Steven Cardenas

Steven Cardenas

Steven graduated with a BS in Bio-Chemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California San Diego. During his academic career he was involved in research projects ranging from pollution in California wetlands to reproductive medicine research on gonadotropin releasing hormone receptor. After undergrad Steven was accepted to the biomedical PhD program and University of California Irvine but later withdrew to become an entrepreneur.

Steven is now an owner and brewer at Pacific Plate Brewing Co. In charge of everything from engineering to microbiology. He is also an owner and operator of Monrovia Homebrew Shop, teaching and spreading the joy of craft beer to homebrewers.  A few years ago, Roxane Losey from GCF asked about hosting an event at Pacific Plate Brewing Co. Because of Stevens love for science he offered to make a series of beers branded specifically for raising awareness and funds for endangered species. Thus, was born the first beer of the series White Rhino IPA, a white IPA brewed with coriander and orange zest.

In his spare time, he maintains his own aquaponics system, raises chickens, and is an active apiarist (Los Angeles Zoo’s volunteer bee rescuer). Steven is a loving husband and father of two boys Benjamin and Luke.