Rising Star Brewer Colin Lenfesty of Holy Mountain Brewing - Biography

Seattle, WA

November 2015

There’s no place better than Seattle to blossom as a brewer. From the teeming home-brew scene to the room for professional growth within craft breweries, Colin Lenfesty, Mike Murphy, and Adam Paysse have emerged as the real deal.

Lenfesty was an auto mechanic who joined the ranks of brewers at Schooner Exact, where he met Murphy, who was a sales manager. He also was introduced to Paysse, a home-brewer with a penchant for all things fermented, who happened to share a home brew warehouse with Murphy. The three found common ground in their love for certain beers, and collectively started working on a business plan for a fully brewer-ownedand-operated business. Their paths would lead separate ways—Lenfesty to other Seattle breweries, Murphy to Westland Distillery, and Paysse to software engineering—only to cross paths again later. 

​After three years of planning, borrowing money from family and friends, and building the space from the ground up, the trio opened Holy Mountain Brewing in Interbay. There, the three are able to produce beers they love to make and drink—all without ever having to brew a flagship IPA. By thumbing their collective nose at trends, they forge new ones and flood the market with ideas. With strong direction and willingness to take risks, these brewers are the next suds masters of Seattle.