Chris was born and raised in Bakersfield. His relationship with great beer started during a summer trip to Europe at 19. Returning to the States, he bought his first home-brewing kit and book from Lengthwise, and has been brewing ever since.
After an on-the-job injury forced him out of law enforcement, he began brewing more, and upon meeting Bailey, the concept for Crusader Brewing Company was born.
Chris brings his passion for the traditional beers of Europe together with a west coast brewing style that permeates California, and an attention to detail he learned from his years as a law enforcement officer, Chris hopes to introduce Bakersfield to new styles of beer, and a new culture of beer drinking.
Bailey Hale dreamed of owning and operating a pub from a young age. As the eldest son of a large family, he always enjoyed the warmth and camaraderie of a tavern.
As an Army combat veteran and supervisor for the County of Kern, Bailey has experience in managing personnel, work flow, budgets, inventory management, Lean 6 Sigma, and logistics which allow him to apply his expertise to managing the business as General Manager and VP.