PD takes a look at a brewery near you.
San Francisco-based Tate Huffard is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for craft beer. The two typically go hand-in-hand quite well – what better way to finish off a bike ride or a day on the slopes than stopping at a local brewery afterwards? However, over time, he noticed that the “question of a hangover” started to get in the way of the things he wanted to do.
It’s highly unlikely that Strong Rope Brewery owner Jason Sahler envisioned barley and sailboats when he earned his Sustainability degree from New York University. Yet there he was several years later, receiving a delivery of New York State grown barley that had been sailed down the Hudson River to his brewery in Brooklyn. It’s just one example of the unanticipated ways Sahler applies his sustainability background to his business.
As one of Milwaukee, WI’s newest and most innovative breweries, Amorphic Beer resides in an old brick industrial building in the Riverwest community. The building has a long history of housing creative scientific endeavors, including being the birthplace of the world’s first handheld electric drill, post-WWI. The Hole Shooter was eventually absorbed into Milwaukee Tools’ product offering.
“A friend got me a home brewing kit as a congratulatory gift when I left the Marine Corps. And I latch on to new hobbies pretty hard… I never actually used the kit. I thought, ‘I could probably do better than this,’ and I proceeded to spend lots of money on bigger and better equipment.”
How big, you ask?
“I had a 1-barrel commercial system in my garage by 2015.”
Hinterland: (noun) a word of German origin meaning “the land behind”; an unexplored, uncharted area full of possibility, opportunity and adventure.
Founded in 1995, Hinterland is Green Bay, Wisconsin’s first modern-day brewery to emerge from the late 1980s craft beer boom. Founders Bill and Michelle Tressler, who were both just 24 years old at the time, moved back home from a rock band drumming, magazine editing, corporate career adventure in California to open a brewery of their own. They rented an old cheese factory outside of town and bootstrapped their way through startup, nearly burning down the factory in the process. Eventually, the Tresslers and their head brewer Joe Karls moved operations into a turn-of-the-century meat processing plant in downtown Green Bay. The small, charming space worked well enough for Hinterland until 2017 when they got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand. They sold the building and brewhouse to Copper State Brewing Company.
Nowadays, the concept of differentiation in the craft beer industry typically means going to extremes — brewing the juiciest hazy IPA, the thickest fruited sour, or the strongest imperial stout. However, as the newest entrant to the Nashville beer scene, Fait la Force Brewing takes a step away from the ‘hype’ and instead focuses on a traditional style that doesn’t get as much attention – Belgian beers.
Cheboygan, Michigan had a brewery as early as 1872 when the town was an important part of the state’s logging industry. In 2011, that history was rebooted with Cheboygan Brewing Company. A decade later, the brewery is still sharing the past and shaping the future of the community from behind the bar.
There’s a new brewery coming to Denver that will challenge the very concepts of “new” and “brewery.” Backacre Beermakers is moving their operations from Vermont to Denver and bringing along the only beer they produce, Backacre Sour Golden Ale.
If you haven’t yet heard of Moor’s Brewing, then you haven’t been paying attention. While the brewery is only about eight months old, Moor’s is seeing early success and momentum through their ever-growing list of distribution partners, a current residency at Haymarket Brewing and many more partnerships and events in the pipeline.
As a part of the PorchDrinking AleBlazers series, we’re excited to chat with the owners of Funkytown Brewery, Richard Bloomfield, Zachary Day and Gregory Williams! With their opening in October 2021, they became the second Black-owned brewery in Chicago that is currently operating. We discuss the future of Funkytown, how they started working with a brewery incubator, the importance of diversity in craft beer and more!
What if we told you there was a Korean American owned craft brewery making waves in California? What if we went even further to explain that they use Korean inspired ingredients like bamboo, kimchee, Szechuan peppercorn and Asian fruit like yuza? If you find yourself intrigued like we were, then read on to find out more about DOKKAEBIER, a contract-brewery in the San Francisco, CA area.
It’s been nearly a year since it was first announced that Ratio Beerworks had acquired the space formerly occupied by Declaration Brewing. And while a lot of growth has taken place both within that space and with Ratio, three core values still remain unchanged: Beer. Music, Party.
While its previous tenant never seemed to coalesce around a consistent theme, consistency might be the best way to describe Ratio’s second taproom and production facility. It’s still the same great beer the city of Denver has grown to love featuring several fan favorite seasonals such as King of Carrot Flowers, their iconic carrot and elderflower Saison, Major Nights Lime Gose, as well as beloved flagships such as Domestica American Standard Ale, Dear You French Saison, and Hold Steady Scotch Ale, while also featuring a few new entries such as Smoked Helles, a Smoked Lager made with Laws Whiskey and Colorado Malting Company and Sneak Peek, a Hazy IPA produced exclusively for the Ratio’s Overland location.
Cultivate by Forbidden Root is now open in Lincoln Square. This is the brewery’s second Chicago location, which takes over the space previously occupied by Band of Bohemia. The Forbidden Root team has brightened and opened up the space, introduced an updated menu and are encouraging people to get out of their comfort zones with their beer list, in the best possible way. Their menu features elevated brewery food, including a Porchetta French Dip Sandwich that melts in your mouth after the perfect au jus dunk. The beer menu is extensive and unique, mirroring Forbidden Root’s West Town location. Foeder-aged and kviek style beers set this location’s beer menu apart. The team plans to continue to experiment with all the funk, especially with the attached taproom opening soon.
Despite the brewing industry’s significant growth in New York’s Hudson Valley, as well as the City of Hudson’s notable brewing history, there’s a shortage of breweries in town. There’s currently only one. Return Brewing is doubling that figure with their unique operation that includes what they call “Tavern”, “Garden” and “Archive” beers.
DSSOLVR (pronounced “dissolver”) is not a brewery, it is a brand. That brand was built by co-founders, Mike Semenec and Vince Tursi who joined the ranks of Asheville, NC beverage makers in December of 2019. With their eclectic portfolio of genre-bending beers, seltzers and mixed culture ferments, they have made a splash in “Beer City USA” by embracing their tagline, “Brewed until Surreal”.
Nashville’s Walker Brothers Beverage Company has been brewing innovative craft beverages since it was founded in 2018 by Boston-born brothers Luke and Sam Walker. Although their offerings can be appreciated by craft beer consumers, they can’t technically be called beer.
Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora, Colorado, celebrates their Sweet 16 anniversary on October 16 with a huge bash at their North Dock taproom. Naturally the main focus will be the beer, and Dry Dock is rolling out an unheard-of 47 brews of every conceivable style.
Anchorage Brewing in Alaska’s most populous city has been known for its sour and mixed-fermentation beers since opening in 2010, and will soon be adding a new layer to its sour program: a 14 bbl coolship on the rooftop deck of its new expansion. While a new coolship at an American craft brewery is noteworthy on its own, this one is even more unique in being the first all-wood coolship in commercial operation. It was made by Foeder Crafters in St. Louis, Missouri.
You’ve heard of Dad Bod. If you haven’t, it’s worth crawling out of the rock you’ve been living under to grab some. For starters, Dad Bod is back. More importantly, the brewery behind Dad Bod Hazy Lager, Urban Brew Labs, recently opened their first taproom. Since 2018, Urban Brew Labs has been distributing beer in the Chicagoland area. They began as draft-only and have since evolved to offer cans and draft beer to the market. Now, you can enjoy their beers (along with guest taps) at their very own taproom in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.
Dos Luces Brewery, a Denver brewery which focuses on traditional beer from the Americas, is strengthening it’s Latino roots for Hispanic Heritage Month. Co-owner Judd Belstock is brewing two separate collaboration beers with brewers from Peru and Costa Rica. He’s also entering Dos Luces Chicha in Mitad del Mundo, one of the largest beer competitions in South America.