Our deep roots, or should we say rhizomes, in the beer world began more than 140 years ago, in the Yakima Valley, when Founder Oliver Brulotte’s family first started working in the hop industry. Oliver himself was a fifth-generation hop farmer with his family farm, A/B Hop Farms, in Prosser, WA. The farm was founded by Oliver’s parents, Ben and Tracy Brulotte, and uncle, Arnold Brulotte. If you look today, you will find that every can of Icicle beer has an A/B Hop Farms logo on it to pay homage to our past.
Before A/B Hop Farms, Oliver’s grandmother, Doris Brulotte farmed hops in Moxee, WA along with multiple generations before her. We are particularly proud of Oliver’s mom and grandmother who were two of the first female hop driers in the industry, which is a special art that can greatly affect the value of hops.
In 2010, with the helpful knowledge and skills of brewmaster and friend, Dean Priebe, Oliver and Pamela created Icicle Brewing Company. Through Oliver’s roots in hop farming and his passion to craft amazing beer, the Brulotte’s opened the doors to Icicle Brewing Company in April of 2011 at our Front Street location in the mountain village of Leavenworth, WA.
Hundreds of beer awards later, in 2019, a new brewery and packaging facility was constructed in Leavenworth to meet the demand for the quality, award-winning craft beers our talented brew crew produces. In addition, a new 5-barrel experimentation brewery was added to our original location downtown to allow for continued innovation and bring more beer varieties to our guests who venture to Leavenworth.
For our shared love of the mountains and the joy of beer, we invite you to our independently owned craft brewery, where we can share stories of our day’s adventures and a cold Icicle beer. Cheers!