St. George opened as a brewery in Hampton in the Kecoughtan area in 1998. Andy Rathmann (now retired), Master brewer, came on board at the same time and the legend of St. George in beer form was born! Andy has studied across England and Germany, as well as getting a degree in brewing from UC Davis, so he was well-qualified to create the traditional English and German-style beers we have become famous for. Unfortunately, there was a fire on Christmas Eve of 2000.
Our beloved first brewery burned to the ground. Some suggest it was payback – as you see, our namesake is said to have slain a fire-breathing dragon back in the 10th century! Now, we don’t happen to go in for that kind of karmic irony, heck, we just brew beer. But, burn it did.