Craft Brewing Company
”Brewing Magic since 2009”

About the Business of the Quarter Award

The City Council honors local businesses
that add value to our community by:

  • Investing in the City
  • Caring for their customers
  • Caring for our community
  • Getting involved                                        

Congratulations to...Craft Brewing Company!

Craft Partners
Owners Kevin Carroll, Kirk Medeiros
and Tim Reagan

Craft Brewing Company started over what else, but a couple of beers with friends Kevin Carroll, Kirk Medeiros and Tim Reagan. Kirk started brewing in 1995 when he received a Home Brew Kit as a gift from his wife, Lee Ann, and soon shared his love of brewing with his friend and neighbor Kevin. They met Tim when they joined the Temecula Valley Home Brew Association and after sharing their home brews for about three years, Kevin had the “bright idea” about taking brewing to the next level. In 2009, Craft Brewing Company was born and became Lake Elsinore's first Craft Brewery.

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Since the day they opened their doors, the partners made a commitment to brew the best beer around.  "We believe in balance, and our Blond Ale is a great crossover (from Coors, Bud, etc.) into the craft world", says partner Kirk Medeiros. Their ultimate goal is to expand the business to sell their beer worldwide.  This commitment has resulted in four expansions (in just four years), and sales growth of 35% each year.  Since starting to bottle some of their beers, they expect their sales to increase by 50% or more this year.  In addition, their most recent expansion and newly purchased equipment will allow them to quadruple their output.

At this time, they are seeking outside investment to further their expansion efforts. In 2013, craft breweries represented 14% of all beer sales and their sales are climbing. This company's future is looking bright.

Supporting the community is also important to the partners.  Each year, they hold an anniversay celebration in which the profits go to a local organization that benefits the community such as "Cops for Kids," their designee the last two years.  They donate their time and beer at many other community events as well.  You'll find them at "Shop for Your Cause" at the Lake Elsinore Outlets or the Rotary Club's "Oktoberfest," and they even brewed a special "125th Anniversary Brew" for the City's birthday celebration last year. As Kirk says, "it's all about giving back to the community."

  Anniversary Celebration

There was never a question about opening their business in Lake Elsinore.  "The City has been really good to us," says Kirk.  "I've been part of this community since 1989 and this is where we want to be."


 Craft Council Presentation
Presented by the City Council on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
 

The City of Lake Elsinore thanks Kevin, Kirk & Tim for giving Lake Elsinore its very first Craft Brewery and for their extraordinary commitment to our community. We will do all we can to help their business grow and thrive in Lake Elsinore.

Craft Brewing Company  
530 Crane St. Suite C
Lake Elsinore, CA  92530
      
( 951) 226-0149 
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 Craft Front   Tasting Room Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Congratulations to Craft Brewing Company, City of Lake Elsinore's "Business of the Quarter!"