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Elderburg, MD

est. 2018




Why 1623?

It’s not a significant year or a childhood home address. It’s not code for a generations-old secret brewing ingredient or the number of ounces in a keg of beer. 1,623 is the number of miles that connect the Maryland home of co-founder Mike McKelvin to the Colorado home of his cousin, co-founder and head brewer Zac Rissmiller.

But the story of 1623 Brewing Co. isn’t only about the miles between us. Or about cousins creating a concept to brew beer 1,623 miles apart. It’s about connecting family—the family we were born into and the family we create—no matter the distance.

It started with a phone call in 2017. Driven by his passion for bringing friends and family together and inspired by the unique kinship and camaraderie he’d seen at another successful family-owned and operated business, Mike phoned Zac with an idea. Bring the family together in an unconventional partnership to build a brewing operation by blending business experience and brewing creativity—connected by 1,623 miles.


A Connection 1,623 Miles Long


After all, they had all the ingredients. Mike has 30 years of sales, marketing, and entrepreneurship under his belt. Zac is an award-winning brewer. Mike’s wife, Sandy, was a business owner with a marketing background. Mike and Sandy’s children, Jordan and Cameron, were in college pursuing business degrees. And, the friends and families of Carroll County, Maryland, needed a place to connect. After nine months of research and several discussions over beers, 1623 Brewing Co. was born. In September 2018, the first 1623 beer was brewed. Two months later, 1623 IPA and 1623 Hefeweizen were on shelves and flowing from taps throughout central Maryland. As the operation continues to expand, the 1623 story is proof that our connection to family can overcome any distance. Cheers to family.

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NameStyleABV%Available SizesRelease Dates
HefeweizenWheat Ale5.6%12oz Can, 1/2 BBL
IPAIndia Pale Ale5.2%12oz Can, 1/2 BBL
PilsnerGerman-style Pilsner5.2%12oz Can, 1/2 BBL
StoutIrish-style Stout5.8%12oz Can, 1/2 BBL