2013 PARTICIPATING BREWERIES
2014 event lineup subject to change
Sun King Brewery Indianapolis, IN
21st Amendment Brewery San Francisco, CA
Arcadia Brewing Company Battle Creek, MI
Avery Brewing Company Boulder, CO
Baxter Brewing Co. Lewiston, ME
Blue Dog Mead Eugene, OR
Boston Beer Company Boston, MA
Brewery Vivant Grand Rapids, MI
Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn, NY
Cigar City Brewing Tampa, FL
DC Brau Washington, DC
Great Crescent Brewery Aurora, IN
Half Acre Beer Company Chicago, IL
Lexington Brewing & Distilling Lexington, KY
Marble Brewery Albuquerque, NM
Maui Brewing Lahaina, HI
Morgan Street Brewery St. Louis, MO
New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins, CO
Oskar Blues Brewery Lyons, CO
Revolution Brewing Chicago, IL
SanTan Brewing Company Chandler, AZ
Schlafly Beer St. Louis, MO
Sierra Nevada Chico, CA
Sixpoint Brewery Brooklyn, NY
Ska Brewing Durango, CO
Sockeye Brewing Boise, ID
Surly Brewing Company Minneapolis, MN
Tallgrass Brewing Company Manhattan, KS
Tin Man Brewing Co. Evansville, IN
Two Brothers Brewing Company Warrenville, IL
West 6th Brewing Company Lexington, KY
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.
San Francisco, CA
Hey, weʼre Nico & Shaun. We live for great beer. When we opened the 21st Amendment Brewpub in San Francisco in 2000, we vowed to do things differently. To us, the 21st Amendment means much more than just an end to Prohibition. It means the right to brew beer, the freedom to be innovative, and the obligation to have fun.
Battle Creek, MI
Arcadia Brewing Company was established in 1996 as a microbrewery specializing in handcrafted British-style ales. All of our beers are produced in small batches, and our 25 Barrel Peter Austin Brewery and methods originated in England, which allows this style of beer to reflect over 250 years of world class brewing heritage.
In addition to brewing on authentic British equipment, Arcadia uses only the finest malted barley from England, and when combined with the freshest hops from the Pacific Northwest of our United States, and our legendary Ringwood yeast, the result is some of the best and freshest handcrafted ales available, on any continent.
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.
Blue Dog Mead Started two years ago with the vision to bring mead back to the masses one mouth at a time. Currently 1 & 4 session mead producers in the world and the first mead in a can world wide. This trend setting dog is set to be the next big thing.
For the first 35 years of his life, Jim Koch's family history and his future career lay in the attic of his parent's house. Jim's father Charles Koch, a fifth generation brewer, had left the business but kept the old family beer archives upstairs in an old trunk. The recipes hadn't been used since the Louis Koch brewery closed during Prohibition and when American tastes went away from full flavored beers.
Since 1984, our mission has been to brew distinctive, flavorful beers. Through continued innovation and exploration we’ve introduced beer drinkers to new flavors — whether capturing the essence of a season or pushing the boundaries of brewing. Why? One simple reason — for the love of beer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Kentucky, Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company is the only combination brewery and distillery in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and one of only a few in the world. Their Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is currently distributed to 14 states and 5 countries, making it one of the largest barrel aging programs for beer in existence. Town Branch Distillery was opened and added to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in 2012 and the brewery added a new canning line in early 2013. Tours and tastings at the Lexington brewery and distillery are available daily until 4pm.
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.
St. Louis, MO
Brewing for nearly two decades, Morgan Street Brewery is a craft microbrewery that hand-crafts 1,400 barrels of their own distinctive beer. We produce styles in every color spectrum, including Honey Wheat, Maibock, and Oatmeal Stout. We also brew seasonal beers that compliment the changing St. Louis seasons.
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.
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.
Open since 2007 under the leadership of head brewer and owner, Anthony Canecchia, SanTan Brewing Company has established a strong reputation as Arizona’s favorite craft beer. In addition to brewing, SanTan features a friendly neighborhood brewpub in Downtown Chandler, which has quickly become one of the top local food and beer destinations in the East Valley.
In 2009, SanTan Brewing began distributing their core and seasonal brews throughout the state of Arizona, operating with a mission to pair craft beer with craft food that would inspire great conversation and good times. The brewpub and SanTan beers have won numerous national and statewide awards including a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, a gold medal at the 2012 US Open Beer Championships and 2011 Best Brewery in Arizona, selected by the Phoenix New Times.
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.
While some historical records indicate Sixpoint Brewery was founded in 2004, the real birth of Sixpoint begins at the dawn of civilization. That is when the earliest societies began cultivating cereal grains to make fermented beverages, and the desire for excellence in the craft of brewing was forged. Even during the earliest civilizations, rich iconography had adorned various brewing vessels, and pictographs depicting the craft of brewing were rife with symbolism. One symbol has transcended and survived throughout the ages - the Sixpoint Brewers' star.
The shimmering light of the Brewer's star started to shine once again in 2004 with its reincarnation as "Sixpoint Craft Ales." This is when the Sixpoint Brew Crew not only resurrected the Sixpoint Brewers' Star, but also breathed life into a patchwork of brewing equipment within an 800 square foot garage in a then-dilapidated neighborhood of Brooklyn, NYC called Red Hook. The original creations of Sixpoint Craft Ales were a mash-up of professional brewing experiences, global brewery influences, and unbridled homebrew proliferation. Out of this modest maritime enclave hundreds of delicious craft brews were concocted and disseminated, and the star had been reborn.
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.
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.