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River Horse Brewing Company

New Jersey


Offering a diverse, yet focused, line-up of bold, unfiltered beers

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 (including Head Brewer, Chris Rakow), 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.

The Name 'River Horse' 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, so River Horse celebrates this bit of brewing history.

River Horse is known for its wide variety of beers and its generally unfiltered, bigger-bodied, bolder styles. They continue to grow in popularity and we expect nothing but great things in the future of this New Jersey craft brewery. We hope you enjoy a pair of their best known offerings. Cheers!

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Chris Rakow - Head Brewer

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