AN AMERICAN OWNED & INDEPENDENT BREWERY
Beer Crafted with Purpose
At Hangar 24, we aspire to the highest standard possible. We challenge ourselves. Our pursuit of high-quality craft beer takes us on an exploration. That journey allows us to create joy by bringing friends together while inspiring stories. It is beer that builds community. Adventure also is what moves us, and our beer belongs on that journey. With roots in aviation, there is a yearning for freedom that comes with flight. We like reaching for new heights. The world looks filled with opportunity from up here. We strive for that feeling each day. These were things said and unsaid, way back when, next to the grill, sipping a homebrew, as the idea for a brewery took shape under the canopy of hangar No. 24 in Redlands, California.
FOR THESE UPCOMING
OUR FIRST CUSTOMER
On March 15, 2008, keg distribution began for our friends and owners of local restaurants. Our first paying customers were in the books.
Our barrel-aged beer program is launched with Immelman, a luscious high-ABV porter aged in bourbon barrels. Shortly thereafter comes the arrival of Pugachev’s Cobra, our highly-acclaimed barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout. It heightens our exploration of beer’s far-reaching potential.
Hangar 24 is named a Top 100-Regional Craft Brewery, and set a new milestone, proudly producing over 15,000 barrels of fresh, delicious beer.
Our first expression of our core values – joy, community and adventure – is a soaring success. Part air show, part beer festival, AirFest is now an annual event in Redlands and Lake Havasu City that celebrates flight.
We craft beer designed to create joy by gathering people and bringing out stories. We are more committed to this mission than ever before.
A HUMBLE BEGINNING
Ben Cook, our founder, started homebrewing while studying biology at Cal State San Bernardino. It was the perfect multi-tiered education for a brewer. Ben used his lab equipment and biology skills to enhance his first homebrew kit. The attention to detail and a commitment to quality began here.
THE FIRST FLIGHT
Aviation is about new adventure, discovery, exploration, exhilarating joy, and limitless freedom. Ben traded fresh, handcrafted beer for flight lessons. Soaring to new heights became a literal and figurative goal.
Ben graduated from the Master Brewers Program at UC Davis, which focuses on brewing science and brewery engineering.
Construction on the Redlands facility and taproom begins for what ultimately will become Hangar 24 Craft Brewing. It wouldn’t have happened without the help from friends, family and local flyers.