Its been just shy of a year since I met Brandon Love through a mutual bartending friend. Said friend, the illustrious Jake Koons, asked if I’d be willing to lend my graphic design skills (and more importantly, software) to helping his buddies trying to launch their own brewery.
Of course I said yes.
I learned a great deal about Brandon and his brother, Brett’s vision for After Hours Brewing Company while developing their logo. Both brothers were bartenders and, appropriately, not morning people (oh, I can relate.) Despite their best intentions of waking up and starting their brew days at 10am, they usually got cracking around 3pm and ended up wrapping closer to 2am. Eventually they stopped fighting it and accepted what they were: The After Hours Brewery.
Brett and Brandon are the sons of a homebrewer. It was through their father that they were connected with Friendship Brewing Co. of Wentzville, MO. According to Friendship owner and brewer, Brian Nolan, its all part of being in the family. The After Hours boys brew on site with the guidance and support of Friendship and in turn offer their unique wild yeast brews in Friendship’s taproom.
For After Hours, culturing yeast from the environment is one of their selling points. But they aren’t limiting themselves there. They have a big coffee stout in the works featuring Kenyan coffee beans the Loves imported green and roasted themselves. Looking down the road, they plan to bottle their beers in 550ml bottles and continue expanding their offerings and space
For now, After Hours doesn’t have a true tasting room, just a small space in a small building on Friendship’s property. But nothing is impossible for these brothers. They hope to have their own tap room in the next few years. Keep an eye on their social media pages for upcoming chances to taste their beers at local festivals or visit Friendship Brewing at 100 Pitman Ave, Wentzville, MO