Owners: Barry Hansen, joined by eight friends and business partners.
The space: Strictly wholesale to start (that means no tasting room), as long as they stay below the annual 60,000 barrel threshold.
What’s on tap: Unalienable Rights, a pale ale made entirely from U.S. grown ingredients, is subtly hopped in three stages to produce a unique flavor with below average bitterness, light citrus aroma and crisp finish. The Berry Amendment is a medium-bodied amber ale with a delicious infusion of mixed berries.
Backstory: Pronounced “hashtag freedom,” this brewery is the brainchild of Hansen, a biomedical engineer currently working in food manufacturing. He started down the homebrewing path while earning a double master’s degree in Australia. His beers were so popular with friends, he couldn’t keep his hobby under wraps. “It got to the point where if I produced any more I would be breaking the law in terms of volume of product,” says Hansen. He assembled his own brewing dream team, made of friends and undergraduate roommates, who all bring a different set of skills, like marketing, Web development and professional brewing. “I wanted to pair up with people from a variety of backgrounds to make sure the business is successful, not just the beer.”
Where you’ll find it: Currently waiting for their licenses to be processed so distribution can begin. “We’ll be self-distributing to independently owned stores, none of the chains,” says Hansen. “We want to go to the smaller spaces that understand our brand and want to sell our brand.”