Brewed from the Magical Waters of the Clackamas River

Our Story

The Vikings of lore feared nothing, and that was the spirit embraced by Ken Johnson, a hard headed Swede if there ever was one, when he talked his wife, Bennett, into risking their life savings on starting a brewery in the small, rural community of Estacada, Oregon. Luckily Bennett came from equally tenacious stock, and so it was that Fearless Brewing Company was born.

The Johnsons met each other while volunteering in their neighborhood. Ken, who had grown up farming the same Nebraska corn farm homesteaded by his great grandfather in 1878 and farmed by his grandfather and father before him, had moved to Oregon to pursue his love of performance cars. Bennett, who grew up in the countryside west of Eugene, was an executive at a large northwest nonprofit.

The two soon married. At the time Ken owned an automotive machining business and Bennett thought he was working too much. So she bought him a home-brew kit for Christmas. Soon their living room was filled with glass carboys full of fermenting beer. Bennett knew that their lives were forever changed when they had to add a new garage bay to the house in order to accommodate Ken’s brewing.

Ken began entering his beer in competitions, winning medals nearly every time, including the Masters Championship in Amateur Home Brewing (MCAB) which draws serious home brewers from all over the world. The Johnsons took this as a sign and began saving money and hatching a business plan to open a brewery and pub with a rural twist.

Fearless Brewing Company opened its doors in Estacada on June 6, 2003. The Johnsons chose the Viking theme to honor Ken’s Swedish ancestry, hence the Viking names for some of the beers. Today Fearless beers are distributed in Oregon, Washington and Canada.

Everyone asks where the name “Fearless” came from. If you ask Ken (he was the one who actually chose the name) he will tell you it was his childhood nickname. If you ask Bennett she will tell you that you pretty much have to be fearless (or crazy) to open a brewery and pub way out in the sticks and so far off the beaten track.

The Johnsons are grateful to the community, to friends and family who provided support and elbow grease when they were trying to open, and to their wonderful customers. They feel blessed in many ways.

Fearless Brewing Company
326 S. Broadway St.
Estacada, OR 97023
(The center of the brewing universe)
503-630-BEER (2337)

Hours:
Wed - Thu: 4pm - 9pm
Fri - Sat: Noon - 10pm
Sun: Noon - 9pm
Mon - Tue: Closed
Open Monday on Memorial Day and Labor Day
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter

Happy Hour 4-6 weekdays

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