Founder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Chico, CA)
Ken Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in 1980, making it one of the first and most successful craft breweries in the U.S. Grossman learned about beer and brewing as a young man, and after three years of studying science and technology at Butte College and California State University Chico, he opened Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in a small warehouse in Chico, California.
The brewery quickly developed a reputation for consistently producing world-class beer—and seeking innovative methods to improve quality. This uncompromising approach continues to yield outstanding beers as well as environmental, social and economic results. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. offers an exciting story of a sustainable and economically successful business. Sierra Nevada's pragmatic, creative approach to problem solving focuses on finding environmentally and socially responsible answers to challenges, while earning a position among the leaders in the brewing industry in terms of both quality and profitability.