Bootlegger’s Brewery grew out of the local craft beer community and has remained focused on purveying the highest quality beer to our neighbors. We believe fresh local beer builds a stronger community. Opening out first tasting room in Fullerton, California in 2006 was always the dream of our patriarch Aaron Barkenhagen. We have firmly followed our motto of “Drink Fresh, Drink Local” by opening two new tasting rooms in Redlands and Costa Mesa.
WHERE WE STARTED
In 2006, Aaron, the founder, realized he had an opportunity to transform his long time hobby of homebrewing into a viable business while taking an Entrepreneurship class at California State University of Fullerton. He set about honing his business plan and pitched it to a class panel. Before he knew it, he had leased a small 1800 square foot building, purchased a 7-barrel brewhouse, and was well on his way in building Fullerton’s first production brewery. In April 2008, after over a year of construction, Bootlegger’s Brewery opened and sold its first keg to a well known neighborhood bar in Downtown Fullerton.