In 2012, husband and wife team Dave and Quynh Rathkamp decided to swap their jobs as physicians and open a brewery. Marble Falls, Texas-based Save The World Brewing Co. received its LLC in January 2013, with construction beginning in early 2014 and finishing with a grand opening at the brewery on Sept. 13, 2014.
When it was announced in 2010, Founders Brewing Co.'s Nemesis was one of the first of many limited edition series of beers that would follow from various breweries, some of which have been extremely popular. However, while it was originally intended to be a yearly release, there have only been two different beers with the Nemesis moniker: the Nemesis 2009—which was actually released in 2010—and the Nemesis 2010, which was also released in 2010.
Wasatch Brewery was started in 1986 and was one of the first craft breweries in the U.S. and the very first in the state of Utah. Greg Schirf is the man responsible for bringing that brewery to Utah, being from Milwaukee he was used to having good beer all around and when he moved down south was shocked to find beer was essentially non existent in the state.
Sustainability, recycling and conservation is a big part of the craft beer culture and one of the many reasons I love the craft beer industry. Beer making is generally a pretty resource intensive process when you factor in everything needed to produce beer on a commercial level. To produce a gallon of beer it takes an average of 5 gallons of water. Extrapolate that to the over 50 million gallons of beer produced in Oregon alone last year and you get an idea of how much water is used in beer production.
Living in California I have access to my fair share of amazing brews but that doesn't stop me from greedily yearning for beers brewed outside my little corner of the country. In my formative craft beer years the words; Founders, Bells or 3 Floyds always had a mythical ring to it. The unattainable fruit from a far away land. Fast forward several years and I still get excited when I get the chance to try a new beer from any of these infamous breweries.
Based in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, Canada, Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! was founded in 1998 and has made a name for itself by producing some extremely good beers with extremely artistic sounding names, and has brewed at least one beer in almost every conceivable style since it opened.
Founders Brewing Co. is no stranger to making great beers - the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based brewery was founded in 1997 by Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers. They are well-known for Breakfast Stout and Kentucky Breakfast Stout, the latter of which only comes out once a year. Sweet Repute is part of the company's Backstage Series, which is a group of beers that are sporadically brewed throughout the year and generally start out solely as tap room and experimental beers. Sweet Repute’s only release was in December 2013.