News Mad River Brewing Sells to Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians

The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians announced the acquisition of the Mad River Brewery, located near Arcata, California. Mad River is a pioneer brewery that was established 1989 by Bob Smith.

The brewery was purchased in 2019 by the Yurok Tribe’s Yurok Agricultural Corporation becoming one of the first Tribal Breweries in the United States, making it a trailblazer in the craft beer industry.

In November 2021, The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians opened The Paskenta Brewery and Distillery, becoming the first tribal-owned distillery in California. With the acquisition of Mad River Brewery, the Paskenta Tribe continues to build its economic portfolio.

“Acquiring Mad River Brewery is another milestone in Paskenta’s commitment to building an economically sustainable future for our tribe and serving as an economic growth driver for our neighbors,” said Tribal Chairman Andrew “Dru” Alejandre.

“Mad River Brewery’s story and mission is exactly what we have been looking for in a business. Practicing the most traditional brewing methods for almost three decades, giving you the Northern California experience every time you raise your glass. We intend to expand this tremendous brand, lead with quality and share with the world.” added Frankie Myers, President, Yurok Agricultural Corporation.

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