The Story of Dirty Bastard

A few years after our Co-Founders, Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers, left their steady jobs to pursue their dream of opening a brewery, they found themselves facing bankruptcy. They had written business plans, taken out giant loans and worked hard to create the kind of beers they thought people wanted. The problem: those beers were good, but they were unremarkable.

With the threat of a failure looming, they risked it all on brewing a beer with big attitude, bigger flavor and a name that lived up to both: Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale.

As Mike often says, there’s something indefinable about our culture here at Founders and it’s all rooted in the story of Dirty Bastard. It’s when we stopped listening to our investors or our self-doubt. It’s when we stopped brewing what we thought people wanted and started brewing the kind of beers that inspired us to get into brewing in the first place. It’s when we decided to live life with no regrets.

When we say “Brewed For Us,” this is what we’re talking about.

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2 Comments on “The Story of Dirty Bastard”
  1. Bob Davn

    Had a pint of Misty Mt Brown Ale and thought it was great. Already a big fan of All Day IPA. Keep up the good and will have do a road trip to western MI this summer to check you out. Bob, New York

  2. Mike Travis

    I am a YUUUUUUUGE fan of Dirty Bastard as it is without any doubt the BEST beer I have ever had the pleasure to taste. Keep up the good work guys. I can’t wait to see what else you can brew now that you are successful.

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