How did it all begin? We hear that often and the truth be told, there was no great business plan or any plan at all, really, just a comment, a thought, an item on a bucket list. In October of 2011 at a home brewers’ gathering held at the farm of Jane and Craig Deitz, Craig planted the seed with a comment to his friend, Brad Paulson, about a desire to have a micro-brewery on Green Bluff. Brad’s response, “I’m in”.
And so it began. With collectively over 50 years of home brewing experience between them, Craig’s background in chemistry and Brad’s expertise in construction, a friendship became a partnership. Over a beer on a snowy winter’s day, Craig drew a schematic of the lay out of the brewery system. With the help of family and friends, construction of the big barn took place in the summer of 2012. As fate would have it, the building of the barn itself inspired daughter-in-law, Camille Dietz, to suggest the name – “Big Barn Brewing Company”. A soft opening took place for Oktoberfest 2012 and the response to a brewery on Green Bluff was overwhelmingly positive. The summer of 2013 brought home brew enthusiasts to the bluff in droves, arriving in cars, motorcycles, bicycles and limousines. Continuing to brew on two nano systems the two home brewers struggled to keep up with the demand, sometimes brewing five batches a week. With the installation of a seven barrel system in early 2014, Big Barn was able to move into full production that summer.
Our goal is to be self-sustaining, using farm produce from the Deitzes’ own farm as well as the surrounding farms, and has resulted in the production of such brews as our Blackberry Porter, Pumpkin Ale and our newest addition, a Cherry Kolsch. With Craig’s original drawing on display in our rustic tap house, Craig and Brad continue to do all of the brewing with their original mission statement always close at heart – to brew the best beer in the world.
Black Dog Stout - Pets, especially great dogs, are wonderful gifts in our lives. At our farm we have Nandi, a black lab and Chesapeake Bay mix. This laid back dog loves life, her family and visitors to the farm. Our Black Dog Stout is meant to deliver that same relaxed attitude to those who fill a mug with this deep, rich chocolate, caramel blend. Add a hint of fine brewed coffee and you can’t help but smile. Thanks, Nandi!
ABV: 9.2% IBU: 28
Fallow IPA - Amarillo and Styrian Golding hops harmonize in this IPA to give a brew with a flavor as crisp as the fresh air on Greenbluff. This well-balanced IPA will warm your pallet with a spectacularly fresh floral hop character.
ABV: 7.2% IBU: 130
Bodacious Blonde - This unique brew is a full-bodied, malt forward summer ale that really satisfies the thirsty pallet. People that are looking for a break from the hoppy beers and are craving something flavorful and malty need look no further than this startling satisfying brew.
ABV: 5.9% IBU: 20
Mead Honey Lager - Farm fresh local honey lingers on your tongue in this refreshing well-balanced lager. Our honey lager is a clean, crisp brew which sparkles and effervesces so as to belie the fact that this, too, is a naturally unfiltered Big Barn brew. Washington 2-row barley blends nicely with cascade hops to make this a unique and exceptional lager.
ABV: 5.3% IBU: 22
Bluff Top Belgian - Belgian is a style based on its site of origin. This Belgian is a bluff top original. Our local farm Belgian captures the same country charm which made Belgians unique. Big Barn incorporates our own homemade golden Belgian candy, both Munich and Belgian malts, and a nice combination of orange zest, coriander, and juniper to spice this wonderful brew.
ABV: 5.2% IBU: 36
Dunn Day IPA – Debuted in the fall of 2012, this single hop IPA is brewed with Centennial hops grown right here on the farm. Crisp and light, it’s a fresh and satisfying way to reward yourself for a day well spent and will make you want to return to the little tap house found at the intersection of Dunn and Day Roads.
ABV: 7.2% IBU: 100+
Strong Oat Stout - If you’re interested in a substantial beer, this is it. Oatmeal and roasted barley harmonize to produce a dry stout that is more drinkable than most. Styrian Golding Hops balance with coffee and caramel notes to produce an experience you won’t want to limit to one pint.
ABV: 6.6% IBU: 28
Strawberry Blonde - In keeping with our motto “we don’t make fruity beer, we make beer with fruit”, our strawberry blonde is a malty, lightly-hopped blonde ale, with a tart, refreshing flavor, made with strawberries grown right here on the farm.
ABV: 5.9% IBU: 20
Rusty Red Ale – In general, the prominent flavor of a red ale is the roasted barley which also gives this beer its reddish hue. Very lighted hopped but is still big on flavor. For someone looking for the middle ground between the lights and the darks, this might be the beer for you.
ABV: 4.3% IBU: 40
Mountain Smoke Porter- A dark, malty porter with apple-smoked grain, this brew is full-bodied and satisfying. It has quickly become a customer favorite.
ABV: 7.2 IBU: 39
Golden Pumpkin Ale –The golden color and character of this beer proclaims fall on the bluff. Balanced with a perfect blend of two row barley, caramelized farm fresh pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and real vanilla.
ABV: 5.78 IBU: 20
Raspberry Wit – “Speak to the earth and it will teach thee”. As we strive to find the perfect melding of fruit and beer, it is the sweet delight of Jane’s canning in the kitchen that delivers our answer. Cane-ripened raspberries from our farm are blended to create the best preserves and syrups, and it is that syrup that goes directly into the boil to give the hint of raspberry color and flavor to this wheat ale.
ABV: 5.25% IBU: 13.3
(Some beers are seasonal and are not available all year round. We add new beers all the time, the best way to find out what's on tap is to come up for a pint.)