Knee Deep Brewing Company was founded in Nevada in June, 2010. For the first few months of operation, Knee Deep was “contract brewing” beer at Mt. Tallac Brewing in beautiful Lake Tahoe and selling kegs exclusively into the Northern Nevada market. A few months later, Jerry Moore (CEO & Janitor) took over, and started to grow the company and get more than “Knee Deep” in a premium craft beer brewery. For the remainder of 2010, Knee Deep Brewing Company continued to “contract brew” and sell kegs in Northern Nevada.
In the first quarter of 2011, the company reached an agreement to lease the former Beermann’s Brewery in Lincoln, CA. During the renovation and startup phase, Knee Deep’s beers continued to be contract brewed in another brewery in California. In May 2011, our first batch of beer was brewed in our Lincoln brewery. Over time we phased out the contract brewing and eventually all our beers were brewed at our Lincoln facility. At that time we had two UC Davis trained brewers operating 7 days a week. At first, our beers could be found throughout California and also in Arizona, Nevada, Ohio and Idaho. In 2012 we had started our “Loading Dock Friday Growler Sales”, where it was possible to purchase a growler of the freshest possible Knee Deep beer directly from the brewery. Growler sales were, as described, conducted at the loading dock.
Knee Deep Brewing’s brews have received several awards; most recently and notably, our Breaking Bud IPA taking the Bronze Medal in the American IPA category at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival. Knee Deep Brewing Company has a rapidly growing reputation and we are becoming known for our unique blends and creative outlook on brewing. We take pride in our reputation and strive to continue brewing outstanding craft beers.
Fast forward to 2017, Knee Deep’s beers are now brewed in our 38,000 square foot facility in Auburn, CA. Our 15 barrel brew house has been replaced with a 40 barrel 4 vessel system. Our 15 barrel fermenters are no more and we now ferment our beers in 60, 90, and 120 barrel tanks. Our year round offerings now total 16 and we also produce special releases and seasonal beers. We also barrel age a limited quantity of specialty beers which are periodically released in our taproom. 22oz bombers, 12oz bottles, cans, and kegs can all be found filled with our wonderful liquid. “Loading Dock Fridays” are gone as well. Instead of standing outdoors (rain or shine) to purchase a growler of our beer, visitors can now purchase growlers, crowlers, bottles, and or cans in our tasting room (which by the way is larger than our previous Lincoln brewery.) Our tasting room offers an unobstructed view of brewery operations, and guests can enjoy samples of our beer while watching us brew, filter or even bottle the finished product. Our brewmaster, Dean Roberts, has been with us for 5 years and is continuing our tradition of brewing only the finest craft beers.
With the end of 2016 upon us, we are actively selling our beers in 25 states. Canada, Australia, Japan, and Singapore have also been added to our distribution network with more to come in 2017. The one thing that will not change at Knee Deep is the quality of our product. We continue to brew great beer and receive recognition and awards both locally and nationally.