River Horse Brewing Company
Two longtime friends transform one of New Jersey's oldest craft breweries
River Horse Brewing Company was founded in 1995 by two brothers in Lambertville, New Jersey. The brewery showed great promise for many years, but after a while, was in need of new leadership and a fresh branding strategy in order to hold ground in the ever competitive craft beer industry. In 2007, friends and colleagues Chris Walsh and Glen Bernabeo came along and turned everything around. With their guidance, and a team of top notch brewers, River Horse Brewing Company is now one of New Jersey’s top craft breweries.
Chris Walsh and Glen Bernabeo were partners in an investment banking firm with the dream of buying an existing business that needed help. Not just any business though - they wanted a product they could be passionate about, and it wasn't long before they decided on craft beer. In 2007, they purchased and took over River Horse Brewing Company, and haven't looked back since. They were determined to take River Horse to the next level and maximize its potential, and they have certainly achieved that goal.
After taking over the reigns at River Horse, Chris and Glen brought in a group of world-class brewers, they revamped the beer offerings, and designed fresh packaging to reestablish the brewery's presence in New Jersey. The beer quality was now better than it had ever been, and the brand's popularity quickly soared. To keep up with the rising demand, Chris and Glen moved River Horse to a much larger facility in Ewing, New Jersey, in 2013.
River Horse Brewing Company currently offers four year round offerings, five seasonals, and a handful of 'Brewers Reserve' series. The brewery is known for its variety in beers, its higher alcohol volume (Summer Blonde is the lowest at 4.5%), and its generally unfiltered, bigger-bodied bolder style beers.
The name 'River Horse,' by the way, comes from a nickname for the hippopotamus. The ancient Egyptians believed in the beer god, who appeared to them in the image of a hippo. Also, beer is believed to have first been brewed in ancient Egypt. The brewery's name celebrates this bit of brewing history. River Horse continues to climb in popularity and we expect great things from this New Jersey brewery in the future. Cheers!