In late 2005, Nikos Ridge and Jamie Floyd met at a favorite local bottle shop in Eugene, Ore. Nikos was sampling a beer Jamie had brewed at a local restaurant/brewery and through mutual friends, the two started talking. The conversation landed on the question, “What would you do if you could open your own brewery?” With Nikos’ background in finance and Jamie’s experience in brewing, it seemed like the perfect pairing to start a brewery.The two began brewing about six months later, on June 15, 2006.
Ninkasi—the Sumerian goddess of fermentation—was selected as the name. Since then, Ninkasi has undergone four expansions. Ninkasi’s culture continues to embody “Believe in the Goddess”—symbolizing the Ninkasi belief in an elevated human experience through the social enjoyment and sharing of beer.
Today, Ninkasi Brewing Company is dedicated to brewing the highest quality craft beers in support of culture, community, and the uniqueness of each individual and their passions—while evoking as much enjoyment as possible along the way! We believe in and are committed to sharing experiences that create value for our customers, our partners, and our communities in service to our core purpose: to Perpetuate Better Living. Beer is a staple of civilization. Believe in the Goddess.