founded in 2013
Like any other great idea, Yonkers Brewing Co. was thought
of with a beer in hand. From a young age, John Rubbo
and Nick Califano tirelessly helped their grandfathers make
homemade wine. As the two exchanged stories about
crushing grapes, they cracked open a cold beer.
As John & nick cracked open a cold beer, the cap fell off,
the light bulb went on, “Why not just make the sweet
nectar we enjoy so much more?” they asked. The
generations-old tradition of winemaking sparked a fire and
they brewed up a recipe that is now known as their
flagship, Yonkers 914 Vienna Lager.
The two Yonkers natives, John and Nick, spent one summer
in the backyard of John’s parents’ home – yes, in Yonkers – studying the depth and breadth of the brewing process and trying their hand at creating a recipe they enjoyed.
Now that they had a delicious beer, they drafted a business plan we began to build Yonkers Brewing Co.
Located in downtown Yonkers, they want the brewery environment and culture to reflect how they see their hometown and they want it to be a place where the community can come together in a lively environment to celebrate what this city has to offer – culture, entertainment, history and now good beer.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
William Shakespeare once asked, “What’s in a name? That
which we call a beer. By any other brew would smell as sweet.” Or something along those lines.
Why the name Yonkers Brewing Co.? Yonkers is the city where John and Nick were raised and the city they call their
hometown. The two want the brewery name and image to reflect how they see their hometown. A diverse city with so much to offer.
With a growing beer culture, an array of top notch restaurants and a rich history, Yonkers has all the components of a great beer city. John and Nick have planted the roots of the brewery here and are excited to be part of a long list of exciting things happening in Yonkers.
DID YOU KNOW?
Visit the Yonkers brewing to see all of the historic photos
of Yonkers that hang on the walls!
Yonkers” is directly derived from Adriaen van der Donck, a lawyer, scholar, and author who had emerged as a leader of the New Netherland colony and was known locally as the Jonkheer or Jonker.
The Yonkers Marathon is a marathon race held
annually in Yonkers, New York. Founded in 1907,
it is the second oldest marathon in the United States,
after the Boston Marathon. It is held on the third
Sunday in October.
In 1853, Elisha Otis invented the first safety
elevator and the first elevator factory in the world,
Otis Elevator Company, in Yonkers.
Bakelite, the first completely synthetic plastic, was invented in Yonkers circa 1906 by Leo Baekeland.
In 1888, Scottish-born John Reid founded the first golf course, with just three holes, in the United States, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, in Yonkers.
Kawasaki assembly plant opened in 1986 producing the new cars for the New York City Subway and PATH trains.
In 1940, Yonkers resident Edwin Howard Armstrong transmitted the first FM radio broadcast from the Yonkers home of C.R. Runyon, a co-experimenter.
Yonkers hosts one of the nation’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day parades.