Bootlegger’s Brewery began as the brainchild of experienced homebrewer and beer lover Aaron Barkenhagen. Aaron developed the business concept and business plan while enrolled in the Entrepreneurship program at California State University, Fullerton. The envisioned brewery would be a small artisan brewery supplying the local community and beyond with fresh and unique handcrafted beer.
With the support of family and friends, Aaron continued to lead the development and construction of Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton, CA. It took almost a full year of construction and licensing to complete the small brewery on Richman Ave. The resulting brewery was a humble 7 barrel brewhouse with three fermenters and plenty of space to grow.
After over 2 years of planning and building, Fullerton’s first packaging microbrewery opened its doors and delivered its first keg in April 2008.
While the brewery continues to expand distribution and production capacity, Bootlegger’s Brewery stays true to the original plan; build a local artisan brewery supported by local businesses and consumers while continuing to make the highest quality and most unique beer possible. “Drink Fresh, Drink Local” is the motto at Bootlegger’s Brewery and while there is constant expansion of production and distribution, no matter where Bootlegger’s beer ends up, the brewery is determined to continue to brew beer not far from where it’s sold.