Galena was the first mineral rush city in the United States back in the 1820's. It grew rapidly as the regional capital of lead mining, the largest riverboat port north of St Louis, and a prominent brewing town of the era, with nine breweries in the 1800's....see the nine stars on our logo!
Sadly shortly after the prohibition years Galena was left without a producing brewery or local beer label. The last commercial brewery to brew in quantity in Galena was the Galena Brewing Company™ which operated from the end of the Prohibition until about 1938 when it closed its doors.
Warren and Kathy came to Galena in 2003 to own and run the Captain Harris Guest House. It was during this time of hosting the visitors to Galena and sharing the attractions and history of Galena that a desire grew in their hearts to see Galena's brewing heritage returned and celebrated, such that both local residents and visitors would have an opportunity to enjoy some of Galena's brewing tradition.
Kathy was born and raised on a farm in Le Claire, IA, and has an accounting background. Warren was born and raised in South Africa, emigrating to the US in 1997, with an Engineering and SAP management software background.