Brewery Local: Peoria Artisan Brewery

Peoria Artisan Brewery

Litchfield Park, Arizona (Original location)

Population: 5,306 

Peoria, Arizona (Second location)

Population: 162,592


In 1916 as part of the war effort, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company sent executive Paul W. Litchfield to buy up land west of Phoenix to grow Egyptian long cotton that was used to reinforce tires. Paul Litchfield established the headquarters here for the Southwest Cotton Company and this company town was officially named Litchfield Park in 1926.

Among the palm and orange trees that scatter the landscape, nestled in between the miles of pathways and charming sidewalk cafes, Peioria Artisan Brewery's Litchfield Taproom serves up thirst quenching beer to fight the dry desert heat. With a humble nano-brew system and strength from unconditional friendship, something magical caught on with craft beers lovers and locals.  

Less than two years after opening, Peoria Artisan Brewing expanded to a second location. With a dedication to hand-crafting brews without additives or chemicals or other “tricks of the trade” it's easy to see why they have attained such early success. Co-owner Matt Frosch tells us what makes Peoria Artisan Brewing special.

New COA App from Crisp Malting

Crisp Malting Group is renowned for their commitment to tradition, but the UK’s leading independent malting company is a dedicated innovator as well. Now, with a quick scan from a smartphone, brewers can access certificates of analysis for their malts anywhere and at any time. 

Brewery Local: Swamp Rabbit

Swamp Rabbit
Travelers Rest, South Carolina

Population: 4,843

Tucked in between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Greenville, Travelers Rest earned its name because travelers would stop there before embarking on the difficult journey into the mountains; oftentimes spending the winter waiting for the mountain snow to clear. A throwback to a time before traffic jams and chain stores, it is filled with family-oriented businesses that cater to the needs of the community.

Founded by husband and wife team of Ben and Teresa Ellis Pierson, Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Taproom is the perfect place for today’s traveler or local to stop in for a rest. We spoke with Ben to learn more about this unique brewery and town.

Brewery Local: Alibi Ale Works

Alibi Ale Works
Incline Village, Nevada 

Population: 8,777


The small town of Incline Village sits on the picturesque north shore of Lake Tahoe. During the mining boom in the late 1800s, lumber for the mines was harvested from the abundant timber supplies around Lake Tahoe. The lumber hauled up 1,400 feet on an incline railway and then dropped through a gravity flume down the western side of the mountain to Carson City.

Today, Incline Village is an extremely popular vacation destination which means that a significant portion of the population seasonal. But it is also a town of artists. Having more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America, artistry and craftsmanship help mold the character of the town.

As the nation experiences the new boom of craft beer, we checked in at Alibi Ale Works and spoke with co-owner and brewer Kevin Drake.

Customer Profile: DC Brau and Weyermann Barke® Malts


This post originally appeared on the BSG HandCraft blog. 

BSG is the exclusive distributor of Weyermann® Barke® malts to brewers in North America. This heirloom barley once enjoyed the highest reputation among German brewers and was the most widely used barley variety. Barke® brings an intense malt flavor, full-body and helps promote conditions for improved head retention. 

Located on the outskirts of the epicenter of world political power in Washington D.C., the majestic barley fields of Germany combine inside a 1950s industrial building where Jeff Hancock (Head Brewer, President and Co-Founder of DC Brau Brewing Co.) brewed an Oktoberfest formulated with Barke® malts.

Hop Pellet Quality

Willamette T-90 pellets ready to ship

When it comes to hops, there’s no substitute for quality. For many craft brewers, who are typically using smaller lots of a wide range of hop varieties, understanding the pelletization process and importance of pellet density can help ensure optimal results. 

New Managing Director for Crisp Malting Group

Crisp Malting Group, the British maltsters who supply craft brewers across the US via BSG CraftBrewing, has just announced the appointment of a new managing director. Adrian Dyter, currently global category manager at Carlsberg, will succeed Euan Macpherson in the early summer. Euan will be retiring after 29 years with Crisp and a lifetime career embracing the brewing, distilling and malting industries.

Current managing director Euan Macpherson will retire after 29 years at Crisp

Brewery Local: Defiance Brewing

Defiance Brewing Company 
Hays, Kansas

Population: 21,038

18th century Russia may seem an incongruous starting point for a story about a small town Kansas brewery, but when Catherine the Great issued her 1763 manifesto encouraging emigration from Germany, a chain of events became the grist that would ferment over generations and seas into a scrappy upstart brewery in the heart of America.

Brewery Local: Montgomery Brewing

Brewery Local: Montgomery Brewing

Before eating local, shopping local, sourcing local and anything else local was in vogue, there was a time when the distinction did not exist because everything was simply local.  With a tinge of nostalgia, this blog shines a light on some of the BSG customers that sow the seeds of reemergence of the small “local” brewery.

Cheers to 50 years of Maris Otter!

Check out this video from SGA celebrating 50 years of Maris Otter.