If you’re a beer connoisseur in the Pacific Northwest, you may have heard of Boneyard Brewery. Located in lovely Bend, Oregon, Boneyard has been steadily developing a reputation for top-quality beers such as RPM IPA, Bone-A-Fide Pale Ale, and the deliciously devilish Diablo Rojo.
Owner and brew master Tony Lawrence wasn’t always the owner of a buzz-worthy beer brand. He spent more than 20 years of his life brewing for other breweries, occupying his spare time with of his other passions: snowboarding and working on old cars.
As it turns out, his mechanical aptitude and penchant for delicious brews would end up making his new venture possible.
Over the years, he learned to put his wrench-turning and welding skills to work in the beer industry, gaining experience in brewery fabrication and engineering.
When he and his partners started Boneyard Brewing, they had a dream: to make great beer. However, they had very little in the way of start-up capital, but they knew from experience that most large breweries had boneyards full of neglected brewing equipment.
Instead of simply giving up on starting a brewery because of the substantial costs associated with purchasing new equipment, they went to work resurrecting derelict brewing equipment in a rented facility that they could just barely afford.
It was a struggle for the first two years: creditors were calling and bills were going unpaid. Sacrifices were made, to be sure. But one taste of Boneyard Brewing’s balanced, clean brews will tell you that it was all worth it. And people are taking note. Sales of Boneyard Beers continue to rev up in the upper left corner of the country. Word on the street is that they can barely keep up with demand.
Boneyard Brewing’s beers are hard to miss: they sport labels that give off the vibe of a headbanging heavy metal tour, their metal pipe tap handles look they may belong in an evidence locker, and their beers taste so good that you’d think they’d be illegal.
Thankfully, they’re not, and we’ve managed to get our hands on some. Want to try it? We thought you might. Laughing Planet Cafe often has a tap or two dedicated to this rad brewing company.
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