Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers both had steady jobs when they decided to chase their dreams and open a brewery. That meant writing a business plan, quitting their jobs and taking out giant loans. They figured if you’re going to live life, you ought to live it hard, without regrets. After some initial challenges due to making well-balanced but unremarkable beers, we were on the verge of bankruptcy.
It was at this point that we decided to brew the kind of beer that got us excited about brewing in the first place: complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics, big body and tons of flavor.