IAN CLARK, BEER CHEF / OWNER
If we had to choose two words to describe Ian, it would be passionate and fearless. He is a brewer, a chef, a gardener, a beekeeper, and a modern day MacGyver. He'll try anything once, and somehow whatever he puts his hands on turns out with a little bit of remarkable mixed in.
His cooking career started at the young and eager age of 14. From there he went on to graduate from New England Culinary Institute and then travelled from one kitchen to the next learning his trade. Working at the acclaimed Black Point Inn in Prouts Neck, Maine, for the highly awarded Chef Mavro in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point, CA before finding a home in Boulder, CO. In Boulder, he spent hours behind the lines at Q's, Jax Fish House, and then Rhumba before helping open Centro in 2007. As Executive Chef at Centro he defined soulful Latin cuisine. Winning numerous awards and accolades like an appearance on National Television on The Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, which showcased his brunch program. As well as being selected, along with 5-leading chefs across the country, as the Mexican-cuisine expert for Atkins Chef Recipe Program. Under his skillful hands, Centro was named “Denver’s 10 Best New Restaurants” and “Denver’s Best Restaurants” by 5280 Magazine as well as highlighted in national publications including Tasting Table and Sunset Magazine.
Ian's passion and insatiable curiosity for food led seamlessly to his art of building seriously delicious beer. The weekend hobby quickly became an obsession as the four simple ingredients lead to endless possibilities in his chef's mind. Ian continuously puts his soul and passion in everything he does, and you can truly taste it in his beer and food. In February of 2013, Ian left Centro to open BRU handbuilt ales & eats where he plans to bring together his talents for cooking and brewing under one roof.