Twenty years ago, a new kind of beer took flight from the redwoods of Northern California, helping set the pace for the craft brew revolution. Today, the beers of Nectar Ales continue to blaze trails with award-winning quality, extraordinary flavor and soaring personality.
Nectar Ales was founded in 1987 as one of California’s—and the nation’s—pioneering microbrewers. Leading with its unique Red Nectar ale, Nectar Ales helped blaze the microbrew trail and is today regarded as a true California classic.
Under the founding slogan "The Definition of Great Taste," the beers of Nectar Ales are brewed with all-natural ingredients, including the finest hops and malted barley. At all points in the brewing process, careful attention is paid to craft ales of extraordinary flavor, character and pure naturalness—the achievement of great taste.
Owned and brewed by Firestone Walker Brewing Company on California’s Central Coast, Nectar Ales is ultimately defined its tradition of world-class quality, which resulted in Nectar Ales being declared “Mid-Size Brewing Company of The Year” at the 2003 Great American Beer Festival, with Pale Nectar and IPA Nectar each being awarded the lone gold medals in their categories.
Nectar Ales Head Brewer Matt Brynildson was named Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewmaster of the Year at the 2003 Great American Beer Festival and Champion Brewmaster for Mid-Size Brewing Company at the 2004 World Beer Cup.