Galena Brewery

227 North Main Street
Galena, IL 61036
In historic down town Galena, IL

Our History

About the Galena Brewery

Our mission is to celebrate! We strive to bring back to Galena some of the rich brewing traditions lost over the past 80 years, and to celebrate with our customers the delights of God's gracious provisions of food, drink, song & conversation, in a family friendly ambience. Cheers!

Galena was the first mineral rush city in the United States back in the 1820's. It grew rapidly as the regional capital of lead mining, the largest riverboat port north of St Louis, and a prominent brewing town of the era, with nine breweries in the 1800's....see the nine stars on our logo! Sadly shortly after the prohibition years Galena was left without a producing brewery or local beer label. The last commercial brewery to brew in quantity in Galena was the Galena Brewing Company™ which operated from the end of the Prohibition until about 1938 when it closed its doors.

Warren and Kathy Bell strove to change this in 2009 when they launched a local beer label using beer contract brewed to their recipes in Wisconsin. In July 2010 Warren and Kathy opened their own 10 bbl brewery and pub in Main Street, giving it the same name as the last brewery in Galena, which ends 80 years of brewing drought in Galena.

Come along to the Galena Brewery™ to taste our offering of 12 delicious beer styles and a delectable pub menu made with local ingredients by local folks right here in Galena.

Meet the Owners - Warren & Kathy

Warren and Kathy came to Galena in 2003 to own and run the Captain Harris Guest House. It was during this time of hosting the visitors to Galena and sharing the attractions and history of Galena that a desire grew in their hearts to see Galena's brewing heritage returned and celebrated, such that both local residents and visitors would have an opportunity to enjoy some of Galena's brewing tradition.

Kathy was born and raised on a farm in Le Claire, IA, and has an accounting background. Warren was born and raised in South Africa, emigrating to the US in 1997, with an Engineering and an SAP software consulting background.

Meet the Head Brewer - Troy Bervig

After twenty years in basic research at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Northwestern University Medical School, Troy leveraged his knowledge (and cashed in his retirement) to obtain an Associates in Brewing Technology at Chicago's Siebel Institute of Technology whilst being mentored by the notorius Reverend Bob Kittrell. Since then, Troy has brewed at two production breweries in North Carolina, built breweries in Iowa and New Mexico and now resides in Dubuque.