Sudwerk Brewing Co. was founded in 1989 by Ron Broward and Dean Unger. It was the first and only brewpub in Davis, California until just last year, and was certainly ahead of its time. Ron and Dean were big fans of German beer and wanted to make their own authentic German-style lagers in California. In order to do so, they followed the strict standards of the Reinheitsgebot, the German purity law dating back to 1566, which limited beer production to three basic ingredients: water, hops and barley. Furthermore, they decided to brand Sudwerk as “America’s answer to imported beer.” Sudwerk was one of the original craft breweries in the U.S. and certainly one of the few focusing on German lagers. By 1993, Sudwerk Brewing Co. had grown to be the largest microbrewery by volume in the country and underwent a major expansion just to keep up with demand! After Dean passed away in 2011 and Ron in 2013, Dean’s grandson, 28 year-old Trent Yackzan partnered with his friend Ryan Fry to take over the business. They are “pumping new energy” into the company yet staying true to the founders’ lager-based vision by positioning Sudwerk to “redefine the American Lager” at a time when IPAs are now all the rage.
This refreshing Double India Pale Lager showcases the coveted Galaxy hops, a hard-to-find variety from New Zealand that combines the tang of grapefruit, melon and passion fruit. IPA fans will enjoy this highly aromatic, intensely flavorful lager, colliding on the palate for the hoppiest beer ever bottled by Sudwerk.