It started more as a notion than a true mission - a simple wish to try brewing beer. Santa heard Rick's wish and put a beer kit under the tree that Christmas. The beer that came out of the kit was pretty successful but not nearly challenging enough. That was almost ten years ago now and that little notion grew into a true passion for brewing. With son-in-law, Jon and neighbor, Ron, many hours were spent in the garage outside our home testing their skills and "tweaking" their beers. Family and work obligations and other outside interests drew Jon and Ron away from actively brewing but Rick continued on- and so a true brewer emerged.
Raised in Boone from the age of seven, Rick Srigley spent a share of his youth enjoying what was then considered good beer and he didn't really pay much attention in chemistry class while attending Boone High. Brewing has changed all that. Each brewing session has become something of a scientific experiment and whether or not a beer is good is now determined by more than how it makes you feel. Also known as The Brawn of this operation, Rick has used his carpentry skills to renovate the building and construct the 14 foot wood and concrete bar. He has used his MacGyver-like instincts to invent some of the necessary equipment such as the glycol chiller and the make-shift refrigeration unit for the cold room to help contain costs. Always looking for an honest opinion to help him develop the beers he creates, Rick entered competitions in Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota, and Wisconsin winning several awards along the way. Avoiding the social network of brew clubs and navigating the world of brewing on his own, Rick has been dubbed the "Willie Wonka of Beer" and "the phantom brewer" by his fellow brewers. But stop and talk with Rick about brewing and you will find him very comfortable in a conversation about making beer. Being a home brewer at heart, Rick's brewing friends will also praise him for his willingness to mentor and coach them in their efforts to make better beer.
Intellectual and ambitious by nature, Jon Crook craves enterprise by any definition - be it project, plan, risk, venture or any one of the synonyms for starting a business. Sharing a love of the brewing process, Jon and Rick spent many weekends sampling their beers and dreaming about starting a microbrewery following the model of the breweries they visited on family vacations in Colorado. With Jon's enthusiasm working as a catalyst, a business plan was developed and in late 2010 Boone Valley Brewing Company was born. Serving as Rick's apprentice for major construction is not a new experience for Jon and many hours were devoted to assisting with the facelift at 816 7th Street.
Having a background in Graphic Communications and a skill for marketing, Jon has worked to get the BVB brand out there. Meeting with graphic designers, administrators for Boone's Future group, Boone Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Clubs and various other entities, Jon has endeavored to blaze a trail for the success of Boone Valley Brewing Company. Also knowledgeable and enthusiastic about brewing and the beers of BVB, engage Jon in a conversation about the brewing process and the quality of our beer.
Mother/daughter, wives and supporters- neither one a beer drinker, Danielle and Clare quickly embraced the concept of owning and operating a microbrewery. They have contributed their combined efforts in decorating BVB to create an ambiance that will appeal to beer enthusiasts of all ages and genders. Using their common inspiration for interior design, the 50-seat tasting room was a labor of love and is an eclectic mix of urban chic and upscale social club. True to their gender, Danielle and Clare have taken on the social aspects of the business writing website content and maintaining a social media presence. You'll also find Danielle and Clare serving the brew at BVB and working to get a better understanding and appreciation of the liquid gold (and amber and copper and mahogany) coming to you a glassful at a time.