Linsey Hamacher and Trevor Rogers launched de Garde in 2013. Their wild ales attracted a following almost instantly. In the article, I discuss why they chose Tillamook, why their beers have been in short supply and why it was struggle to get the business off the ground..
|Trevor and his coolship|
The thing is, Trevor and Linsey tried their hand at limited distribution early on, That's what helped rev up interest in Portland and around the Northwest. But they had to pull back because they could barely make enough beer to meet the demand in their tasting room. When people drive to Tillamook hoping to buy your beer, you don't want to hang them out to dry.
|Barrels occupy most of the space|
These guys surely would have been well-advised to produce time-intensive wild beers alongside a standard lineup, as they do at Russian River and other places. Funding would have been easier and profits would have come sooner. But the focus at de Garde, outside some forays into standard styles early on, has been wild beer.
|The de Garde crew|
The elephant in the living room (not addressed in the article) is the future of wild beer. These beers have become wildly (haha) popular over a relatively short period of time. Some believe part of their appeal is that they are rare and expensive. Could it all come tumbling down? Time will tell. For now, joints that make decent wild beers are selling all they can produce.
There's a whole lot more about de Garde in the BeerAdvocate article, which you'll have to search out if you don't subscribe. I'm told the magazine's content will soon be available in some sort of online format, but that hasn't yet happened and I'm not sure when it will.
Update (4/16): The online version of the article is here, at last.