“I just really enjoy the process. I’ve always been very inquisitive. It’s just a big fun, science project to me,” says Kevin Driggers.
As Stonehome Brewing Company’s head brewer, Driggers makes whatever he wants.
Like craft beers…
That’s something he’s been preparing for since childhood when he helped his dad at home.
“I was about 8 years old and I had pliers that I was pressing down. I was sitting on the ground capping his homemade beers and stuff,” says Driggers.
His passion for brewing took him all the way from South Carolina to Watford City, home to North Dakota’s latest brewery. Stonehome began serving its first two craft beers last week. On the menu? The Heartless, a blond ale. And the Maah Daah Ha, an IPA.
“We started doing some research and craft beer was really starting to make a move across the country, really. And the state only had at the time, about 7 breweries so we though this would be a good market to get into,” says Angie Pelton, an owner of Six Shooters LLC.
North Dakota hasn’t always been at the forefront of the craft brewing business-
But local craft breweries, like Stonehome, may be tapping the right market.
North Dakota ranks second in the nation, per capita, for most beer consumed.
“Really, just bringing the best product and the best price to those consumers here in North Dakota. It’s definitely an untapped market here,” says Pelton.
And while Stonehome may be venturing into an untapped market, it soon will have plenty on tap.
The brewery’s grand opening will be held Wednesday, the 26th.