Alaska has a rich history of brewing. From the explorers of the 1700s through the Gold Rush, many a thirsty Alaskan has been able to enjoy locally made beers.
In 1986, 28-year-olds Marcy and Geoff Larson reignited that tradition when they opened the Alaskan Brewing Company, the 67th independent brewery in the country and the first brewery in Juneau since Prohibition. Alaskan beers reflect many of the same characteristics of beers that were brewed here during the gold rush era. From the historically based Alaskan Amber recipe to alder-smoked malts and Sitka spruce tips, Alaskan beers reflect Juneau’s local brewing history and innovation.
Black Bottle Brewing
Sean Nook, founder and brew master, grew up in Fort Collins and has continued to dig his roots deeper and deeper into the area over the years. Getting hitched to his high school sweetheart, Erin, 10 years ago, the two have since started a family AND a badass brewery. “Nook”, as he’s known around the brewery, now has his hands full with his two beautiful daughters and the daily operations of the brewery. And Erin, has her hands full with all the above, including Nook.
What started as a hobby some 9(ish) years ago, Sean Nook’s home brewing quickly took over all his free time. With continuous encouragement from family and friends, the desire to pursue his newfound passion, and his wife’s blessing, of course, the garage operation finally became his career. It took hours, weeks, months, and years of hard work, late night brainstorming sessions, and a few beers, to bring it all together, but here it is coming up on three years of being open for business.
Now, beers that once were only shared amongst family and friends at block parties, birthday celebrations, baseball games, and CSU tailgates, are now enjoyed by the masses. A small step toward the end goal of taking over the world, someday…
Black Tooth Brewing
With a humble beginning starting in November of 2010, Black Tooth opened its Taproom doors and brewery with only a 10 BBL brewhouse and Head Brewer/Co-owner Travis Zeilstra at the wheel. Zeilstra himself is a graduate of the Western Culinary Institute and recipient of the “brewer of the year” award at GABF in 2007. This small beginning for Black Tooth quickly led way to future expansions, and in the spring of 2015 the completion of a multi-million dollar production facility capable of producing upwards of 50,000 BBLS a year.
Global Beer Network is the exclusive U.S. importer for six award-winning Belgian breweries, as well as one Czech brewery. We import nearly 60 Belgian beer labels, including the popular Gulden Draak, Wittekerke and Piraat.
Left Hand Brewing Co
Our story started in December of 1990 with a small homebrewers kit. Dick Doore, the co-founder of Left Hand, received the kit as a Christmas present from his brother. According to Dick, “it was all downhill from there.” His obsession with homebrewing led him back to Colorado in August of 1993, where he met up with a former college buddy and soon-to-be Left Hand co-founder, Eric Wallace. It didn’t take the two long to start brewing beer. Dick had been homebrewing for years, and Eric had traveled extensively internationally, seeking out great beers wherever and whenever he could. After brewing several batches that impressed their friends and lucky neighbors, Eric and Dick became more confident in their craft. It was only after drinking quite a lot of really good dry stout that they had brewed, that they had their epiphany: “Let’s start a brewery.”
his is the beginning of your wonderful new, Kung Fu friendship between our brew family and all beer lovers alike. Talk of Melvin began on the California West coast - but the heart of Melvin started beating in the small mountain town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
With big ideas and even bigger barrels of hops, Melvin now takes off in the hands of Co-Founder/Field Hoperative - Jeremy Tofte, Co-Founder/Head Donkey - Kirk McHale, and Head Production Brewer - Dave Chichura. Let’s get to it. Thai Me Up Restaurant, the original home of Melvin Brewing, was already known for its world class beer. Melvin is now expanding from a 3bbl to a 30bbl system after winning two medals at the World Beer Cup earlier this year: A gold in the Imperial Indian Pale Ale category for its 2x4 and a bronze in the fruit beer category for its Chchchch-Cherry Bomb.
New Belgium Brewing
As our aspiring young homebrewer rides his mountain bike with "fat tires" through European villages famous for beer, New Belgium Brewing Company was but a glimmer in his eye. Or basement. For Jeff Lebesch would return to Fort Collins with an imagination full of recipes and a handful of ingredients ready to embark on a whole new journey.
DOUG ODELL’S PASSION FOR CRAFT BEER
started in the late 70’s when he took his first professional brewery (not brewing) job at San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company. He spent most of his time there scrubbing the mash tun. After his time at Anchor, Doug moved to Seattle where he continued to homebrew, perfected some recipes and met his wife Wynne. While honeymooning in the UK, Doug and Wynne were inspired by the many small breweries that were successfully selling flavorful real ale, and decided they wanted to take Doug’s passion commercial.
Sierra Nevada Brewing
We set out with a simple goal: brew the beers we wanted to drink. We started small, with a homebrew shop, a love of American hops and plenty of passion. In the process, we changed the beer world forever. Decades later, we’re still at it, and the passion burns brighter than ever.
Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing has come a long way since opening up in San Diego, California in 1996. We have been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. Stone Brewing is the ninth-largest craft brewer in the U.S. and with our breweries in Richmond, Virginia & Berlin, Germany, we join artisanal brewers across the world in the quest to show the public that there are more…and better…choices beyond the world of industrial beer.