About Gun Hill Brewing Company
It is with great pride that we at Gun Hill Brewing co. are the ones to bring beer making back to the Bronx for the first time since the 1960s, and contribute to the long tradition of brewing in New York State.
By 1810, New York State was home to the largest brewing industry in the country, with well over 400 individual working breweries. Along with brewing, New York was the nation’s biggest hops-growing region, producing the majority of hops in America throughout much of the 19th century.
Today, we get to declare ourselves as part of a new revolution in New York brewing. One that is not happy with the status quo. One that demands more from what they create and consume. And ultimately, one that like it has throughout history, brings pride to New York. With creative brewers working their craft, hop growing returning to the state, and a rich history to draw from; New York is once again staking a claim to its place in the brewing industry.
Here at Gun Hill Brewing co., we’re doing our part by bringing you fresh, unfiltered, handcrafted brews. We use only the best, fresh, local ingredients to create our brews that are not only unique, but have a quality equal to our passion for making it.
We are a local New York brewery, and we are proud of our roots, and our New York brewing brethren.
The Making of Gun Hill
The history of Gun Hill Brewing co, is best described as the embodiment of where life’s chance encounters can take us. The brewery's co-founders, Kieran Farrell and Dave Lopez, met on a baseball field in early 2004. At the time, Kieran was running a men’s semi-pro baseball team, the New York City ThunderDogs. The ThunderDogs were (and still are) based out of Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx, only a short drive from Dave's home. Dave had heard about an open try-out with the team and showed up looking to earn a spot. Lopez not only made the team that day, but also a long-time friend in Farrell. Farrell and Lopez still play on the ThunderDogs, but now Lopez is the one managing the Bronx-based club.
After a decade of taking the field together, Kieran and Dave decided to team up in another venture... making beer. Both Kieran and Dave have had a passion for beer, but admittedly neither were experts in the art of brewing, so they enlisted the talents of an award-winning brewmaster.
With a brewer in the fold, their vision of creating a new brewery dedicated to serving the people the freshest, high quality, local brews was launched. After much planning, research, and the assistance from family and friends, the vision of Gun Hill Brewing co. started to become a reality. They just needed to find a spot...
With New York City’s brewing revolution strongly focused in the borough of Brooklyn, Kieran and Dave decided to use their strong ties to the Bronx to expand some of that focus up north. Getting a location yards away from Gun Hill, the site of a strategic battle of the Revolutionary War, the guys not only found a name but also an identity to match their ideals. While Gun Hill lends its name to the brewery, the values, and personality come from those colonists that dragged a cannon up a hill in defense of their ideals, and forced a British army to turn on it's heels.
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