Dick's Brewing Co
A Western Washington favorite, the family owned brewery honors its late founder with a range of handcrafted, award-winning craft beers
Dick Young grew up in Chehalis, Washington on his family farm and would tag along with his father as he tended the fields of barley and other grains. Dick had no idea that his path would stray from the farm, but would follow the trail of barley and the local hops that were also harvested in the region.
He started brewing as a home brewer in 1984, shortly after establishing his first business venture - Northwest Sausage & Deli, a thriving business even today, where Old-World style meats are smoked on premise. When he wasn’t busy handcrafting smoked summer sausage and pepperoni at the Deli, he was brewing small batches of beer in the back. He built from scratch a three barrel brew house (which is still used today as part of the pilot system) to start designing and creating recipes and the beer was so popular among friends and family that he decided to make his hobby a business. In 1994, Dick’s Brewing Company became a reality.
Dick built a 2,100 square foot brewing facility adjacent to the Deli and initially focused on three beers: Dick Danger Ale, Lava Rock Porter, and Pale Ale. Dick’s Danger Ale is still the brewery’s best selling beer, to date! Dick’s Brewing Co. was located next to the Deli until 2008, and over those thirteen years, it grew from 200 barrels in sales in one state to over 3,000 barrels in six states. The brewery moved to its current location in 2008 - an 18,000 square foot brewing facility in Centralia, Washington where there is plenty of room for the growth and the 28 different styles of beer that are now being produced. Dick opened a tasting room at the facility the following year and it is still a favorite local hangout and tourist destination.
Unfortunately, 2009 was also the year that Dick Young passed away. He will always be remembered in every bottle or keg that gets shipped from the brewery, and his vision and continues to live on. Today, Dick’s Brewing Co. is led by Dick’s daughter, Julie Pendleton, and her husband, Dave Pendleton, is the Head Brewer/Brewery Manager. It is their goal to carry on Dick’s dream while staying true to the traditional values of hard work and craftsmanship.
We are proud to share this passionate family brewery with our Craft Beer Club members. Cheers!