About Us- A little Background Story
Willcott Brewing Company came about through a Mr. Beer Kit Sean Willcott received during a Christmas in 2012. It was during that first time of brewing in his garage he discovered his passion for making beer and the love of the science behind it...he was hooked. Sean spent three years at Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis as a corporate engineer only later to return back to Holton in hopes of one day opening up his own brewery.
In 2015, Sean and his wife, Jennifer, purchased an old building off the downtown square in Holton. The building was in disrepair. Hour by hour, day by day, and year by year Sean worked at building a vision that is now in existence today. His land mark defeat on what seemed impossible to do, has now brought the building back to life as a staple landmark within the Holton community.
In 2020, Will Heinen joined our team when he stopped by to check out the brewing equipment sitting on the side of the road. After visiting with Sean, they realized he'd be the perfect fit for what we needed moving forward. Will joined our team as our brewer soon after.
Through the years of construction many friends and family stepped in to help. Great thanks go to everyone who has stopped by and helped, especially Terry Lierz.
On November 3, 2020. Jackson County Kansas voted to repeal liquor by the drink. This allowed us the ability to sell our beer for on premise consumption without the sale of food. Soon after, we purchased the building west of the brewery and started the remodel for our future taproom. We expect it to be open for business on September 25, 2021!
Willcott Brewery prides itself in small town local community and is happy to call Holton home.
History of how things got started!