About the White Squirrel Brewery
Hours of Operations – Tues-Thurs, 4PM-11PM-ish; Sat 11AM-11PM ish; Sun, 10AM-8PM
The first batch of home brew together was crafted by Damon Wilcox back in 1998 and he has really honed his skills over the years. Five years ago he partnered with Jason Heflin and decided to make the brewery dream reality. Not long after Sean Stevens joined the team and they were brewing and scheming all the time to try and get the plan together. They visited 22 breweries in their “research,” Damon hit half a dozen in Canada for us, and Jason even got a behind the scenes look at one in the tiny south Pacific island nation of Palau. A whirlwind visit to the biggest and baddest beer festival in North America was on the agenda as well, the Great North American Beer Festival. We shared pints with some of the great brewers working today, including a sit down with Mr. Jim Koch himself (founder of Sam Adams). We also sampled quite a few beer styles, studied the art of tasting, and finally had our humble plan together.
Damon is quite the celebrated home brewer and has brewed countless styles. Jason’s background is in business development and marketing, and his head is always swimming with ways to build the brewery and add to the concept. Sean was once a head brewer for the Hops brewery chain. He brewed at the Bowling Green location and at the Chattanooga location. Sean also has a background in bar management and he is one of the familiar faces behind the bar in the taproom. Jason has since left the business but Damon and Sean are still going strong and growing the brand.
We brew tiny batches. Very tiny… Which means we can rotate our beer selection often, ebb and flow with the seasons, and most times when you come in you’ll get to try something new and different. Our small size may limit us when it comes to capacity, but one beautiful thing about that is it allows us to serve beer from our friends. We’ll be featuring beer from around the region (Kentucky/Tennessee) and we hope to have the best from those breweries. We’ve visited with all of them and want to support this great craft beer movement going on in the area. And YOU will get to sample all the goodness.
Why White Squirrel?
All the original founders came to Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green Ky from their respective homes to attend school. Bowling Green is known for having a large population of White Squirrels and there are several local organizations with the name. White Squirrels are a part of our community, and we are a community brewery. We brew beer YOU ask us to brew. We name the beers with YOUR suggestions, and we ultimately want this to be YOUR brewery. Community is a big deal to us, and the White Squirrel represents that. Plus, Jason has a funny story about being attacked by a squirrel… but we’ll save that for the next time you’re bellied up to the bar. 😉
GOOD BEER, SMALL BATCHES – THAT’S IT IN A NUTSHELL. WE PRODUCE BEER IN SUCH SMALL BATCHES THAT WE CAN ONLY PRODUCE A HANDFUL OF KEGS EACH BREW. MOST “MICRO” BREWERIES MAKE BEER 30-60 KEGS AT A TIME. SO, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WELL, IT MEANS WE ARE PAYING VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO EVERY INGREDIENT WE ADD. EACH ITEM IS MEASURED OUT TO THE EXACT OUNCE. WE’RE ALSO USING PREMIUM INGREDIENTS. WE DON’T BUY IN BULK, SO WE CAN HAND PICK INGREDIENTS AND GET THE FRESHEST WE CAN FIND. LOCAL INGREDIENTS ARE USED IN MANY OF OUR BATCHES. OUR PUMPKIN ALE FOR INSTANCE, PRODUCED IN THE FALL, USES FRESH, CHEMICAL-FREE, LOCAL PUMPKINS.
WE ARE DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING SOUTHERN KENTUCKY FARMERS, LOCAL BUSINESSES, OUR COMMUNITY – AND PRODUCING GREAT BEER. IF WE EVER BREW A BATCH OF BEER THAT IS NOT UP TO STANDARDS, WE WILL POUR IT DOWN THE DRAIN – THAT’S OUR COMMITMENT. WE DON’T LOOK BACK, AND WE DON’T SECOND GUESS WHEN IT COMES TO QUALITY. EVERY BATCH IS OUR BABY… AND WE TREAT IT THAT WAY. WE CAN’T WAIT TO EARN YOUR BUSINESS. PLEASE STAY TUNED AND WE’LL KEEP YOU UPDATED ON WHEN AND WHERE WE’LL BE OPEN.