The Breweries Behind Trader Joe’s Beer


From the Chicago Desk:

Shop at Trader Joe’s? Peruse the wine section? How about the beer? Of course you do. You’re not an idiot and Trader Joe’s has an array of reasonably priced and delicious selections for you to choose from. In Chicago, it’d be a rare occasion to peek into my basket and not see a bottle of Nobilo or 4-pack of Daisy Cutter. But have you ever stopped to check out the Trader Joe’s brands of beer? Well, you should definitely start!

Thanks to French Oak, we now have a list of breweries behind Trader Jose’s and Simpler Times… and they ain’t bad. (Apparently Trader Joe’s and Firestone Walkers contract ended, so be sure to grab Mission Street if you can!)

Gordon Biersch (San Francisco, CA) makes:

Joesphs Brau Label

  • Dunkelweizen
  • Hopfest German Style Pilsner
  • Oktoberfest
  • Summer Brew
  • Winterfest

Trader Joe’s Label

  • Bavarian Style Hefewietzen
  • Bohemian Lager
  • Hofbrau Bock
  • Vienna Style Lager
  • Winterfest Dark Doublebock Lager

Trader José Label

  • Premium Lager
  • Light Lager
  • Dark Lager

Goose Island (Chicago, IL) makes:

  • Black Toad Dark Ale
  • Stockyard Oatmeal Stout

Firestone-Walker (Paso Robles, CA) makes:

  • Mission St. Pale Ale
  • Mission St.  IPA
  • Mission St. Hefeweizen
  • Mission St. Brown Ale
  • Mission St. Blonde Ale
  • Fat Weasel Ale
  • Jumping Cow Amber Ale
  • Frugal Joe’s Ordinary Beer
  • Gila Monster Amber Lager

Minhas Craft Brewery (Monroe, WI) makes:

  • Simpler Times Lager
  • Simpler Times Pilsner
  • Red Oval

Shipyard Brewing Company (Portland, ME) makes:

  • Kennebunkport Apricot Wheat
    Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat
    Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale

Unibroue (Chambly, QC) makes:

  • Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale
(Pic from Trader Joe’s, naturally)