It's no secret San Diego has the best weather. Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans:

What else makes this city great?

Ray Astamendi

Owner and Brewmaster,  Fall Brewing Company,
Live: North Park
Work: North Park
How Long: 16 years

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Agoura, California, just south of Ventura/Thousand Oaks.

What brought you to San Diego?
My sister went to SDSU in the late eighties, so we would come down and visit her frequently. I moved to Lake Tahoe for a while after high school. It was there that I began brewing, and I met a group of friends that were all from San Diego. After coming down with them to visit friends and family, I was convinced that this would be my home.

Besides the weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?
I’ve spent most of my adult life in San Diego. I’ve spent time in the Bay Area, as well as Maui, but San Diego will always be home to me. I love the surf, the beer culture, the food, the people, and of course – the Padres! Other than my sister, who is still out in Maui, my entire family is here in San Diego. Now that Fall is up and running, I don’t see me leaving anytime soon.