A little about us:
We (Mike and Greg) worked for the same company and were relocated from the Cincinnati area to Indy in 1995. Soon after, we were introduced to our first Belgian style beers (Chimay, LaChouffe) and have been hooked on good beer ever since. It progressed to the inevitable challenge of making our own home brew versions of the shared beers we loved and with the donation of our first brewing equipment from a friend, we started our beer making journey about 18 years ago. From the beginning, we both found common ground having similar tastes in beer styles which progressed to a shared obsession of trying to figure out how our favorites were made. We both shared in the fun of sharing our results with friends and watching their reactions, which kept us motivated to make more. Now, I think we play to each others strengths. Mike is excited about the technical part of brewing and Greg enjoys determining flavor combinations and fun new things to try. Our joint passion to make fun, creative craft beer coupled with our individual strengths makes a good brewing team that works well together.
It's in the name:
Deviate from the norm is the guiding mantra that we apply to our brewery design, approach and how we create our recipes. Often craft beer is held and judged by standard beer style guidelines, where every aspect is defined and often confined by long standing definitions. And although we can respect the talent to brew a well made beer done to style, we believe that craft beer should be fun and push the envelope of what is traditional. Working from the fundamental foundation of a high quality base beer, one free from defects and off flavors, we like to have fun and deviate to stretch and excite your palate. Whether it's taking classic food flavor pairings and incorporating them into a beer (like our Watermelon Mint Ale or Blueberry Tarragon Ale) or taking classic beer styles and putting fun flavor spins on them (like our Peanut Butter IPA or Hawaiian Imperial Stout with coconut and coffee). All of our offerings will be designed to deviate from the norm and we hope the growing number of craft beer deviants will enjoy them.