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Cheers to Craft: Unveiling the Journey of John Rubbo, Founder of Yonkers Brewing Company

Greetings, fellow beer enthusiasts and aficionados! My name is John Rubbo, and I am absolutely thrilled to welcome you to my blog where I'll be sharing my experiences, insights, and musings from a decade-long adventure in the craft beer industry. As the proud founder of Yonkers Brewing Company, I've had the incredible privilege of witnessing and contributing to the exciting evolution of craft beer, hospitality, and everything local that has shaped this wonderful journey.

A Sudsy Beginning

My story began with a passion for brewing and a dream of creating a unique space where people could come together to savor the finest craft beers. The inspiration struck me during my days of making wine with my grandfather, where I found myself intrigued by the artistry and science behind the craft. Little did I know that this fascination would ultimately lead me on a path that would define my life's work.

After years of refining the YBC biz plan, immersing myself in the complexities of craft beer, and working with some of the most innovative minds in the industry, I decided to take the plunge along with my sister and our friend. In 2012, Yonkers Brewing Company was born, nestled in the heart of Yonkers, a vibrant city with a rich history and a community that embraced our vision with open arms.

A Crafty Vision

At Yonkers Brewing Co., we've always believed that craft beer is more than just a beverage; it's an art form that brings people together. Our commitment to innovation, family great beer- and our hometown - can be found in every sip. We wanted our brewery to reflect the spirit of our community and be a hub for creativity, camaraderie, and unforgettable memories. With every pint poured and every event hosted, we aimed to foster a welcoming environment where strangers became friends, and every visitor felt like family.

Brewing Dreams and Challenges

Embarking on the journey of a craft brewery founder was no easy feat. Like any venture, it came with its fair share of challenges and hurdles. From navigating the complexities of local regulations to weathering the unpredictable tides of the market, each day presented new opportunities to learn and grow. But it was precisely these challenges that fueled our passion and commitment to craft brewing.

As the years passed, we not only survived but thrived in an ever-evolving landscape. We were driven by a relentless pursuit of quality, innovation, and sustainability. Our team grew, and so did our family of loyal patrons, all of whom became an integral part of our story.

Craft Beer and Beyond

Beyond the confines of our brewery, my experiences have broadened my horizons, allowing me to gain a unique perspective on the hospitality industry and the power of local connections. Throughout this blog, I hope to shed light on these crucial aspects and share valuable insights that can benefit fellow entrepreneurs, beer enthusiasts, and local communities alike.

Expect to find discussions on craft beer trends, industry insights, the joy of hospitality, and the importance of supporting local businesses. I'll also delve into the exciting collaborations we've undertaken, the rich tapestry of Yonkers' history and culture, and the many ways in which craft beer has the power to transform lives and bring positive change.

Let's Raise a Glass Together

As we journey through the pages of this blog, I encourage you to interact, share your thoughts, and be a part of the conversation. I want this space to be a platform for connection and camaraderie, just like the one we've nurtured at Yonkers Brewing Co.

So here's to craft beer, to hospitality, and to embracing everything local with open hearts and open minds. I look forward to sharing my experiences, my passion, and my thoughts with each and every one of you.


John Rubbo Founder, Yonkers Brewing Company

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