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"Sean has been a mentor to me in so many ways. His inspiration is infectious, approachable and highly motivating. He makes you want to run to the kitchen and grab the first can or bottle of beer you see and just start experimenting!"
-- Rob Shellman, Founder/Certified Cicerone® | Better Beer Society™

"Sean is a mad alchemist in the kitchen and puts on amazing food and beer spectacles. When he spoke to my beer appreciation class, he held them spellbound until they tasted his food, at which point they erupted in cheers."
-- Jay R. Brooks, Syndicated Beer Writer/Educator | Brookston Beer Bulletin

"In the U.S. craft beer world, Sean’s prowess in beer cuisine is legendary."
-- Stephen Beaumont, author of 10 books on beer, including The World Atlas of Beer and The Beer & Food Companion

"The Rasputinesque figure of Sean Paxton looms large in the legacy of zymergic gastronomes. But don’t let his imposing visage intimidate you. This gentle giant is also large among homebrewers and those who appreciate great beer and food. Combining talents for brewing, cooking, art direction and photography, Sean is an amazing treasure for our small but growing band of bay area beer lovers."
-—Tom Dalldorf, publisher | Celebrator Beer News

"Food can be more than sustenance. Sean's talent for cooking and composing flavors is a rare combination, making his meals memorable and inspiring."
-- Alan Sprints, Head Brewer/Owner | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company

"Sean defines the term "Brewing Chef." His passion for making superb beers and incorporating his knowledge of food with beer produces an extraordinary synergy of flavors. Sean is serious about food and beer and it shows."
-- Shaun O'Sullivan, Brewer/Owner | 21st Amendment Brewery

"Sean has been creating and pairing great food and great beer for years, and I never pass up a chance to enjoy them."
-- John Palmer, author | How To Brew

"I'll never forget the Monkfish poached in lobster butter with peaches and daikon radish - a truly insipred dish that blew me away."
-- Sabra, San Francisco

"Sean's incredible food and wine pairings made my 40th birthday celebration so much more than a dinner; it was a memorable dining experience."
-- Eric, Livermore

"That was the best meal I've ever had!"
-- About 500 folks who've attended the Northern California Homebrew Festival over the years.



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Sean Z. Paxton
Sonoma, California