How it all started

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Wibby Brewing's Co-Founder, Brewmaster, and proud Colorado Native, Ryan Wibby, learned the science of beer making while studying chemistry at Ithaca College in upstate New York. This was his "light bulb" moment; he immediately fell in love with intricacy of brewing and instantly knew his life calling was to start his own brewery.  

 

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As Ryan began to follow his destiny, he knew he needed some real-world brewing experience. In 2007, he started working as a professional brewer at several different breweries. He gained experience at Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant in Lancaster, Penn.; Ithaca Beer Company in Ithaca, New York; and Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Ore. At all of these breweries Ryan eagerly performed every possible task. From brewing to packaging, working in the lab to washing kegs, recipe development to serving a pint to thirsty customers, he remained committed. While all these comprehensive experiences were valuable, Ryan still yearned for more. Craving in-depth beer knowledge, the solution was higher education in this field. 

 

Ryan was accepted to the VLB in Berlin, Germany. There, he completed the six-month Certified Brewmaster Course and four-month internship with the research institute. This is when Ryan had an epiphany moment and saw that there was great opportunity in the American craft beer market with the combination of traditional German brewing techniques and styles coupled with American craft beer ingenuity and creativity. This exciting synthesis creates delicious thirst-quenching beers in an area very few people had explored in brewing before. Wibby Brewing was founded with the intention to exclusively brew craft lagers that are innovative and unique yet bare a traditional soul.  

 

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Ryan teamed with his great friend and fellow Ithaca College alum, Ted Risk, to start their very own craft brewery. He is a salesman master and has many skills that are needed to operate a growing business. For many years after college he had been managing a health club in Chicago but had a reverence for craft beer. Ted's ability to make everyone smile and want to be a part of the fun is key for Wibby Brewing. Together, Ryan and Ted have both the passion and experience needed to make Wibby Brewing successful.  

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After 2 years of writing a business plan, raising capital, and scouting a location, Wibby Brewing opened its doors Labor Day Weekend 2015 at 209 Emery St in Longmont, Colo. The brewery and taproom are situated on the former truck maintenance facility of the historic Butterball Turkey plant. The renovation of this industrial building has brought new life to a part of town, which was formerly seen as an eye sore. The light-saturated building accompanied by lots of outdoor space has allowed Wibby Brewing to host several noteworthy beer festivals on its own premises. Wibby Brewing has become a significant community partner as we host and raise funds for several local charities throughout Boulder County all the while converting many ale drinkers to the Wibby craft lager revolution!

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Craft lagers are on the rise.

 

Ryan developed a knack for lagers while studying in Germany and realized that the United States was in serious need of a Lager Revolution. The lager brewing process is quite different from what most people are used to — lagers take longer to brew and must be kept at colder temperatures, part of the reason why you see more ales on the shelves. Most of our lagers take 28 days from start to finish (patience is a virtue!) and are made with German malt and American hops.

 Our lagering tanks are named after the 27 Club: Jim Morrison, Pigpen (original drummer of Grateful Dead), Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Fat Pat, and Linda Jones.

Our lagering tanks are named after the 27 Club: Jim Morrison, Pigpen (original drummer of Grateful Dead), Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Fat Pat, and Linda Jones.

Once brewed, they ferment for two weeks in our 30-barrel fermenters and condition for two to three weeks in our horizontal 30-barrel lagering tanks. The horizontal tanks eliminate our need to filter the beer, as the yeast and other solids have more time and less distance to travel to the bottom of the tank.

We are on track to brew 4,800 barrels of beer in 2018. Last year, we exceeded our projections and hit 2,700. We brewed 1,700 in our first year of production.

 Our fermenters are named Respect, Happiness, Compassion, Hope, Love, Peace, Inspiration and Perseverance. 

Our fermenters are named Respect, Happiness, Compassion, Hope, Love, Peace, Inspiration and Perseverance. 

Lagers can hit any flavor profile that an ale can, though a lager will tend to have a cleaner, crisper finish due to the cold temperatures and long maturation times. Come see for yourself and taste the lager rainbow!

 Inspiration and Perseverance. 

Inspiration and Perseverance. 

 

Meet our lager family!

For sales information, please visit our contact page. For media information, please visit our news page.

 
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Ryan Wibby
Co-founder and Brewmaster
Boulder, Colo.

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Ted Risk
Co-founder and Director of Sales
Northbrook, Ill.

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Jack Nagle
Brewery Representative
Washington, D.C.

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Aimee Santistevan
Taproom Manager
Pine, Colo.

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Robin Wibby
Special Projects Strategist
Seattle, Wa.

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Jeannine Heinbuch
Shift Lead Beertender
Aurora, Colo.

Melissa Dole
Shift Lead Beertender
Boulder, Colo.

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Rich Price
Packaging Manager
Golden, Colo.

 

 
 
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Ryan Christner
Head Brewer
Iowa City, Iowa.

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Chris Crowe
Brewery Representative
Cheyenne, Wyo.

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Paul Kascmar
Assistant Brewer
Bradley Beach, N.J.

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Katie de la Rosa
Assistant Taproom Manager
Lafayette, La.

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Andy Riedel
Assistant Taproom Manager
Aurora, Colo.

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Will Kropp
Packaging Assistant
Los Gatos, Calif.

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Lance Lagerquist
Beertender
Tomball, Texas.

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Chris Pinns
Beertender
Norcross, Ga.