Barebottle Brew Co
1525 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA (Brewery and Taproom)
2520 Augustine Dr, Santa Clara, CA (Brewery & Taproom - Santa Clara)
Over many years of entering and judging beer competitions, they noticed a simple, but largely unrecognized insight: some of the best, most innovative beers in America are being brewed by homebrewers. That insight, along with
an enduring passion for the craft of beer making, led them to create Barebottle, a San Francisco crowd-inspired craft brewery. Barebottle Brewing Company was co-founded by Lester Koga, Michael Seitz, and Ben Sterling, three friends and former classmates at Cornell Business School in Ithaca, NY. After moving from Ithaca to the Bay Area in 2007, the three began homebrewing, became certified beer judges, and began winning medals at homebrewing competitions. Barebottle brews innovative beers inspired by the San Francisco Bay Area using local ingredients wherever possible, and partners with local homebrewing groups to develop new beers using a competitive method. Lately, they started also to roast specialty coffee.