near Big Bear snowboarding in the winters and cruising thriver in the summers. My happy place is a bonfire on the beach with good people, good tunes and great beer. Right now I'm digging big stouts and porters. However I drink everything; except sours, sours suck. Yeah I said it!
GREG, THE PRINCE
From east sacramento, born and raised. In the taproom is where he spends most of his days. Chillin out, maxin, relaxin all cool, slanging great beer to all the local crews. And If you can’t find him behind the bar, there’s a good chance you’ll see him with a beer in hand on the other side.
ALLY, SOUR FOR DAYS
Ally's interest for beer began at a party when she had her first sip of cheap, awful beer in a game of peer pong, but there had to be something better out there than watered yeast. The journey to find the right beer was long. One day, a bartender gave her a tasting of something unknown. "Sours?" and her tastebuds exploded. "What is this?" she asked. "Berliner Weisse." Ally then became the biggest advocate for sours and Lama Dog has introduced her to many new flavor explosions. She also loves hanging out with all the cute pups. What could be better?
LAMA, THE DOG
The dog behind the name. Lama is a Tibetan Mastiff owned by Pete who rescued him a few years back. With an enormous amount of fur, one blue eye, and one brown eye; Lama is sure to win you over. He currently is a regular at Lama Dog and enjoys water but continues to promote the best Bottle Shop around.
DAVID, QUITE POSSIBLY YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND
David was born and raised in Los Angeles and is currently living in Santa Barbara. He enjoys drinking all the beers. Favorite style: Brett Saison. Studying Economics. Certified Beer Server. Homebrewer. Ramen. 90’s Hip Hop. Plays the drums. Quite possibly your new best friend.
JUSTIN, THE BEER PROFESSOR
Justin M. Crider is a Certified Cicerone® with a passion for beer education and outreach. He constantly strives to introduce those around him to the many aspects of beer and to have them question their perceptions of what beer can be. He has appeared on MSNBC, and has been quoted and mentioned in the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. In addition to this passion, Justin is a classically trained cook as well as a member of the Guild of Sommeliers. Justin@lamadog.com
AARON, LOVER OF BEER
Aaron moved to Santa Barbara from Pleasanton in March of 2016. He fell in love with the Bay Area beer scene 6 years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about craft beer. He enjoys getting to know the local brews and traveling to nearby breweries. When he's not watching his favorite sports, you can find him eating his way through downtown. Ask him about any IPA's or Barrel Aged beers.
DANA, QUEEN OF SASS
Dana, most notable known for dislocating her finger while eating half a watermelon whilst skateboarding, is our sass master from New Yawk. If what you have to talk about isn't related to beer, pizza, dogs or sharks; you've probably lost her. Catch her at your local Sbarro getting an authentic slice.