It all started in a garage in the small town of Silverton where five guys regularly got together to make home brew. The salesman of the group thought that their beer was good enough to sell and so began 7 Brides Brewing. Besides the love of home brewing, these guys all had something else in common. Between all of them they only have daughters, seven daughters to be exact. Since weddings are expensive the guys hope to be able to, “sell enough beer to pay for their daughter’s weddings,” as it reads on their site. In addition each one the daughters has a beer named after them, but we will get into that later.

In June I had the privilege to sit down with Jeff DeSantis one of the owners from 7 Brides Brewing. Talking to DeSantis I could tell that he is very passionate about beer and his local community. In fact his mother’s house is across the street from the brewery and their family has lived in Silverton since 1895. You may have heard of Jeff DeSantis before because he is the owner of Hops2u, a supplier of hops to local breweries including Seven Brides, Laurelwood, Calapooia, and home brew shops.

Currently 7 Brides is offering seven beers. Again one named after each one of their daughters. The beers include: Lauren’s Pale Ale (LPA), Emily’s Ember, Oatmeal Ellie, Abbey’s Apple Ale (AAA), Maggie’s Marzen, Weezin-ator, and Lil’s Pils. I really enjoyed the Oatmeal Ellie, an oatmeal stout that with its coffee and dark chocolate hints. The beer is suprisngly light with a dry smooth finish. Another beer to try is their award winning pilsner the Lil’s Pils that is light and crisp. I look forward to their hoppy pilsner coming out soon. Also check out their bottles soon too in limited release.

7 Brides Brewing is truly a family affair. Next time you are in Silverton stop by and get an education on good local craft beer from 7 Brides founders Josiah Kelley, Phill Knoll, Karl Knoll, Ken DeSantis and Jeff DeSantis.

In fact make a day of it and hike to the beautiful Silver Falls and stay at the Oregon Garden Resort.

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  1. steve bell says…

    I can tell you with certainty, if Jeff is brewing, it’s going to be tasty beer!
    All the best!

    Written on September 22nd, 2009 / Flag this Comment
  2. Howie says…

    What a Fantastic story! I also love the name 7 brides Brewing! My wife and i paid for our own wedding! I hope 7 Brides brews enough beer to cover it all! Best wishes!

    Written on July 25th, 2010 / Flag this Comment
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