|Meet Our Restaurant Staff|
“PIRATE” JOHN HUGHES - PARTNER
On one of his many trips to Key West, John garnered the nickname that has stuck with him through the years - “Pirate” John. Back then he was a hippie, and in Key West, hippies are considered Pirates. John’s no stranger to the open waters, as he’s traveled most of the world working at the helm, as Captain on charter or fishing boats; primarily from Alaska to Key West ports.
John began visiting Lake Havasu about 12 years ago while on a whim traveling through and fell in love with the town and the beer. Brewmaster Lon was then working at Barley Brother’s, which was conveniently along John’s route into town from where he often stayed.
Over the years and many beers, Pirate John and Lon often spoke of their dreams to someday form a partnership and create an innovative brewery - thus College Street was born.
LON WEATHERSON - BREWMASTER / MANAGING PARTNER
A philosophy major at the University of Kansas, Lon was on a path to become a lawyer. However Lon’s dorm mate didn’t exactly warm up to his deep philosophical conversations. So once his roommate moved out, Lon used the extra space to spend evenings brewing in his dorm room closet. It was an interesting hobby that eventually landed him his first Brewmaster position at Free State Brewing Company - the first “legal” brewery in Kansas for about 100 years. There Lon honed his skills and even took courses in microbiology and microscopy to further understand the science behind it. After 15 years of brewing sprinkled with lots of college courses, Lon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Arizona University.
After 8 years at Free State, Lon was bit by the travel bug and landed in Lake Havasu. Here, he managed the installation and setup of Barley Brother's brew room and has been their Brewmaster since 1997. Lon’s experimentation with different ingredients, utilization of top quality grains from independent, family-owned growers and innovative brewing methods has helped earn Barley’s 7 medals at the Great American Beer Festival - the largest commercial beer competition in the world.
“When you look at history, especially American history, beer plays a big part. A huge part of the formation of this country was conducted in pubs.”
Just image the possibilities that exist over a cold beer...
THEARY SO - CHEF
Theary's introduction to the kitchen and cooking began at a young age - whether is was washing dishes at 5, holding a clever at 7 or making rice as a part of her family's Southeast Asian meals. She didn't realize then that those duties laid the foundation for a career in the hospitality and food industry.
Theary attended The University of Washington in Seattle, where she was exposed to different cultures and various cuisines. It was in Washington where her passion for all types of food developed. After college Theary moved to Maui. The spirit of the island, the people and most notable, the fresh and unique food gave her a sense of well-being and inspiration.
Theary decided to return to school, but this time she knew her passion was cooking. she attended the Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, Texas. It was a whole new wave of culture, people and food. After traveling across the globe and eating a variety of cuisines, Theary realized every place has a story when it comes to food. The common thread is the local traditions and ingredients. Theary was drawn to Lake Havasu because of the gorgeous weather..."Its always sunny." She continues to be inspired by fresh, local and sustainable ingredients.