Highbrow Vapor produces some of my favorite e-liquids, so I was thrilled to find out more about the person behind the juice!
Another Modding Maverick, where I introduce you to the people behind the vaping scenes, Bryan is an E-Liquid supplier of hand crafted juice in numerous flavors. Two of which, have become my daily favorites.
I introduce you to Bryan, of Highbrow Vapor!
Meet Bryan Peck from Highbrow Vapor
TUC: How long have you been vaping?
Bryan: Just over 2 years.
TUC: What prompted you to start an eJuice business?
Bryan: Like most vapers new to the genre I spent a few hundred dollars initially on juices I really was not that happy with. I thought to myself that there must be a better way to get quality products at reasonable prices that can be customized to my particular tastes. There really is a need for more vendors that can offer something appealing in a juice that will keep them away from analogs.
TUC: Who or what do you believe has had the most influence on you in the vaping community, and why?
Bryan: Definitely my father. After watching him my entire life use smokeless tobacco, cigarettes and cigars and dropping the habit for an ecig successfully for over a year I decided to take the leap. Oddly enough we were leaving a funeral and by chance I had asked him finally to try out his ecig. I realized right after my first puff/toot/toke that I could do something like this as an alternative to analogs.
TUC: What would you say is your all time favorite movie, and why?
Bryan: This is perhaps the hardest question one could ever ask another. I really love my movies and narrowing down to just a single favorite would somehow feel sacrilegious. Off the top of my head I would have to say in no particular order -Run Lola Run, Trainspotting, The Doors, Braveheart and Dances With Wolves all for various reasons.
TUC: What are some of your favorite foods?
Bryan: Thai food is tough to beat but as I have grown older my favorite foods are those that are cooked for me by anyone willing.
TUC: What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Bryan: Fly fishing, backpacking, computer modding and being a good father to my new daughter.
TUC: Which ONE word do you feel best describes you?
TUC: Which ONE word do you think your friends would use to best describe you?
TUC: What flavor e-liquid are you vaping right now?
TUC: What e-cigarette, or mod are you vaping right now?
Bryan: Good old fashioned eGo 510 thread with a XL LR atty. I love dinosaurs and other extinct things as well such as Latin and the Macarena. Don’t judge me hardcore modders! lol
TUC: If you could live anywhere in the World, where would it be, and why?
Bryan: Living in Central California I think I may have the best of everything. 3 hours from SF or LA. 1 hour from the beautiful Sierra Nevada. Tough to beat.
More about Bryan
Perhaps it is fate that this hobby turned hobby business came to be for us over here at Highbrow Vapor. Our little experiment really started by pure accident. A few years ago my father, David, dropped his tobacco dependency in favor of using an ecig.
After watching him for over a year successfully stay away from chewing tobacco, smoking cigars and smoking cigarettes I (Hi I’m Bryan, the narrator of this little bio) decided to give them a try as well.
Little did I know how much such an odd little device would reshape my world.
I wanted to quit mostly because I had a baby on the way but also for all the other reasons I am sure all of you have struggled with as well. To be honest I had always though of ecigs as pretty useless since my initial 7-11 encounter with them (No offense 7-11 you make a great Slurpee). But this was something completely different.
Dad was using a next generation device that actually gave that throat hit us smokers so delightfully crave. It wasn’t a big fancy mod but it certainly did the trick. I was immediately sold and did what most people do and went out and bought 3 or 4 kits and countless bottles of various juices.
My father and I really fed off of each and it was great we had a common interest to bridge that generational gap fathers and sons so often have. It was really special to have that type of connection over something as simple as a battery and a heating element. Who knew?
Ecigs are such a social outlet for folks and kicking the analog habit is so much more enjoyable when you have someone to share that fervor with. I really think the social aspect of this hobby we have in its ability to connect with one another is so critical and quite special.
It wasn’t long before we teamed up and started making in-house extracts to mix in with our overseas juices to boost their flavor profiles.
This is where that fate thing comes into play.
You see, Dad has always had a green thumb since his days growing up on a farm. He always had a garden to be envious of and spent his time with the bygone arts of canning and creating various alcoholic concoctions from scratch from the fruits and vegetables he grew.
I call it pioneer craft.
Regardless it is pretty neat and quite useful for what we currently do. With just a few adjustments we were able to extract the juices we use today. Although he is busy running his own company he always makes time to create our fruit extractions with the threat of withholding granddaughter time if he doesn’t.
It works every time.
My background seems to fit into juice making as well in some strange way. As a young adult I studied biochemistry at UC Davis. I have spent the last five years working on an ambulance and the five years prior to that I managed and tended bar.
In jest I tell people that “I used to cause car accidents and now I pick people up from them.”
It feels great to fall into something so passionately that you have prepared for unknowingly. Every day I use my medical, biochemistry and mixology background in the products we create.
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