ESTD - 1989

We choose to brew lagers not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because the end result will serve to refresh and bring the best of our energies and skill, because the challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to drink, with others too.

Rooted in traditional German brewing practices mixed with an innovative Californian twist, Sudwerk is focused on creating the highest quality craft lagers known to man. The hybrid beer styles can best be described as West Coast craft lagers. Join us in our mission as we tirelessly work at perfecting our craft and sharing it with you.

Bryan Lairmore - Brewer

  1. First craft beer: how old were you, where were you, what was it, and what did you think? “Something in Belgium when I was 18. It was probably a really kick ass beer that I would have really enjoyed now, but then it was wasted on a little 18 year old who did not quite know how to appreciate it."
  2. Tell us your favorite joke. Anything goes here, it’s your reputation not ours! "I haven’t slept for ten days...because that would be too long. - Mitch Hedberg"
  3. Why sour beer? "Two major reasons: 1. I love the smell of oak. 2. So much rad micro bio that is occurring inside the kettle or inside the barrel. Our entire craft is very science-orientated, but sour beers take that orientation to a whole new, fascinating level."
  4. What is the one creation you can’t stop thinking about, but just seems too over the top? "100% brette wine. Just so many questions."
  5. If Lactobacillus, brettanomyces, and pediococcus were super heroes, who would win and why? "Pedio has to be a super villain because it has "damnossus" in its name. Brette is the super hero lacto is the sidekick. Dream team."
  6. Finally, any idea what beers you’ll be showcasing at the event? If so, tell us a little about each of them: "Probably funke hop farm and pluot is not a planet. 
    Funke Hop Farm was the beer that really got our sour program some recognition. It started as a very small batch Brewers Cut beer that received a ton of positive feedback from our Dock Store patrons, to the point where we had to start producing more. The brette character is just right, the perfect amount a slight citrus and funk, but not to the point of being “horse blanket” or “band-aid”. The saison yeast also showcases a pleasant fruitiness. A definite in house favorite.
    Pluot is not a planet is a sour, wine barrel-aged. I actually came up with the name, first just as a punny suggestion, but then it took off at the brewery. This beer has a definite sour character, but the complexity of the yeast, pluot, and barrel qualities definite shine through in the finish. "

2001 2nd Street
Davis, CA 956183

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