About Pure Order Brewing Company
Brewmaster & Owner
James is, more or less, the driving force behind Pure Order Brewing Company. At Texas Christian University James discovered a passion for brewing beer and has since been honing his craft and testing his recipes with increasingly sophisticated home brewing setups. After college, James took a job with a construction and irrigation company where he spent his days laying pipe (not in a good way) and digging trenches. The money was good and the job was relatively steady but his general happiness had taken a major hit.
With the unconditional love and support of his wife Megan and their two sons Ryder and Sawyer, James moved to Santa Barbara with dreams of rallying his brothers and cousins to build the craft brewery they had always dreamt about.
A true family man, James and Megan have since added a little girl named Olivia to their growing family and has a fourth on the way. Outside of the brewery you can find James and his family sailing on their boat or playing Jenga at Pure Order.
Sales Extraordinaire, Santa Barbara
David was born in Santa Barbara and spent much of his life developing relationships throughout the community. After graduating from USC and spending a year in West Hollywood he had simply had enough of the Los Angeles rat race. Hoping to rediscover the laid back lifestyle he remembered from his childhood, David returned to Santa Barbara.
To put it mildly, he has spent a considerable amount of time getting to know the employees, owners and patrons of Santa Barbara’s bar and restaurant scene. He can only hope that these sacrifices pay off when it comes to selling and distributing Pure Order beer.
Outside of the brewery you can find David at Rincon Point, watching the Laker game, or jamming out to music with good friends.
Sales Extraordinaire, Los Angeles area
Native to San Marino, California, Diana graduated from College of Charleston with a B.A. in Arts Management. She is the younger sister of Pure Order’s Brew Master, James Burge and cousin to Sales Executive, David Burge.
During her last year in Charleston, Diana worked for an events company which she credits for teaching her the ins and outs of event planning and sales. Diana recently got hitched to her long time boyfriend and relocated to Huntington Beach where she keeps the Pure Order name alive.
Outside of making Pure Order a SoCal name, you can find Diana at the beach, traveling with her new husband, and attending art shows with girlfriends.
As a passionate home brewer himself, John comes to us after graduating from Humboldt University in 2014 with a degree in Microbiology and Chemistry. One day John and his dad stopped by the tasting room for just one beer, but in true Pure Order fashion one beer turned into a few, then by the end of the day John had a job as the Brewers Assistant.
John works hard to keep the beer flowing and he's James right hand man in brewing, fermenting, dry hopping, bottling, and pretty much all things beer. You'll usually find him tucked away in the back of the brewery being a chemist.
Outside of the brewery you can find John making his own home brews with his family and friends.
This hoppy local was born and raised in Santa Barbara. Erika studied and developed a background in Psychology and Communications at Santa Barbara City College with the idea of pursuing a career in wine.
After many trips to Portland Oregon, other than falling in love with the culture itself, she quickly became intrigued by the craft beer buiz. Erika's appreciation for the beer culture and complexity grew over time and her journey to pursue her passion in beer has brought her to Pure Order Brewing. With this hands-on job, she couldn’t ask for a better environment and team of people to work with. You can find Erika behind the bar serving up our brews or behind the scenes organizing our live music events.
Outside of Pure Order you can find Erika enjoying live music with friends, crafting away with jewelry or patchwork, or road tripping her way through the US with destination: local brewery on her agenda.
Taproom Bartender & Delivery Boy
Jared was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. After graduating high school in 2009 he enlisted into the Marine Corps infantry and was stationed in Twentynine Palms, California. Upon completion of his active duty contract, and in search of more relaxed lifestyle, he moved to Santa Barbara where he is now studying Engineering at Santa Barbara City College and serving the loyal patrons of Pure Order.
Outside of the brewery and school you can find Jared at the beach, hiking the local trails, and attending nearby music events.
Devin has moved back up north with his family. He's been the backbone since day 1, but don't fear, he will be making some guest appearances in the taproom this summer. Make sure to give him a high five next time you see him!
The Delivery Girl
Meet Baby Blue, she's our vintage 1977 Volkswagen delivery girl. Blue has been with the Burge family since the beginning. One day James stumbled upon her pink slip in downtown LA, her beat-up old jalopy exterior didn't scare him away, as he saw her for what she really is, a gem. So with a tow-truck and open mind he welcomed Blue into the Burge family.
Blue has since been totally revived with a new paint job, new tires, and a revved up engine. You may have seen her cruising around downtown SB making deliveries at her favorite local bars, markets, and restaurant. Don't be shy when you see her around town, give her a honk, she'll be sure to give you one back!
When not making deliveries you can find Blue parked at the brewery, staking her claim right out front of the brewery doors, to be sure she's seen by the bystanders. she's very friendly, go ahead and snap a picture in front of her!
First and foremost, Pure Order Brewing Company is and always will be a Burge family project rooted deeply in the community and lifestyle of Santa Barbara, CA. Each Burge was raised to be hard working, driven and to, most of all, put family first. These qualities are the pillars of the brewery and will be the driving force behind any and all future success. As time progresses, we hope that Pure Order will become an extended family of Pure Local employees, customers, suppliers and artisans. With this in mind, here is our story…
After more than 10 years of brewing beers and far too long in the conventional workforce, brewmaster James Burge decided it was time to take the leap and open up his own shop. His first move was to settle on a name and central brew style. The name Pure Order comes from the German Rheinheitsgebot (literal translation, Purity Order) of 1516 which states that only four ingredients –malt, hops, yeast and water- can be used in the brewing of beer. From the get go James has sought to combine this ancient tradition with more westernized flavors to create unique, full flavored and drinkable brews.
Next, James needed to find his partners. In true Burge fashion he turned to family and convinced his brother Bucky and father Steve to hop on board. Together the three Burge boys put the wheels in motion and James was well on his way to realizing his dream. The only obstacle left was finding a location.
Being that Santa Barbara courses through the Burge veins, setting up shop in the 805 was an easy call. Once that was decided, it became obvious that they would have to bring on a local whose knowledge of the market would complement James’ brewing experience. For this they turned to David, another Burge, whose passion for beer is matched only by his passion for SB.
Finally, after over a year and a half of searching, the team came across an old storage building with plenty of property near Downtown Santa Barbara. At this location the Burge family believes that they can craft a beer and build a company that will infuse itself in the surf and art culture of Santa Barbara and become the embodiment of everything that makes this small little beach town, and its lifestyle, among the most desired in the world.