2014 PARTICIPATING BREWERIES
Sun King Brewery Indianapolis, IN
4 Hands Brewing Company St. Louis, MO
Avery Brewing Company Boulder, CO
Baxter Brewing Co. Lewiston, ME
Beavertown Brewery London, UK
Bells Brewery Kalamazoo, MI
Brewery Vivant Grand Rapids, MI
Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn, NY
Camden Town Brewery London, UK
Cigar City Brewing Tampa, FL
COOP Aleworks Oklahoma City, OK
Country Boy Brewing Lexington, KY
DC Brau Washington, DC
Epic Brewery Salt Lake City, UT
Great Crescent Brewery Aurora, IN
Half Acre Beer Company Chicago, IL
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Richmond VA
MadTree Brewing Company Cincinnati, OH
Marble Brewery Albuquerque, NM
Maui Brewing Lahaina, HI
New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins, CO
Oskar Blues Brewery Lyons, CO
People's Brewery Lafayette, IN
Piney River Brewing Company Bucyrus, MO
Revolution Brewing Chicago, IL
Rhinegeist Cincinnati, OH
SanTan Brewing Company Chandler, AZ
Schlafly Beer St. Louis, MO
Sierra Nevada Chico, CA
Ska Brewing Durango, CO
Sockeye Brewing Boise, ID
Surly Brewing Minneapolis, MN
Tallgrass Brewing Company Manhattan, KS
Tin Man Brewing Co. Evansville, IN
Two Brothers Brewing Company Warrenville, IL
Upland Brewing Company Bloomington, IN
Vander Mill Ciders Spring Lake, MI
Warped Wing Brewing Company Dayton, OH
West 6th Brewing Company Lexington, KY
Wiseacre Brewing Memphis, TN
Sun King Brewery is the brainchild of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. With the help of family and friends – Omar Robinson, Andy Fagg and Steve Koers – the first keg of Sun King beer rolled out the door for delivery in July 2009. Now available on tap and in cans at hundreds of locations around central Indiana, Sun King has grown into the second-largest beer brewer in the state of Indiana. The company’s commitment to handcrafted seasonal and specialty beers has been rewarded with multiple medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions.
St. Louis, MO
Inspired by the American craft beer movement, 4 Hands Brewing Company pushes the limits of creativity. Using wine and spirit barrels in the production process, the company’s barrel-aging program produces unique beers with bold flavors. 4 Hands Brewing Company began in 2011 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri. To learn more about 4 Hands Brewing Company, visit its website at www.4handsbrewery.com.
Why Only Cans? 1) Quality. 2) Ecology. 3) Tubing. Beer always tastes better out of a keg, right? Think of our cans as tiny kegs. Inside these protective metal grenades our beer is less susceptible to degradation. Cans get cold faster and the beer stays gooder longer. Then there’s big momma earth. The impact of recyclable cans on the environment is remarkably less than bottles. Plus, you can’t take bottles tubing. And that leads to the host of little reasons cans are great: 1) Drinkability B) Toss-ability 3) Wizard Staff-ability.
Established in 1993, Avery Brewing Company has developed a reputation as being one of the most daring and visionary breweries in the nation. They are the brewers of Avery IPA, The Maharaja Imperial IPA, White Rascal Belgian Wheat Ale, Mephistopheles’ Stout and eighteen other year-round and seasonal beers.
Located in the Civil War-era Bates Mill Complex in Lewiston, Maine, Baxter was the first brewery in the country to brew more than 5,000 barrels of beer in their first year of operation and was named the 2011 “New Brewery of the Year” by BevNet Magazine. They are also the first brewery in New England to package 100% of its beer solely in metal containers (aluminum cans and stainless steel kegs). The brewery also offsets 100% of its electrical usage every year with EPA-backed wind power credits.
Beavertown was the old cockney name given to the historic De Beauvoir area, famed across Victorian London for its rich characters and infinite revelry.
Beavertown Brewery was set up in December 2011 by Logan Plant in the kitchen of Duke's Brew and Que, in De Beauvoir, Hackney, London. The brew house, situated opposite the two Smokers of the BBQ restaurant, runs at 4BBL per brew (650 litres - 1150 pints).
In March of 2013 we moved out of our home at Duke's Brew & Que and into our new brew site at Unit 4 Stour Road, Fish Island, London E3 2NT. Now with a little bit more space we can push the boundaries of brewing and get more beer out to the thirsty masses.
In May 2014 we moved to our new 11,000sqft space in Tottenham Hale. We upgraded to a 30BBL (50HL) brew house. We also sat our 'heartbeat' 4BBL kit next to Big Beaver to constantly push our Alpha's, experiments and minds!
Bell's Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we've grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 200 people over a 20 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe, (see below). Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. We strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and beers.
Grand Rapids, MI
At Brewery Vivant we take inspiration for the beer we make from the small farm breweries of Southern Belgium and Northern France. We are not out to replicate the beer being made there, but merely look to take the same enthusiasm and artistic approach in the beer we design and brew. The beer styles from these areas have a wide range of interpretation that is a mix of old traditions, knowledge of brewing science, artistic interpretation of style, and an adventurous spirit to try new things.
Brooklyn Brewery makes beer. Good beer. Not only does it taste good and make your meal better but we like to think that since its founding in 1988, Brooklyn Brewery has brewed flavorful beers that enrich the life, tradition and culture of the communities it serves. Its award-winning roster of year-round, seasonal and specialty beers have gained the Brewery notoriety as one of the top craft beer producers in the world. While striving to brew the best beer possible (and make time for our growing families), The Brewery promotes the proliferation of good beer and good food whenever it can. Brooklyn beers are currently distributed in 25 states and 20 countries. Throughout 2011 The Brewery underwent an expansion that will double overall capacity in 2012 and quintuple by 2013. Brooklyn Brewery probably exports more beer than any other American craft brewery.
"I Started out by making beer in the basement of my pub, The Horseshoe, for fun. Not many other people were really doing this at the time. Plus, my mum had a big birthday coming up. Her dad – my grandfather – had owned a brewery back in Australia and as a present I recreated the beer that they had brewed. Then I realized I really enjoyed it. Which raised the question, how could we keep doing it? How could we make beer that people would want?
Simultaneously, as a pub owner I was getting frustrated that the beer styles I liked – particularly lager – were getting short shrift in the beer market. Most of what was available was bland and fizzy and anything half decent was imported, expensive and seen as a bit exclusive. No wonder lager had a bad name. So I made that my goal. To make lager, to make lager better, to make lager recognisable and to make lager great!" – JASPER CUPPAIDGE, FOUNDER
Cigar City Brewing was founded with two goals in mind. The first to make the world's best beer and the second to share with people near and far the fascinating culture and heritage of the Cigar City of Tampa.
We use the highest quality ingredients we can lay our hands on and that is not just marketing jargon. If it makes better beer, we use it. We also strive to use local ingredients when and where we can. Not only do fresh local ingredients help us to make better beer, it helps us to make beer that reflects the culture and heritage of Tampa Bay.
Oklahoma City, OK
We are a craft brewery based in Oklahoma City, dedicated to brewing full flavor beers with the greatest attention to quality.
Country Boy Brewing opened in February 2012 and has been vital in the beer revolution of Lexington, KY. Country Boy brews fresh, minimally processed beers using the finest ingredients. Always willing to try new things- The Country Boys have made beers with local fruits, vegetables and hops—like the cult favorite Jalapeno Smoked Porter. Stop in the taproom to try one of the staples like Cougar Bait Blonde, Cliff Jumper IPA, or Amos Moses. Look for the find beers on tap at your favorite beer spot across KY and IN!
Yes, the capital of the United States of America now has a beer to call its own. A beer brewed within the city limits and available citywide. A beer representing a delicious and uniquely American blend of North American and European techniques and ingredients. A beer that looks just as inviting in a pint glass at the neighborhood bar as in its handsomely designed can on a picnic table at an Appalachian campsite. A beer that pairs just as well with summer's barbecued bounty as with a hearty winter stew. A beer crafted in our nation's capital that reflects the great state of brewing in the United States today.
Salt Lake City, UT
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.
Together, they have teamed with Brewmaster Kevin Crompton, formerly from Bohemian Brewery. Crompton has been brewing for more than 20 years (since 1994) and has brewed for three Utah breweries and another in Hawaii.
Admittedly, beer geeks, foodies and "Epic" adventure junkies, the three share a passion for making and drinking fine ales and lagers. The Epic team has a strong belief in doing everything "all out."
The Great Crescent Brewery completed an expansion in mid-2011 to include a 10 BBL steam fired brewhouse and 6 new fermenters. We started out in a storefront area on 2nd street in Aurora, IN and moved in early 2010 to our own building located on the corner of Mechanic and Importing streets in downtown Aurora, IN.
Our name - Great Crescent Brewery, comes from the successful and widely known Crescent Brewing company that existed in Aurora, IN from 1873-1899. Our goal continues to craft as much fresh beer as possible and make it available to all that enjoy fresh, hand-crafted beer.
In 2006 Half Acre sparked to life in a spare bedroom. With no brewery and no real means to build one, beers came to life with the crucial assistance of a contract brewer in Wisconsin. Today, the Half Acre Beer Company is a brick and mortar operation that houses our brewery, brewery store, and tap room, where we can host the people who want to hoist our beers.
Our Mission is to become one of the most respected brewers in the United States through integrity in our ingredients and in our business practices, through respect for brewing heritage, and through the inspired creation of extraordinary beers.
MadTree Brewing is Ohio’s first modern age craft brewery to can our beer. Carryout, bar, cafe, family hangout, club meeting… the MadTree taproom is a little bit of everything. Whether you want to fill up your growler or you want to meet up with some of your friends for dinner and a beer, we are happy to have you drop in.
In 2008, Co-Founders Ted Rice, Jeff Jinnett, and John Gozigian opened Marble Brewery with a mission to provide bold, hand-crafted ales and lagers to the southwest. Jeff, John and Ted had been working in the brewpub business for years but wanted to open a production brewery with an on-site tasting room and outdoor beer garden in downtown Albuquerque.
Marble Brewery takes its name from Marble Avenue, which is in the warehouse district at Albuquerque’s northernmost boundary. The brewery draws people from all walks of life and has become a central meeting spot for lawyers, government officials, artists, students, and anyone else looking for artisanal beer and a relaxed atmosphere.
Maui Brewing Co. is a truly Hawaiian brewery, and proud to make 100% of their beer, canned and draft, in Hawaii. Recognized as Hawaii’s #1 craft beer since 2005, the company has a strong commitment to the local economy and the environment. MBC beers are packaged with the most eco-friendly materials. Cans are manufactured on Oahu and designed by local Maui artists. They have the added bonus of better protecting the beer from both light and oxygen damage which can compromise the taste. Plastic rings are dangerous to marine life and therefore, a unique, recyclable plastic carrying device is used to hold the cans. The spent grain from beer production is donated to local ranchers for cattle feed and composting. MBC is also very active in several local Hawaiian charities.
Founder Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, operate a 7-barrel brewpub at the Kahana location as well as a 25-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina. Maui Brewing Co. is a truly local beer as 100% of their products are made in Hawaii.
Fort Collins, CO
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year round beers; Ranger IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Rampant Imperial IPA, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel.
Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brewpub and grill, Oskar Blues Brewery launched its craft-brewed beer canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, Colo. It was the first American craft brewery to brew and can its beer. Today there are more than 200 craft breweries canning beer. The original crew used a hand-canning line on a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont packaged 59,000 in 2011 and grew to 85,750 in 2012 while opening an additional brewery in Brevard, NC, in late 2012.
The People's Brewing Company provides high quality hand-crafted beer and education of the craft industry to the people of Lafayette and the state of Indiana. We offer a tasting room and tours of our facility. We encourage our customers to become educated in craft beer and local beer history.
The People's Brewing Company uses the highest quality ingredients on the market and when possible uses ingredients from the most local producers to promote Indiana economy, reduce transportation costs, and hopefully help reduce the overall impact on the environment doing so.
Joleen and Brian Durham founded Piney River Brewing Company on their farm in South Central Missouri in 2010. Their award winning brewery is dedicated to making distinctive craft beers that celebrate the Ozarks.
Longtime craft beer lovers, Joleen and Brian were first homebrewers, making beer on the kitchen stove and fermenting it in the basement of their 100-year old farm house. In July 2010 they partnered together to revive a 70-year old barn made from red and white oak trees harvested off the farm, and Piney River Brewing Company was born.
The barn, rechristened BARn, is home to Piney River Brewing Company. Joleen and Brian began the craft brewery as a “nanobrewery”, brewing on a 10-gallon Sabco system. In the fall of 2011, a 7-barrel brewhouse with an automatic canning line was put in place for the microbrewery.
Joleen and Brian love to share their award winning beers with friends, family and anyone that makes a trip to the BARn in Bucyrus, MO.
Revolution Brewing just celebrated its third year in business and was recently named Beverage Maker of the Year by the Chicago Tribune. Revolution operates a brewpub at 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. and a 40,000-square-foot production brewery with tap room at 3340 N. Kedzie Ave. Revolution brews more than 50 styles of beer each year including the popular Anti-Hero IPA, seasonal favorites and the Deep Wood Series of barrel-aged beers. Revolution brewed 8,000 barrels of beer in 2012 and projects to brew 24,000 barrels in 2013.
Rhinegeist is a brewery built within the skeleton of the old Moerlein bottling plant (built in 1895). Within these unique and historic walls, we brew 20bbl batches of beer that sings with flavor and delights 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’re a small team with big dreams and tend to smile while we sweat. We brew those styles which are most compelling to our thirst and we certainly hope you enjoy our brews as much as we do.
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. At the turn of the century, this neighborhood was home to nearly 45,o00 inhabitants, most of them of German descent and 38 breweries. We hope to engender the spirit of camaraderie and hard work that we imagine those living and brewing in this neighborhood at that time embodied.
We self distribute our beer, which means each beer that you drink in a bar or restaurant is poured from a keg that we delivered cold in our refrigerated van (keep your eyes peeled for it around town). We like to keep beer as fresh as possible, which means that every keg we fill is immediately moved into cold storage where it sits until we load it onto our refrigerated van for delivery to the coldbox of each local account. Fresh beer is tasty beer, and that’s our favorite kind.
Open since 2007 under the leadership of founder and brewmaster, Anthony Canecchia, SanTan Brewing Company has established a strong reputation as one of Arizona’s favorite craft breweries. In 2009, SanTan Brewing began distributing their Southwestern Style Ales throughout the state of Arizona, operating with a mission to pair craft beer with craft food that would inspire great conversation and good times. 2014 marks the beginning of taking this journey throughout the Southwest, Texas and California!
St. Louis, MO
The Saint Louis Brewery, maker of Schlafly Beer is proud to be St.Louis’ largest locally owned independent brewery. Each year, we brew about fifty unique styles of fresh beer, roughly half of which we bottle and half of which are exclusively available on draft at our two brewery-restaurants. We have a unique beer style for every beer lover, and hope you’ll enjoy our selections at your favorite local stores, restaurants, and bars.
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops and the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada spans more than three decades, with innovation emerging from both the brewhouse and sustainability initiatives. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis® and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers.
Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen medal-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Four Ska beers are now widely available in cans: ESB Special Ale, True Blonde, Modus Hoperandi IPA and the summer seasonal Mexican Logger.
Established in 1996 and in its original Boise, Idaho location since 2002, Sockeye Brewing is available on tap and in cans and has become the most distributed local beer in Idaho. We make the finest craft beer possible for your enjoyment from the high quality barley and hops that make our region one of the best sources for our industry in the world. Our original brewery quickly became too small to handle demand in the Treasure Valley for our brews, so after having upgraded the size of our original brewhouse and tireless self distribution, we answered the call and opened up another brewery. We began canning our fine craft brews at a second, 20bbl brewing facility in Boise in the fall of 2012, and are now available across the fine state of Idaho, well beyond the Treasure Valley taphouses. Our brewers are dedicated to creating the finest ales and lagers possible and like to push the envelope of craft beer styles. Catch a Sockeye brew and release the flavor. Idaho preferred, will travel.
It all started in Omar Ansari’s garage in 1994. He liked beer, felt it should be brewed a certain way, and had expectations of what defined good beer. The motivation for the big idea was the fact that Ansari, along with current (and soon to be) beer lovers were growing “surly” because they couldn’t find enough good beer. A space was procured in 2005, previously the home of his parents’ abrasives manufacturing business – the very building used by Omar’s Pakistani father and German mother to build their own business 40 years before. By the end of 2005, Ansari and head brewer Todd Haug put the finishing touches on their big idea and all systems were finally ‘go’: Surly sold its first keg on February 2, 2006, and has never looked back. Now, seven years later, after unbelievable growth and an expanding family of beers, Surly is served at more than 500 Minnesota bars and restaurants and has received several national beer awards.
Established 2007. The decision to found Tallgrass Brewing Company was made by Jeff Gill and his wife Tricia on April 8, 2006. Tricia had asked Jeff THAT question: “What do you want to do with the rest of your life?” “I want to start a microbrewery!” Jeff answered. He had been an avid homebrewer for six years and loved to brew beer that people enjoyed. After the decision was made, the next 12 months were a flurry of activity: Jeff juggled a full-time job while trying to gain as much experience in the craft beer business as possible and Tricia gave him her full support along the way. They chose Manhattan, KS, for the location of the brewery, and chose Tallgrass for the name. They had always wanted to settle in this area to raise their family and live near the scenic Flint Hills and Tallgrass Prairie surrounding Manhattan. It just so happened that the water near Manhattan is an excellent choice for brewing beer, too!
Tin Man Brewing Company is focused on building and cultivating a knowledgeable, responsible, and thriving craft brew culture in Evansville, IN.
And as a new brewery, we feel it is important to be an Earth friendly business. Our Mash Filter system helps us conserve both energy and water. This type of filter uses about 40% less water and 15-20% less natural gas than a traditional Lauter Tun. Tin Man is the first craft brewery of it's size in the United States to use this system.
Two Brothers Brewing Company was founded by Jim and Jason Ebel in late 1996. The business was envisioned by the brothers based on their entry into entrepreneurship with The Brewer’s Coop, a retail store catering to home beer and wine making. In 1993 The Brewer’s Coop opened its doors in Naperville, IL selling retail ingredients and equipment for the homebrewing community. The more they were surrounded by brewing, the more passionate they became about opening their own microbrewery. In early 1996 they decided to take the plunge and start writing a business plan. Several months later their dream became reality. Two Brothers Brewing Company is still 100% family owned.
Upland Brewing Company brews over 30 beers, which are distributed across Indiana and in parts of Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Chicago. To find information on new beers that will be available in Upland’s distribution network as they are released, please visit www.Facebook.com/UplandBrewingCo.
Upland Brewing Company, Inc. is a Bloomington, Indiana-based brewery established in 1998 that specializes in handcrafted ales and lagers. For more information about their beers, brewers and artisans of great food, please visit www.uplandbeer.com.
Spring Lake, MI
With humble beginnings as a cider mill in 2006 with a 5,000-square-foot building, Vander Mill began distributing their cider products in 750 milliliter glass bottles in 2008 and in draft barrels.
Now, three of the mill’s varieties – Hard Apple, Totally Roasted and Blue Gold (formerly Apple Blueberry) – are being distributed in cans to area convenience stores, groceries, bars and restaurants. Currently, more than 600 retail outlets and 400 pubs in Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio carry Vander Mill ciders.
Warped Wing Brewing Co. is a craft brewery inspired by Dayton's rich history of innovation and invention. We are committed to carrying that spirit forward in today's craft beer scene by brewing new proprietary beer styles and our own "warped" interpretations on existing styles. We will also focus on creating unique seasonal and specialty beers.
We have a full-scale production brewery in the heart of downtown Dayton in the site of the old Buckeye Brass & Iron Foundry circa 1938. We brew and distribute our beers to local restaurants, bars, grocery and retailers in the Dayton area.
In addition to distributing our beers, we have an Industrial style Tasting Room where guests can sample our various beer offerings while appreciating views of the downtown skyline or the cathedral of stainless steel. If you are on-the-go, we will sell growlers, package beer and kegs to share with friends off-site. We also offer a rotating food menu from our tavern and restaurant friends in and around the Oregon District.
West Sixth Brewing founders Ben, Brady, Joe, and Robin all came to the same conclusion at about the same time – Lexington, KY needs more high quality local craft beer. Since we came from very different backgrounds with diverse sets of experiences and talents, we joined forces to create beer that can be enjoyed not only by craft beer experts, but also by those who just want something tasty to drink after going for a bike ride.
Though we all got to this point in our lives in different ways, we strongly agree on West Sixth’s goals. We will provide a taproom and beer garden where the beer list is never the same but that is always local. We will be a brewery that measures its success not only by making great craft beer but also by how it helps our community. We will always strive to protect our environment even if it costs us more to do so. And last, but not least, we all share a desire to create the best beer possible and to be an integral part of building a great beer culture for our great town.
WISEACRE is a craft brewery committed to top quality, uniquely flavorful beer that appeals to passionate & progressive people through education & good times. The brewery name comes from a term of endearment/scolding their grandmother used on the young troublemakers. Brothers Davin & Kellan Bartosch dreamed up WISEACRE many moons ago & have been on an extensive quest procuring top-notch experience from around the globe to deliver the crunkest brewery possible in their groovy hometown of Memphis, TN.