CROOKED STAVE ARTISAN BEER PROJECT Denver, Colorado
"This brewing endeavor is a culmination of the knowledge and inspiration I have amassed during the past four years of living, studying, brewing and traveling abroad. It’s difficult for me to articulate the many experiences and ideas that have been born during this time into a precise summary. It is only through the beers which will be produce that I can best unveil the adventures I have been on and the bestowed inspirations." - Chad Yokobson; Crooked Stave owner and brewmaster
HUNTER GATHERER BREWERY
Columbia, South Carolina
Kevin Varner opened the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery in 1995, and he has brewed every batch of beer at the H-G for the last 20 years. He learned the craft of brewing at Hales Ales in Seattle, Washington. Hales is one of the oldest microbreweries in the country, and Hale’s Pale Ale is the Northwest’s first craft brewed pale ale.
Mike Hale opened Hales in 1983, after apprenticing at George Gale & Co. in Horndean, England. Gales Brewery was bought by Fullers and closed in 2006; however, Fullers still makes Gales HSB and Prize Old Ale with Gale’s original yeast strain. The Hunter-Gatherer is one of only a few breweries worldwide to have access and to use Gale’s classic English yeast strain.
FOOTHILLS BREWING Winston-Salem, North Carolina
"FRESH. LOCAL. BEER."
"Fresh beer is always the best beer. We strive to not only make beer with top quality ingredients and time-honored methods, but to have it in your hands for you to enjoy within days of it leaving our brewery."
LIVE OAK BREWING COMPANY Austin, Texas
"Live Oak is truly a home-grown Austin enterprise. We are the city’s oldest craft brewery, making extraordinary lagers and ales since 1997. Two of Austin’s own homebrewers, Chip McElroy and Brian Peters, literally hand-built the brewery and were the two main brewers, keg washers, delivery persons, and proselytizers. Live Oak has grown since then, but we are still just as passionate about providing delicious old-world style beers that are rarely commercially available."
NoDa BREWING COMPANY Charlotte, North Carolina
"NoDa Brewing Company is a homegrown Charlotte brew house located in (and named after) the city’s most bohemian and artistic neighborhood—NoDa, named after North Davidson Street. Our approach is to handcraft small-batch beers with a dedication to quality and variety. Our size and attitude allow us to brew unique and artistic recipes as well as our renditions of classic varieties such as Stouts, Witbiers, and Winter Warmers. We are actually the only brewery in town with deep roots in the homebrewing scene. After winning numerous homebrew competitions, by popular demand, we took our beer to the general public. From our taproom to our kegs to our cans we hope you taste and enjoy the commitment, detail and love we put into every last drop of our NoDa beers.
ODELL BREWING COMPANY Fort Collins, Colorado
Doug, Wynne and Corkie Odell started their brewing odyssey in 1989 in a converted 1915 grain elevator located on the outskirts of downtown Fort Collins. Odell’s was just the second microbrewery to open in Colorado. "No one knew what “craft beer” was in those early days of the industry and we had to educate our first customers on what exactly it was we were trying to sell them. Not home brew, or worse, bathtub brew, but small batch, hand-crafted, commercially brewed distinctive beers. Our success was immediate. Doug brought his passion for crafting great beer to our new brewery."
INDUSTRIAL ARTS BREWING
Garnerville, New York
“I want to have the go-to local hoppy beer,” says O’Neil. “The beers are going to be expressive, bright and as fresh as possible.” He explains he isn’t seeking the ultra specialty-seeking hipster crowd, rather everyday beer drinkers who appreciate a high-quality, consistent IPA.
“I’ve brewed a lot of different kinds of beer, scratched a lot of itches,” he says. “It’s the pursuit of the ‘perfect beer,’ which may or may not exist.”
In March 2009, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery opened its doors, at the time Charlotte’s only local brewery. Charlotteans embraced it with a bear hug (that was the authentic German beer talking) and OMB started to build a dedicated following that’s never really stopped growing. Today, in a new, larger space that features a spectacular eight-acre German-style Biergarten, a state-of-the-art 60-barrel Brewery (largest locally owned craft brewhouse in the state), and a dine-in Brauhaus Charlotte’s oldest brewery continues to grow while staying committed to fresh, local beer. And also offers the best brewery tour in America according to USA Today readers. As John Marrino says, “Not everything can be local, but beer can and should be. OMB looks forward to providing Charlotte with good times and its freshest beer for many years to come."
THE OLDE MECKLENBURG BREWERY
Charlotte, North Carolina
FORT HILL BREWERY
Fort Hill Brewery was established in 2014 in Easthampton, MA by a small group of friends who like to brew.
"Our goal is to provide the Pioneer Valley with the best traditional German-style lager for a clean, refreshing taste you'll always come back to. All of our beers follow the German purity law of Reinheitsgebot, meaning that our beers contain only four ingredients: water, malt, hops, and yeast. "
HILL FARMSTEAD BREWERY
"Hill Farmstead Brewery is the culmination of many years of travel and insight—of experience and education—of friendships and explorations.
The brewery is the revival and continuation of 220 years of Hill heritage and hand crafted history in North Greensboro, Vermont.
Its logo is retrieved from a sign that once hung in Aaron Hill's (our great(x3) grandfather) tavern, just up the hill, in the early 1800s."
"David Cole and Peter Erickson are the founders and co-owners of Epic Brewing Company. Cole and Erickson, originally from California, started an international aquaculture company in Utah in 1992. In 2008, Utah law changed allowing these two entrepreneurs to pursue their longtime dream of opening a strong beer microbrewery in Utah, like those they frequented in the Golden State. Despite the rapid expansion and increase in production volume Epic Brewing has stayed committed to its founding principal of small batch, artisanal beer. Every batch released in the Elevated and Exponential series is numbered, stamped, and release information is published online. Currently brewing 39 plus beers Epic believes there is a beer for every person and every occasion."
"We believe in the power of beer to bring great people together, foment fantastic ideas, and build a community that values craft beer and one another. Rhinegeist means "Ghost of the Rhine," and refers to our place here in the historic Brewery District in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. Within these unique and historic walls, we brew batches of beer that sing with flavor and delight us. The yin/yang of our brewing philosophy is hoppy/sessionable and we aim to brew beers where "the first sip calls for the third."
"We self-distribute our beer, which means each beer you drink in a bar or at a restaurant is poured directly from a keg that we delivered cold in our refrigerated vans (keep your eyes peeled for them around town). Fresh beer is tasty beer, and that’s our favorite kind."
"The Craft Bier Of Bavarian Kings, Modeled after the legendary 400+ year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany – is here! Guests are now able to enjoy many of the traditions from Germany that have made Hofbräuhaus famous. From the traditionally decorated rooms in the building to the beer that is brewed on-site, and of course the excellent German fare, Hofbräuhaus Columbus is a memorable experience for all."
Raleigh, North Carolina
“Effect change, don’t be an audience. Walk your own path, and instead of thinking outside the box imagine what if there was no box.” Lonerider opened its doors in Raleigh, North Carolina on January 23rd, 2009 with a beer and a dream. Today, Lonerider is distributed in six states and is counted amongst top 150 breweries in USA. An Inc. 5000 and CED Top 25 winner, with an eye for quality, Lonerider crafted each of its beers with the highest quality ingredients. As a result Lonerider has a portfolio of award winning beers, including medals from the Great American Beer Festival. "
OTTER CREEK BREWING
"Otter Creek has been hitting, hopping and dosing brews with creativity since acid-wash jeans were hip. Under the direction of brewmaster Mike Gerhart, we are undergoing a renaissance of rad, a rebirth of cool--throwing a bit of kind into the kettle whenever possible. Our hop-soaked ales are available throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.
In 2010 we completed a sizable expansion of our facility. Six new fermenters added 30,000 barrels to our capacity while a state-of-the-art filling machine helps us meet the growing demand for our brews. Our newest toy, a centrifuge, allows us to control the efficiency of each batch we brew and bottle. With a new mezzanine just completed, we're poised for prolonged growth and innovation as our cosmic journey continues."
GREAT WAGON ROAD DISTILLING COMPANY
Charlotte, North Carolina
Ollie Mulligan is a throwback to another time and place. A native of County Kildare, Ireland, Ollie hails from a long history of whiskey makers – some more infamous than others, but all with a passion for distilling small batch spirits. Ollie opened The Great Wagon Road Distilling Company to continue the tradition of distilling right here in Charlotte. Walk into the distillery, or the bar, or talk to the man himself. Taste the hand crafted spirits and you can tell that the whiskey business is Ollie’s calling."
“Founded in 1997, Atwater Block Brewery made its debut in Detroit, Michigan in the historic Rivertown district. The original owner’s reasoning and focus was to bring back the Bohemian style lager that Stroh’s Brewing Company had made famous in the mid 1800’s. The passion for beer started in 1848 when the first mass produced beer was bottled in the Detroit area. So although Detroit is known for being the Motor city, at one time Michigan had more production breweries than anyone in the country. Atwater wanted to re-invent that product back in 1997 of making German style Lagers. The owners purchased a Kasper Schulz, the oldest makers of brewing equipment in the world! It was purchased at a trade show in 1996 and by 1997 Atwater was producing beer!"
FULL SPECTRUM BREWING CO.
"We aren’t trying to impress you with the size of our brewery or the decadence of our tap room. We’re not here to brew the fanciest beers or prove ourselves to the beer snobs. We’re here simply to craft great beers for great people. Our promise to you is to brew a beer for everyone on the spectrum- whether you like dark or pale, hoppy or sweet, heavy or light, we’ve got a great beer for you."
Fort Mill, South Carolina
TWENTY SIX ACRES BREWERY
Concord, North Carolina
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NEW BELGIUM BREWING
This one goes out to all the beer lovers in NC! In celebration of our 25th anniversary and grand opening in Asheville, NC, our Asheville brewing team is sending their first limited release, one-off beer out of our Asheville brewery to draft lines across North Carolina. The 25th Anniversary Ale is an unfiltered citrus pale ale hopped like an IPA but at a drinkable 5.7% ABV. Beer fans can find the hoppy pale ale on draft at our Asheville Liquid Center now, and at taprooms across the state starting this week!
“The 25th Anniversary Ale is really us just brewing something we love to drink and wanting to share it with our new home state,” said John Swanson, New Belgium Lead Brewer. “We used our house ale yeast and a malt bill with wheat and some groats for body and mouthfeel. We threw Galaxy and Manderina hops on the back end, with a touch of orange peel and dry hopped with more Galaxy. We chose to keep it unfiltered. It was a worthy brew for our awesome anniversary party and I’m excited to get it out to the rest of the state.”