About Us

You don't have to be in a dead end job to feel like you aren't going anywhere. That's the way we felt before River Horse. We were finance geeks living in a world without soul. Grinding it out everyday for a fee, wearing suits and kissing butt.

Then this brewery chose us...she forced us to ask ourselves, "Is this desk job really how I pictured my life?" We answered that question by taking over River Horse in 2007 and have not looked back. We may not end up as the greatest success story on earth, but at least we had the balls to try. Sometimes, for better or worse, your dreams get the best of you.

Just remember, it's a big world out there and cubicles don't have doors, so you can walk out anytime. Come see us when you can. We are located in Ewing, NJ. Thanks for supporting the cause. Hope you enjoy the beer...

- Chris and Glenn

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Beards that Make the Beer

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Chris Rakow

Head Brewer

"Get to Work"

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Casey Cramer

Head Something

"Not the same as Cosmo Kramer"

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Mike Hilty

Brewer

"It's a lot easier to start the day when you know it will end with Beer"

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Joe Laluk

Brewer

"I don't do quotes"

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Brendan McClatchey

Brewer

"Who's scruffy looking?"

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Matt Antinoro

Brewer

"Who has that many tattoos on their hands?"

The Masters of the Bottling Line

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Dan Haugen

Production Line

"I love the Labeller"

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Pete Maher

Production Line

"Dude..."

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Jon Swales

Production Line

"You can't just warm up crickets"

Best Box Makers in Town

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Kate

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Vivian

"Aunt Viv"

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Beth

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Non-Beards that Push Paper

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Chris Walsh

Owner

"I want 6 giant whiteboards!"

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Glenn Bernabeo

Owner

"Sorry, Glenn is not in today"

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Sara Cifelli

Utility Player

"Everything but the beer, and sometimes that too"

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Brad Quinnan

Warehouse Manager

"Well first you gotta look at it"

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Daisy

Official Mascot

"Don't touch my bottle"

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Maria L. Alavarez

Brand Manager

"Not a sales rep..."

If you take a tour, you'll meet one of us

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Dale Forck

Tour Guide

"Go Kansas City Royals"

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Justin Burrell

Tour Guide

"Great soccer jersey"

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Jackie Immordino

Tour Guide

"This is one of my 4 jobs"

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Kathleen Moore

Tour Guide

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Dylan Bamrick

Tour Guide

"You're weird, that's cool"

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Brian Passafaro

Tour Guide

"Bottle Cap Artist"

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Sean Tomlinson

Tour Guide

"The Karate Kid"

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Deanna Harkel

Tour Guide

"I quit, but not really"

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The Story of the Hippo

Our logo is credit to the ancient Egyptians, who did a lot of cool things. One of which was to become the first beer geeks. While drinking beer and eating dates, they thought, “Hey, Ramsses I wonder what this would taste like if we combined the two?” Innovation. Whenever the brewing process was represented in their hieroglyphics, the hippo was always present.

It represented sustenance and fertility. Sustenance because it was a date flavored malt bomb and fertility, well...

  • Why we do this...

    You want to be able to effectuate change and touch your product and identify something. We get to do that in a very direct basis where if we’re going to do a new beer, everyone has a hand in it. There’s nobody at the brewery that isn’t involved in the tastings and giving their opinion about the samples or coming up with a funny hippo that’s going to represent the beer. Everybody’s involved, and I like that energy that comes from a company where everybody’s going in the same direction. The immediate gratification of being able conceive something and execute it within a relatively short amount of time as compared to, oh, let’s say, a great idea at larger, less nimble company.

  • Goodbye Lambertville, Hello Ewing

    While some nostalgic River Horse fans were sad to see River Horse leave our old space, the change was a GOOD change. It marked the beginning of an exciting new era for this local craft brewery who celebrated their 17th anniversary earlier this year. Without this new space, the brewery would not be able to keep up with the overwhelming demand for their delicious craft suds. And we all want MORE beer, right? Their new location in Ewing will give them the capability to grow from 9,500 barrels per year to over 80,000 in the years ahead! Cheers to that!

  • Quality and Balance

    There should be multiple subtle flavors in beer that makes you keep going back for another sip. Anyone can overload a beer with hops or spices, and more isn’t always better. Less is more. Quality, not quantity. Pick one, because the art and craft in making a recipe is balance.