Peak is a craft brewing company, dedicated to making delicious beer using local, artisan and organic ingredients. With roots in home brewing back in the 90s, brewer Jon Cadoux set about combining his love for beer with an ethic for sustainability. Whenever possible, he would go out and find ingredients from local organic farmers for his homebrews. It was a defining day when Jon discovered that you don’t need to sacrifice flavor for sustainability, but that better ingredients actually made the beer more delicious.
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From points distant and beyond we all converged on Petaluma in 1993 and '94 with an unenunciated desire to be more than we were before. The core of Lagunitas came from Chicago, St Louis, Memphis, Walker Creek, and the highlands of Quincy.
The Chicago contingent initiated the brewing and the gravitational effect of its suchness did the rest. We all loved the beer but the mission was larger than the ordinary joy of a hoppy-sweet quaff. It was driven unseen by an urge to communicate with people, to find our diasporidic tribe, and to connect with other souls adrift on a culture that had lost its center and spun its inhabitants to the four winds to wander lost and bereft with a longing to re-enter the light. Beer, we have learned, has always been a good lubricant for social intercourse!
The Lagunitas Brewing Co. was not so much an act of ordinary 'foundling' as it was willed into being by the unspoken desire of supportive beer-lovers in Northern California after whi…
Back in the 1980s, when craft beer was still called microbrew or that weird hippy beer, Mark Irvin fell in love. First, as a military brat living with his family and getting a taste of the rich beer culture of Germany, then as a homebrewer, and then on to brewing for Coeur d’Alene Brewing and Hale’s Ales, Mark fell head over heels for the art and science of brewing beer with character.
In 1993, after years of invaluable brewhouse experience, Mark decided to crack the top on his own small venture, Northern Lights Brewing Company, in his native Spokane. “I could have brewed in Seattle, but I never could have passed up the chance to brew in my hometown and create my own independent style,” says Irvin.
For eight years NLBC made its home in Airway Heights as a production brewery producing primarily draft beer and self-distributing kegs to local restaurants and bars in the Spokane area. In 2002, the NLBC moved to its current location on the Spokane River and began …
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The idea began a long time ago over … well … a pretty terrible beer. You see we (John from NY and Rich from Boston) met in college and had to drink what beer we could afford in those days.
As the years went by, the better the beer we consumed, the more we were consumed by it. We tried every beer imaginable. We read about beer. We talked about beer. We began making our own beer. And finally we started talking and dreaming about opening a brewery on the North Fork.
In the Spring of 2008 the dream became a reality when Rich heard about an old firehouse for sale in the Village of Greenport. Driven by thirst more than brains, we bought the building in the middle of what has been called a Global Economic Meltdown. Next we started the renovation. Did we mention Global Economic Meltdown? We tried to do most of the work ourselves and luckily got a lot of help from some good friends and family.
The promise of beer can be powerful. Our luck continued when …
The Original OKRA Charity Saloon, a collaborative idea from OKRA's founders, is finally open at 924 Congress Street in downtown Houston. Justin Yu, of Oxheart, and other members have anxiously awaited this project for months because as Yu comments, “the bar gives OKRA an outlet to support the community that supports our businesses every day”.
Once open, 100% of the bar’s proceeds will be donated to a different Houston-based organization or social cause each month. Bar patrons will have the opportunity to select which charity is chosen as a beneficiary by voting from among four nominees for next month’s elected charity. For each drink purchased, guests will receive one vote that they may cast before leaving the bar for the evening. The hope is that by benefiting a new charity each month and nominating four for the following, funding will be acquired for elected charities and awareness will be generated for other nominees. The space will also be available for events and…
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