Gary Fish started Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon, in 1988
Gary Fish started Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon, in 1988
Business to Business
October 6, 2015

Brewery found its recipe for success early on — and stuck with it

Gary Fish started Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon, in 1988 as a brewpub. Today, the beer his national craft brewery produces is garnering awards and fans.

“We have been with Wells Fargo from the very beginning. They were the ones who gave us a loan to get started when no one else would.”

When Gary Fish opened his first Deschutes Brewery brewpub in Bend, Oregon, in 1988, not many people — let alone banks — were familiar with the concept of a “microbrewery.” But when customers tasted his beer, they encouraged him to take it to Portland.

From there, the concept of fresh, small-batch beer caught on, and Gary found he had to increase his production.

Today, the craft brewer provides 472 jobs and is 7.9 percent employee-owned. Its beer is distributed in 28 states and is the largest-selling U.S. craft beer in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.

The Deschutes Brewery facility in Bend, Oregon, employs about 150 people.
Beer has four main ingredients.
Deschutes’ beer is fermented, bottled and packaged at the Bend brewery.
Gary Fish with his Wells Fargo bankers.
The tasting room in the brewery lets beer fans discover Deschutes’ many varieties and their ingredients.
In addition to nine beers made year-round, the brewery produces seasonal and other specialty beers.
Financing through Wells Fargo Beverage Finance enables the brewery to continue to grow, like this warehouse expansion project currently under construction.
Deschutes beer fans can opt to take home their favorite brew in a growler.
The Deschutes Brewery facility in Bend, Oregon, employs about 150 people.
Beer has four main ingredients: water, barley (or another starch source), yeast, and hops. Other ingredients might include sweet orange peel, coriander seed, or brewer’s licorice.
Deschutes’ beer is fermented, bottled, and packaged at the Bend brewery.
Gary meets with his Wells Fargo bankers, Eric Eidler and Mike McEntee.
The tasting room in the brewery lets “beer fans” discover Deschutes’ many varieties and some of the ingredients that go into them.
In addition to nine beers made year-round, the brewery produces seasonal and other specialty beers.
Financing through Wells Fargo Beverage Finance enables the brewery to continue to grow, like this warehouse expansion project currently under construction.
Deschutes beer fans can opt to take home their favorite brew in a portable container called a “growler.”
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