In the summer of 2015, the dream of Asgard entered the conversation as founding members John and Stephen Porter had a glass of beer in the historic Michigan Brewery Frankenmuth, a destination the pair had made a frequent haunt over the years. After contacting a friend in the brewing business, John with his knowledge of beer and branding coupled with Steve and his knowledge of business and planning set out to to make Asgard a reality.
At the beginning it was a rocky road but fueled by John’s once middle school dream to own a bar themed around his heritage the two set off and met with Ryan Whitaker, after several brewing sessions, the three became friends and partners realizing that they created a dynamic team, each with a different but vital set of skills: with Steve as a long time business owner, Ryan as a brewer, and John as a graphic designer, of course one major thing also tied them all together and that was the love of beer.
Public interest began to grow almost immediately, and within months Asgard was accepting invitations to attend tasting, charity events, and festivals. The future looks extremely bright for Asgard Brewing and the guys look forward to pursuing their passion of brewing great beer and seeking opportunities to positively impact their neighbors and visitors alike.
One aspect we're excited about & extremely proud of is our farm-to-barrel initiative. To this day, there is not a one defining aspect of Viking beer other than they used what was locally available. We have begun work with a local hop farmer, Chris Theiler of Southern Bines in Summertown, TN. We also source all our honey from Middle TN. In addition to honey, there will be experimental beers made with various local fruits of both modern & heirloom varieties. We want to maintain the Viking mentality of using what's available and naturally found in the area.