RJ Rockers Brewing Company became Spartanburg's first brewery in 1997, when owner and brewer Mark Johnsen set out on a mission to provide the people of the Upstate with the best microbrewed beer they had ever tasted. Mark, a New Jersey native, had loved brewing beer for his friends and family for years. Following his service in the 1991 Gulf War, Mark was stationed in Germany as a member of the United States armed forces, and he took this opportunity to learn as much as possible about brewing from the experts. By the time he was honorably discharged from the service, he was ready to take his beer to the public.
After five successful years of building a reputation for having some of the best and freshest craft-brewed beers in South Carolina, RJ Rockers made the transition into the microbrewing industry.
Now, Rockers beer can be found fresh and on tap, in restaurants and stores all over the Southeast, brewed with the same flair and to the same exacting standards as before.
We believe in beer, but we are not the only ones. Some of the most devout followers of Rockers beer have been dubbed the "Sons of the Fermentation." These are six of Mark's closest friends who come to the brewery each week to bottle beer. Payroll is easy. Because they love the beer so much, we simply let them drink to their hearts' content. But besides that, they believe so much in this product and what is being created that they want to be involved in any way possible.
That kind of passion defines us.
We Love Good Beer...
Some people ask, "What is the type of place that RJ Rockers tries to sell in?" Our answer to them is somewhere that believes in quality and has a passion for what they do. We understand not everyone drinks beer, but we appreciate those that know good beer. We are not a big beer company, and we don't merit ourselves mainly on huge promotions and large public events (although we are involved). We merit ourselves on beer. Any establishment that recognizes that fact is an establishment we want to be in. We don't want to be disconnected. We want to be right there with the people who drink our beer. Afterall, without them we are nothing.