Beer Birthday: Ken Kelley

Today is the 56th birthday of Ken Kelley, head brewer at North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg. Ken is the guy you see at the majority of beer festivals that North Coast participates in, as well as even some of the ones that they don’t. He’s a terrific ambassador for the brewery, and for craft beer more generally, as well as a great person to hang out with. Join me in wishing Ken a very happy birthday.

Then-Triple Rock GM Rachaal with Ken at the Firkin Fest in 2008.

Ken and a colleague, both sporting pink hair, at the Breastfest in 2007.

Ken, who was responsible for the Old Rasputin X Imperial Stout, which was aged in old bourbon barrels for at least nine months, showing off a bottle along with Ruby and Tom Dalldorf at the Boonville Beer Festival 2007.

Visiting the brewery a couple of years ago, Ken with North Coast founder Mark Ruedrich.

Sean Paxton and Brian Hunt with Ken during a SF Beer Week Gala a few years ago. (Photo by Mike Condie.)


  1. Kim and Harry says

    We were going to wish you happy bday today but Jay beat us to it. Harry’s busy getting the 10 taps on the new frigs but rarin’ to see you and Tracy this weekend!! Going to be great!!!

  2. Kim and Harry Graham says

    Hiya Ken,

    Was going to email you happy bday but this is better. Like the photo of you and “colleague”. Remember that day well!!! Hope you have a great bday!!!!!! Many years of great beers!!!! See ya in Nov. we hope!!!!!!

  3. Kim and Harry Graham says

    Happy beerday Ken!!!! Hope you had lots of good ones and made the rounds in Ft. Bragg. Hope to see you and Tracy soon!!! Cheers!!!

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