The history of Gun Hill Brewing co, is best described as the embodiment of where life’s chance encounters can take us. The brewery's co-founders, Kieran Farrell and Dave Lopez, met on a baseball field in early 2004. At the time, Kieran was running a men’s semi-pro baseball team, the New York City ThunderDogs. The ThunderDogs were (and still are) based out of Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx, only a short drive from Dave's home. Dave had heard about an open try-out with the team and showed up looking to earn a spot. Lopez not only made the team that day, but also a long-time friend in Farrell. Farrell and Lopez still play on the ThunderDogs, but now Lopez is the one managing the Bronx-based club.
After a decade of taking the field together, Kieran and Dave decided to team up in another venture... making beer. Both Kieran and Dave have had a passion for beer, but admittedly neither where experts in the art of brewing, so they enlisted the talents of award-winning brewmaster, Chris Sheehan. With Chris in the fold, their vision of creating a new brewery dedicated to serving the people the freshest, high quality, local brews was launched. After much planning, research, and the assistance from family and friends, the vision of Gun Hill Brewing co. started to become a reality. They just needed to find a spot...
With New York City’s brewing revolution strongly focused in the borough of Brooklyn, Kieran and Dave decided to use their strong ties to the Bronx to expand some of that focus up north. Getting a location yards away from Gun Hill, the site of a strategic battle of the Revolutionary War, the guys not only found their name, but also an identity to match their ideals.While Gun Hill lends it's name to the brewery, the values, and personality come from those colonists that dragged a cannon up a hill in defense of their ideals, and forced a British army to turn on it's heels.
With tanks installed, construction complete, and the sweet smell of hops back in the Bronx, Gun Hill Brewing co. (the dream of Farrell and Lopez) has finally come to fruition. With the brewery's name paying homage to the area's rich history, Farrell and Lopez decided to name one of their beers in homage to their own history. That beer is known as ThunderDog Stout.
the GH Team
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Kieran Farrell · managing partner
Dave Lopez · managing partner