Kirk Nishikawa owns Brewyard Beer Co. with partner Sherwin Antonio. The Glendale pub has been hydrating the neighborhood since 2015 — it’s the area’s first micro-brewery, according to the company. Prior to starting the business, Nishikawa worked as an architect for eight years and restaurant manager for his family’s restaurant for four years. Antonio worked as a mechanic for 20-plus years before going all-in on beer brewing. Nishikawa handles the sales side, while Antonio is the brew master. The Brewyard owners tap into their Asian roots with beers such as Ube Wan, an Indian pale ale made with purple yam, or Ube, which is used in Filipino dishes.

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