Master Brewer/Owner: Rick Allen

Rick spent years as a investment banker before deciding to start Heater Allen Brewing. Disappointed by the stale, heat damaged European Pilsners that were sold in the US and the lack of credible American Pilsners, Rick made it his mission to make the best Bohemian-style Pilsner possible. He enjoys cycling, collecting and tasting local wines, and is passionate about locally sourced food products. 

Head Brewer: Lisa Allen

Rick's daughter, Lisa, joined the brewery in December of 2009. After living the life of a wine vagrant for a few years after University, Lisa decided to start working for the family business. Lisa transitioned to the role of head brewer in 2017 and one day hopes to judge beer at the World Beer Cup. She enjoys Champagne, hiking, watching British crime procedurals, and, of course, beer.  

Sales, Deliveries, Taproom, Beard:

Patrick Harkins

Patrick joined the Heater Allen team in spring of 2013 after having worked in the wine industry for 10 years in both sales and production. He loves animals, guitars, typewriters, baseball, loves to hike and travel, loves to buy American made products, and unlike his dog, he eats mostly vegan, and eat he does. Although he likes to edit the website, he hates social media with an almost giddy passion. 

 

How the Brewery came to be

When Rick started home brewing 25 years ago, he seemed to have a knack for making good beer.  When the opportunity came up to move away from the banking world, his first thought was to look into brewing. After a short stint at a California winery, Rick decided that a brewery focused around a more niche-oriented product made sense. Before getting licensed, he spent a year working on brewing techniques, consistency, and recipe development. At one point he brewed 14 batches of Pilsner in a row - unheard of for a home brewer!  

With encouragement from family and a number of friends, Rick started Heater Allen in April of 2007. The brewery started with a glorified home-brew system of 20 gallon batches. After the initial success of the brewery a 6 BBL system was purchased and installed in the spring of 2008. In late fall of 2013 a brand new 15 BBL system was installed to keep up with growing demand. Yearly barrel production as of end of 2017 was approximately 1250 barrels.

Where the brewery got its name

Heater is Rick's wife Jan's maiden name, and Allen is his last name. He figures that you should always give your wife first billing. While Rick has little German heritage on his side of the family, most of Jan's family is of German descent. Their daughter Lisa who works for the brewery is a true Heater Allen.