In the old wooden barn, time is a guest. Wolves & People, an artisanal brewing company based on historic Springbrook Hazelnut Farm in Newberg, Oregon, is dedicated to the art of true farmhouse brewing, wild ales, and simply great beer.

 

With experience in brewing, winemaking, agriculture, inn keeping, and the ancient art of coopering (building oak barrels), we've been at this as a family for 45 years, carrying on the work of this area's first pioneers, who settled here. Here on the farm, since 1840, hay, hops, oats, wheat, wine, hazelnuts, oak casks, pears, apples, heirlooms, horses, cider (and hard cider, naturally), and some really cool art projects have come to life.  

 

Along the way, we've come to love beer above all. From home brews starting in the mid-1990s to more recent commercial collaboration brews with Odell, in Fort Collins, and The Commons, in Portland, Oregon, craft beer is our heartfelt passion.

Using the art of mixed fermentation, we create, age, blend, and bottle unique, small-batch beers exhibiting the beautiful wildness of Oregon terroir. The result: a bold new family of beers that reflects the bounty of the Willamette Valley.

We are Wolves & People.

Come run with us.

—Christian DeBenedetti, Founder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untaming is Everything. 

This a brewery based on community, risk, and reward. When we were kids growing up on this farm, we played a backyard game of tag on summer nights called Wolves & People, which ended—you guessed it—when all but one fleet-footed winner had been bitten by, and become, a wolf. Which was more fun? 

 

It’s a bit like Grimm’s Little Red Riding Hood: we're taking beer and and flavors into the wild, exploring our nature versus nurture, or our sense order vs. the thrill of disorder. We’ll brewing experimenting widely with the blending of styles, using wild yeasts most brewers (and winemakers) fear. 

 

Then, there’s hops (Lupulus), from Lupus, or wolf (for their voracious growth patterns), which we view with a healthy respect. They were grown here on this land in the 1840s by Bavarian stowaway-turned-pioneer and beer guy Sebastian Brutscher, who named our hometown Newberg after his birthplace, Neuberg on Danau. 

 

Wish us luck! In Italy, there’s a famous phrase for that: In bocca al lupo. Into the mouth of the wolf. The response is Crepi lupo! Perish the wolf! 

We are Wolves & People.

Loners welcome.

 

 

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Loners Welcome.