Our brewery is located in the heart of down town South San Francisco, Ca. “The Industrial City” orSouth City has been home to many industries throughout its history like meat packing, ship building, and biotechnology. And of recent because of us brewing!
How did we start?
Like many other great American success stories ours too started from humble beginnings in our founder Nick Armstrong's garage. In those days he was brewing 3 gallon extract beers on his stove. He then scaled up the process at 330 Littlefield with a bigger yet still small 2 barrel batch system. The two barrel size was perfect for our brewery because most of our beers at the time were aged in oak barrels.
Since the start we always believe in three key elements to our brewery... innovation, education, and community. We believe that's what sets us apart from others and why we continue to enjoy great success in our current taproom location at 415 Grand Ave.
OUR LABOR FORCE
Born in the backwoods of rural Georgia, Nick Armstrong always had a love affair with anything alcoholic. When he wasn't hanging out with his childhood friends, he was out in the backwoods concocting his own brews. Never having owned a pair of shoes, Mr. Armstrong was told to pick up his rifle and head out west young man to San Diego. Armed only with his half-wit, a 6-pack of beer, and his pappy's shotgun Nick toured the World with Uncle Sam as they visited many aimlessly deserts near and far. Upon Nicks return he married his now wife and moved back east to obtain a public “edumaction” in yeast sex. After six years of making bathtub gin, wine, and ales, he moved to the Bay Area and joined up with “Benny” in his warn down old warehouse. One day while brewing, he was visited by the goddess Ninkasi where she bestowed the secrets of the brew. Today Nick employs these secrets and creates the masterpieces brews you drink at Armstrong Brewing Co., but sadly… he still doesn't own a pair of shoes.
Ben “Benny” Colombo received his education on the gritty streets of South San Francisco. Born Benjermin Albert Colombo, Benny was known as the tough but fair neighborhood enforcer who took care of problems the old fashion way. In his late teens he branched out and became the local “Banker”, helping to finance the "American Dream" for families in his neighborhood. By his early 20's there was no stopping this entrepreneurial beast that had his fingers in almost every business in a 4 block radius of where he grew up. Having sipped his first beer at age 11, by the time he was 22 he had consumed so much beer that it became obvious to him that he needed his own brewery. He spent the next 20 years of his life in search of the perfect master brewer, the idol savant of craft beer – that individual, it turns out, was none other than Mr. Nick Armstrong. Impressed with the sheer strength of Nick’s arms as well as his seemingly endless knowledge of beer, brewing, yeast, fermentation, fracking, donuts, glass wear, and guns - a partnership was born. A partnership forged in the darkest corners of an old warn down warehouse in South San Francisco. That partnership is now called Armstrong Brewing Co.
Jason "The Can Do Kid" Cardoso grew up during the tech boom in the heart of Silicon Valley. Jason made his mark early on as so many entrepreneurs in the Valley did before him by starting his first start up before the age of 2. Inspired by investment shows he watched on CNBC and Bloomberg he decided he was more interested in becoming an investor than an entrepreneur and as such enrolled in B School to learn the tricks of the trade. Always being on the lookout for a new business opportunity, on just a hunch one day while driving home from work he turned down a dark alley only to stumble upon a brewery named Armstrong. Once he found the entrance and entered the brewery he was greeted by two wise guys Nick and Benny! Realizing that they had found the Sun Dance Kid to their Butch Cassidy operation they extended an invite to join the Armstrong team and the rest is history.