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.