The story behind the beer...

Meet the four faces behind Fulton. Ryan, Jim, Brian, and Pete discuss their first brews, the birth of the company, and the perfect place to enjoy a Fulton. Also, see Fulton In the Media »

It all started in this
Minneapolis neighborhood garage.

We started homebrewing in a one car garage in a South Minneapolis alley, daydreaming about one day building our own production brewery. Meanwhile, we built a 10 gallon nanobrewery out of some half-barrel kegs and an old bed frame, and moved our operation into a two car garage.

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The four guys behind Fulton

Ryan Petz

We got into brewing not just because we love beer, but because it's a great way to connect with people.”

As president of Fulton, Ryan spends most of his time wishing he was the brewmaster. When he's not doing that, he works on a little bit of everything, ponders the meaning of being "presidential," and somehow always makes time to drink a beer at the end of the day, if not before.

Pete Grande

The first brew I was part of turned out really well. I've been hooked ever since.”

As Fulton's brewmaster, Peter is in many ways the quarterback: he's smart, resourceful, and always in the middle of the action. Of course, as quarterback he's also the good-looking one. As a carpenter by trade, he's also the one who fixes anything that Ryan, Jim, and Brian manage to break.

Brian Hoffman

My favorite thing about brewing is taking a beer from its first trial to getting it exactly how we want it.”

Fulton isn't big on titles, but if it were, Brian's would be the longest, reading something like "Procurement/ Fulfillment/ Events & Promotions/ Facility Manager/ Passionate Local Beer & Food Advocate." Also, Brian's ability to quote every comedy movie and TV show ever has gotten Fulton out of many a jam.

Jim Diley

The best part of Fulton is hanging out with Peter, Brian, and Ryan.”

Jim is a rare combination of the big idea dreamer and the first guy to roll up his sleeves and go to work. Without Jim's ambition and vision, Fulton would likely not exist, though its members would certainly get more sleep. And despite his day job as an attorney, Jim is one of the nicest and most genuine guys around.