The road to BBC started when Pat Hagan set off to California in the 80s. Motivated by a restless need for adventure, he hitchhiked back and forth across the country several times, always returning to California or Kentuckiana. While on the West Coast, he was introduced to craft brewed beers (San Jose is about an hour south of Chico, home to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company) and developed a love and passion for the “hoppy” beers of California.
Pat eventually came home to settle in the Kentuckiana area, but returned to California many times to visit friends and drink the great beers brewed there. Eager to learn the brewing process, he attended an intensive brewing course at Sieble Institute in Chicago and soon starting to think beyond home brewing. Recognizing the time was right to open a brewpub in Louisville, he convinced his father, Monte Hagan, to partner with him and in November of 1993 they opened the original Bluegrass Brewing Company, located in St. Matthews.