By S.E. Williams
When Ryan Wicks brewed his first beer about seven years ago, it not only sparked his interest and passion for brewing, it eventually inspired him to open his own brewery.
In 2013, Ryan and his father Brad opened Wicks Brewing Company and became the world’s first distributing brewpub and Brew-On-Premise (BOP) facility. “Not only do we brew and distribute our own beer,” Ryan shared. “We also allow our guests to craft a batch of their own beer using our equipment and ingredients.”
Wicks Brewing has earned respect locally, throughout California and the nation. In the rapidly expanding craft beer industry, Wicks Brewing stands shoulder to shoulder with the most respected breweries in the country and according to Ryan, makes them look at what is going on in Riverside. As Vice President of the Inland Empire Brewers Guild, Ryan is working to make Riverside and the Inland Empire a mecca for craft beer connoisseurs.
Wicks Brewing is truly setting the standard. Its Paladin Hoppy Pale Ale was awarded the Gold Medal at the Los Angeles International Beer Competition for the second straight year.
Although Wicks Brewing has attained business success, Ryan’s most rewarding experiences in recent years are more directly related to the people and organizations in the community he’s been able to help as the business has grown.
“It’s easy to get caught up in your own personal or professional hurdles and struggles,” he said. “But, when you can make a difference in the local community, that is rewarding in a way that no other achievement can compare.”
Wicks Brewing Co.
11620 Sterling Ave, Ste C