Brands

Alaskan Brewing Co.

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 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 in Alaska 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.

Angry Orchard Cider Company

Angry Orchard initially launched products as part of a trial run in New England, New York, Maryland, and Colorado. After a positive response from cider drinkers, Angry Orchard's parent company, Boston Beer, took the product national in 2012. In making Angry Orchard, Boston Beer blends “Italian culinary apples from the Alpine foothills with French bittersweet apples from Normandy.” Bittersweet apples are sometimes described as “angry,” and presumably, that partly inspired this cider’s brand name. Sometimes Nigerian ginger is used as an ingredient, and the whole line-up is oak-aged for “optimal complexity and balance.”

August Schell Brewing Company

The August Schell Brewing Company is a brewing company in New Ulm, Minnesota. It was founded by German immigrant August Schell in 1860 and passed into the possession of the Schell family in 1866. It is the second oldest family-owned brewery in America (after D. G. Yuengling & Son) and became the oldest and largest brewery in Minnesota when the company bought the Grain Belt rights in 2002. In September 2010, the brewing company celebrated its 150th Anniversary.

Bell's Brewing Inc.

Founded by Larry Bell as a home brewing supply show in 1983, Bell's Brewery, Inc. sold its first commercial beer in September 1985. Beer was initially brewed in a 15-gallon soup kettle and the company has grown remarkably from its production of 135 barrels in 1986 to over 216,000 barrels in 2010. The brewing company is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a second facility in Comstock, Michigan. Bell's Brewery produces the Bell's brand of beers and also has a brewpub called the Eccentric Cafe which serves their beer and food.

 

Big Bay

The idea for the owners of Big Bay Brewing to leave their jobs and start their own brewery, like most good businesses, started over a couple of beers. During those early discussions, they tried to find common ground on  the type of beers they wanted to create and how they wanted to share their passion for brewing. The beer helped fuel great stories of where they grew up and the early years of raising their families. There was a common thread in these stories that revolved around family outings on the water, usually drinking beer, generating the inspiration for Big Bay Brewing.

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