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.
No. 10 Anniversary: N10 commemorates ten wild and wondrous years of independent brewing in Eugene, Oregon. Crafted with Imperial Stout, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, two Imperial IPAs and Barleywine, these five heavy-hitting beers collide to celebrate one unforgettable decade. Big and flavorful, our N10 blend offers a striking hop intensity followed by a rich backbone of caramel and roasted malt. Enjoy now or save for later, this beer is crafter to change over time in the most delicious way. ABV: 10.0% | IBU’s: 100
Ground Control 2015: Seven Years after we started brewing in Oregon, we decided the sky was not the limit. One year, two rockets and countless lab hours later, we successfully launched a payload of brewer’s yeast not our outer space with the help of rocket scientists. After a much awaited return to Earth, the mission of creating space beer is now complete. Ground Control boldly combines local and out-of-this-world ingredients. This rich, complex Imperial Stout is brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs, and fermented with an Ale yeast that survived a trip to space and back. Mankind will enjoy the sweet finesse of this beer that only fares better with time. ABV: 10.0% | IBU’s: 80
First Rule IPA: First rule of this IPA is: you do not talk about this IPA. Crafted in secrecy by our band of brewers, First Rule uses a fistful of the most sought-after hops around. Juicy, citrusy, tropical and dank, this IPA is a powerful combination of hop aroma and flavor. ABV: 7.5% | IBU’s: 60