Humble Sea Brewing Company is a craft brewery founded in a tiny town in the Santa Cruz Mountains, established by three long-term buddies hell-bent on making the world just a little bit better through beer.
Currently found in tap rooms, restaurants, and at events all over Santa Cruz, Humble Sea is set to open a 10-barrel brewery and tap room on the West End of Santa Cruz in Winter of 2016. Humble Sea's upcoming tap room and brewery will be the location for the NOBC judging this year.
Originally designed with a traditional old world pub in mind, 99 Bottles has been a friendly neighborhood gathering place for over 20 years. 99 Bottles offer a staggering variety of craft beer right in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz; from local, hometown heroes, to imported classics.
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company is the first and only brewery in San Francisco to brew certified organic beer. ThirstyBear Brewing Company brews CCOF and FDA certified organic beer, because they care about how the agricultural practices that grow your barley and hops affect out planet. Organic farming uses neither chemical fertilizers nor pesticides. The use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides has numerous, extremely serious, negative impacts on our planet. It is more challenging to brew with only organic ingredients. There are far fewer choices for organic ingredients than there are for conventional ingredients. But they believe it is worth the effort and we agree! They are also the first and only brewery-restaurant in San Francisco to prove its commitment to sustainable practices by passing the arduous Green Certification process.
"Spike Brewing LLC was founded by Ben Caya, a 2012 graduate of UW-Milwaukee with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. We’re proudly located in Milwaukee, WI; the beer capital of the US with a proud manufacturing history. Spike Brewing was started five years ago to make a few extra bucks for Ben’s weekend beer fund. It was a semi full time job throughout college which has grown into a nationally recognized brand with a highly skilled staff working out of our facility in Milwaukee.
What sets us apart from other companies is how we sanitary TIG weld couplers (for connecting valves, thermometers, etc). We do that very specialized welding right here in the USA at our facility. Most companies use weld-less fittings which we believe is an inferior way to attach ball valves, thermometers and sight glasses Weld-less fittings rely on o-rings to create a leak free seal (as opposed to our welds). Weld-less fittings are more finicky to install, have more parts to clean and will eventually need to have o-rings replaced."
White Labs Inc. Pure Yeast and Fermentation team members have been active in the American and worldwide craft brewing movement since the 1980's. The company, which has grown to include offices in California and Colorado, provides a wealth of services to not only brewers but also winemakers, distillers and others in the fermentation business.