Bert Grant's India Pale Ale is representative of Grant's fondness for hops and this definitively meets the IPA profile. As Michael Jackson has written, "Bert was the first to revive the style, initially at 60 units of bitterness. Liberty and Grant's were the basis of the American style of intensely hoppy, aromatic, IPA. Grant's brought back the historic name, and made it part of our beer vocabulary again." Drink one and you're drinking beer history.
Yakima Brewing and Malting Co
Yakima Brewing and Malting Co. began production in the summer of 1982, brewing only eight kegs at a time, in Yakima, Washington, capital of that state's hop-growing region. It was the Pacific Northwest's first craft brewery and the first brewpub in America since Prohibition. It was founded by Bert Grant, known by his peers as the "Dean of America's Craft Brewers." Grant started in the brewing industry with Canadian Breweries Ltd. and then worked at Stroh Brewing in the United States before opening his brewery and pub in a 19th century building that was once home to the Yakima Opera. Grant's death, on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 in Vancouver, BC at the age of 73 marked the end of an era in American craft brewing.