Bootleggers is the brainchild of homebrewer and beer lover Aaron Barkenhagen. The brewery was to focus on the local community, as was the plan in 2008. But because of the amazing quality of its beers, Bootleggers unintentionally became a household name far beyond Fullerton. Although the production has since increased, Barkenhagen has remained true to his ideals: brewing unique beers and striving for the highest quality. Even now, Bootleggers works exclusively with local business owners.