Butte Creek Brewing
A pioneer of the organic craft brewing movement strives to make the purest beers possible
Founded in Chico, California in 1995, Butte Creek Brewing Company was the brainchild of two friends, Tom Atmore and Bill Beeghly. They followed the lead of Chico’s hugely successful Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and decided the city was in need of a new craft brewery. Sierra Nevada’s number two brewer (or Brewmaster) Roland Allen joined the new entity as well, and the first beers for Butte Creek were brewed in May of the following year.
In 1998, Butte Creek made the defining decision of going ‘green,’ releasing its first organic beer, the Summer Blonde Organic Ale. It was one of the first organic beers made in the country! Due to the huge success of the Summer Blonde Organic Ale, and other subsequent organic beers, Butte Creek started moving more aggressively into the organic beer market, and now all of their beers are 100% organically made. The Butte Creek portfolio currently includes a Pale Ale, Porter, IPA, and Pilsner.
To be “organic,” the Butte Creek beers are produced with ingredients made without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents. The goal at the brewery is to consistently produce excellent beers that are true to the organic revolution, encouraging the use of renewable resources, permaculture practices, and the preservation and enhancement of agriculture for future generations. They strive to produce the purest tastes, flavors and aromas possible, showing the true essence of the malts and hops that go into each beer.
In 2010, Butte Creek Brewing Company partnered with Ukiah’s iconic Mendocino Brewing Company and moved brewing operations to a larger, top-of-the-line facility in Ukiah. The partnership has proven to be beneficial as Butte Creek continues to be a leader in the organic craft brewing movement.