Kevin Varner opened the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery in 1995, and he has brewed every batch of beer at the H-G for the last 20 years. He learned the craft of brewing at Hales Ales in Seattle, Washington. Hales is one of the oldest microbreweries in the country, and Hale’s Pale Ale is the Northwest’s first craft brewed pale ale.
Mike Hale opened Hales in 1983, after apprenticing at George Gale & Co. in Horndean, England. Gales Brewery was bought by Fullers and closed in 2006; however, Fullers still makes Gales HSB and Prize Old Ale with Gale’s original yeast strain. The Hunter-Gatherer is one of only a few breweries worldwide to have access and to use Gale’s classic English yeast strain.
Michael Jackson, aka the “Beer Hunter,” visited the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery in 1997. He wrote that the Hunter-Gatherer is “the kind of place CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) members might enjoy. The beer is the hero, rather than the brewery being an afterthought. In the U.S., and even sometimes in Britain, the latter is too often the case.”
Michael Jackson was the best beer writer and critic the world has known. A compliment from Michael Jackson is as meaningful as it gets in the brewery world.
In 2017, the Hunter-Gatherer is opening a second brewery in the Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Owens Field. We will update website as soon as we have a location.
Check out the following links when you have time:
Campaign For Real Ale http://www.camra.org.uk/what-is-camra
Hales Ales http://halesbrewery.com/index.php?id=493
A great 15 minute video of Gales Brewery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zw4bqeyKLc&feature=youtu.be
We usually have 5 of the following beers on tap; plus a cask conditioned ale served straight from one our oak kilderkins- 21 gallon wood casks
A crisp and refreshing beer made with 70% malted barley and 30% malted wheat.
A traditional pale ale – brewed with a balance of English Malt and two class English hop varieties: East Kent Golding and Fuggle.
Inspired by the ales of Hampshire County England. Our extra special bitter is a rich and malty ale made with English malt and hops.
Our interpretation of the famous porters made in London in the 18th and 19th century.
H-G PLAIN X STOUT
Made with a combination of pale malt and roasted barley in three versions: Plain X Stout, Plain XX Stout, Plain XXX Stout
YE OLDE BASTARDE
We first brewed this winter warmer in 1996. The recipe changes every year.
H-G BLACK PATENT ALE
In 1817 Daniel Wheeler was awarded a patent for the invention of the kilning process to produce black patent malt. The malt is kilned to the point of carbonizing and is used along with pale malt and lots of hops the make this ale.
A dark ale with Galena Hops. The beer and the hops are named for Galenite, a mineral that is prevalent in the soils of Oregon where hops are grown.
H-G TRANS-AM ALE
H-G is opening a new brewery in 2015, and a new brewery needs an IPA with lots of hops. All of the hops are added in the kettle, so our beer is not dominated by hop aroma like most West Coast IPAs.
Our original India Pale recipe was changed in 2007 when Dave and Jaime Tenny of Coast Brewing successfully campaigned to raise the alcohol level allowed in beer sold in South Carolina.