pioneering a revolution in non-alcoholic craft beer
Athletic Brewing is pioneering a revolution in non-alcoholic craft beer. We promise to use high-quality, all-natural ingredients to create great-tasting brews for our beer-loving family. We strive to create brews suitable for everyone and every occasion. No matter your motivation, if you want to keep a clear head and drink healthier, we are here for you.
The seed for Athletic Brewing was planted when I was evaluating my life before I was about to get married. As I looked to continue to improve my life through health and fitness, I found one area incompatible with the rest. Alcohol-drenched nights and weekends that resulted in unproductive hangovers and unhealthy meals had no place in a demanding financial career that required 24/7 focus. So, I made the choice to cut alcohol out of my life and I have never looked back.
I still enjoyed going to bars and restaurants with friends, attending sporting events, weddings, barbeques and other social events. With the non-alcoholic options limited (at best) to fit my new healthy, active lifestyle, I was always at a loss for a refreshing beverage that was easy to order and carried no social stigma. The only options were flavorless, watery, metallic in taste and punchlines of decades-old jokes.
The void in the market was clear. I had attended college in Vermont and great beer was a big part of my life. I started market research that evolved into founding Athletic Brewing to focus solely on making a whole platform of delicious, craft non-alcoholic beers for the modern beer drinker to enjoy with friends and family. This required me leaving a safe, stable job in the financial industry to fully dedicate my time and energy to this true passion.
I teamed up with John Walker, a highly accomplished and awarded craft brewer who was brewing at Second Street Brewery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The intellectual challenge and the possibility of including a large portion of the adult population in the craft community drove John to join the team. we decided on Stratford, CT as home base and proceeded to brew over 100 batches on homebrew equipment to perfect our process. Once satisfied, we built the entire brewery around it.
From the start, we plan to offer more non-alcoholic beer variety than the sector has ever known. We welcome you to come visit us at our brewery and tap room in Stratford, the first of its kind in the country, to meet our team and learn more about our mission.
We are thrilled to share this journey to find our best selves with every one of you.
We’re beer lovers at heart
Bill Shufelt: Founder
Long on optimism and short on brewing experience, Bill quit a stable financial job to try to have a positive impact bringing great-tasting craft beer to everyday occasions. The rare sober brewery founder. You can typically find him at a finish line sharing free beers. A fan of every sport under the sun.
John Walker: Head Brewer
Co-founder of Athletic and a talented head brewer who took the leap from a great brewpub in Santa Fe (where he was highly awarded) to take on the intellectual challenge of solving non-alcoholic beer. John's palette is the basis for all recipe decisions (thank goodness it's not Bill's).
Andrew: Assistant Brewer
A talented chemist and graduate of Notre Dame, Andrew saw the potential in Athletic before we opened our doors for business and has since worn every hat in the building. Most likely to find him with a in his hand.
Derek: Head of E-Commerce and Packaging
Derek sacrificed a blossoming financial career to dedicate himself to innovating ways to get fresh beer to your doorstep within days. A former college laxer, Derek is a versatile player for Athletic, and you could see him anywhere at anytime. Sophisticated palette beyond his years.
Liana: Tap Room Manager
Liana's the first friendly and knowledgeable face you see when you walk in. As soon as we first started talking craft beer (and sports) the first time we met, we knew she would take our tap room to the next level. She has a knack for finding supply of hard to get beers and knows the beer landscape in CT as well as anyone.
Pete: Packaging Pro
A veteran of a few highly-loved breweries nationwide, Pete has brought his expertise to getting you plenty of fresh beer, fast. Nicest guy in the business.