San Leandro, California

The foundation for Drake’s was laid on a Friday. In 1989, Roger Lind decided to henceforth celebrate the start of every weekend with friends, a barbecue and his home-brewed beers. This weekly barbecue quickly gained great fame among beer geeks in San Leandro. Driven by this success, Lind decided to buy some brew kettles. And so Lind Brewing Company was born.

Years later, the brewery changed its name to Drake’s: named after the notorious English pirate Sir Francis Drakes. The increasing demand for beers gave rise to the steady growth of the brewery. Initially the beers were only available in barrels. After Drake’s started bottling its beers as well, international recognition came quickly. The brewery won a gold medal for its IPA at the prestigious Great American Beer Festival.

Drake’s is always expanding. But despite the increase in production the brewery cannot compete with its growing popularity. Drake’s highly recognized beers are therefore not available on a large scale and have an absolute cult status.