Our Story

homebrew equipment in a refrigerator
The 1/2bbl fermenter set up in Chris G’s garage.

Best friends since high school, Chris Reigrut and Chris Garner, owners of Halfpenny Brewing Company, share a love of beer that goes back almost as far as their friendship. Even before they met, brewing was a part of their identities. Chris Reigrut grew up in Germany, mostly in Bavaria, a part of the world steeped in brewing tradition. Chris Garner’s great-grandfather was a brewer and distiller in Pennsylvania who had to shut down the family business during Prohibition.

With brewing in their blood, the two started homebrewing together in 1996–first in 5 gallon batches, then with a half-barrel all-grain system. Despite the larger production, they found they barely had a six-pack apiece after fulfilling the requests of thirsty friends, neighbors and family. They were making beer worth sharing!

After many years of dreaming about opening a brewery “someday,” they realized in 2014 that they had a brief window of opportunity between their respective families’ college tuition needs and began planning to “turn pro.”

In early 2016, after almost two years, dozens of locations scouted, and thousands of hours of construction, they finally opened the doors to Halfpenny Brewing Company so they can share their love of beer with the rest of the world.

The Name

In 2014, Chris and Chris realized that they had a short window of opportunity to try to open the brewery-either that, or wait until they were closer to retirement.  Jumping in with both feet, they committed to getting the brewery opened by the time they turned 50 – a “Half Century.” After a while, this morphed into “Half Cent” and finally “Halfpenny.” In honor of their age and with a nod towards their love of traditional English and German beers, they had their name! The best part was, no other breweries were using it.

The People

Chris R

Chris R

Owner / Brewer

Chris is one of the owner/brewer pair of Halfpenny. He's an avid sports fan, decent cook, computer geek, world traveler and loves to try new things. When he's not at the brewery, you'll likely find him taking his kids to their multitude of activities!

Chris G

Chris G

Owner / Brewer

The other of the two owner/brewers of Halfpenny, Chris G enjoys skiing and used to be a runner before opening the brewery. With most of the kids out of the house now, he has been using all his free time to, well, open a brewery.

Jeff

Jeff

General Manager

Jeff joins us with a wealth of restaurant experience, including managing some winery/tasting room/restaurants in the Chicago area.

Robert

Robert

Brewer / Outside Sales & Events

Robert is no longer the "new guy" after joining us from C.B. Potts. If he's not working in the brewery or taproom you'll probably find him homebrewing.

Alon

Alon

Beertender

Alon is one of the original staff from our opening, and was our assistant brewer until other commitments dragged him away. When he's not at Halfpenny, he's probably either making beer at home or spending time with his daughter.

Travis

Travis

Beertender

Travis is a Centennial, Colorado native who developed his love of craft beer while attending school at CSU in Fort Collins. When not at the brewery he works as an Emergency Medical Technician in the city of Aurora. He is also a soon-to-be father!

Roby

Roby

Beertender

Roby joins us after previous experience with a couple of breweries around the area.

Kaiti

Kaiti

Beertender

Kaiti is the newest addition to the taproom!

Chris R

Chris R

Owner / Brewer

Chris is one of the owner/brewer pair of Halfpenny. He's an avid sports fan, decent cook, computer geek, world traveler and loves to try new things. When he's not at the brewery, you'll likely find him taking his kids to their multitude of activities!

Jeff

Jeff

General Manager

Jeff joins us with a wealth of restaurant experience, including managing some winery/tasting room/restaurants in the Chicago area.

Alon

Alon

Beertender

Alon is one of the original staff from our opening, and was our assistant brewer until other commitments dragged him away. When he's not at Halfpenny, he's probably either making beer at home or spending time with his daughter.

Roby

Roby

Beertender

Roby joins us after previous experience with a couple of breweries around the area.

Chris G

Chris G

Owner / Brewer

The other of the two owner/brewers of Halfpenny, Chris G enjoys skiing and used to be a runner before opening the brewery. With most of the kids out of the house now, he has been using all his free time to, well, open a brewery.

Robert

Robert

Brewer / Outside Sales & Events

Robert is no longer the "new guy" after joining us from C.B. Potts. If he's not working in the brewery or taproom you'll probably find him homebrewing.

Travis

Travis

Beertender

Travis is a Centennial, Colorado native who developed his love of craft beer while attending school at CSU in Fort Collins. When not at the brewery he works as an Emergency Medical Technician in the city of Aurora. He is also a soon-to-be father!

Kaiti

Kaiti

Beertender

Kaiti is the newest addition to the taproom!

Chris R

Chris R

Owner / Brewer

Chris is one of the owner/brewer pair of Halfpenny. He's an avid sports fan, decent cook, computer geek, world traveler and loves to try new things. When he's not at the brewery, you'll likely find him taking his kids to their multitude of activities!

Robert

Robert

Brewer / Outside Sales & Events

Robert is no longer the "new guy" after joining us from C.B. Potts. If he's not working in the brewery or taproom you'll probably find him homebrewing.

Roby

Roby

Beertender

Roby joins us after previous experience with a couple of breweries around the area.

Chris G

Chris G

Owner / Brewer

The other of the two owner/brewers of Halfpenny, Chris G enjoys skiing and used to be a runner before opening the brewery. With most of the kids out of the house now, he has been using all his free time to, well, open a brewery.

Alon

Alon

Beertender

Alon is one of the original staff from our opening, and was our assistant brewer until other commitments dragged him away. When he's not at Halfpenny, he's probably either making beer at home or spending time with his daughter.

Kaiti

Kaiti

Beertender

Kaiti is the newest addition to the taproom!

Jeff

Jeff

General Manager

Jeff joins us with a wealth of restaurant experience, including managing some winery/tasting room/restaurants in the Chicago area.

Travis

Travis

Beertender

Travis is a Centennial, Colorado native who developed his love of craft beer while attending school at CSU in Fort Collins. When not at the brewery he works as an Emergency Medical Technician in the city of Aurora. He is also a soon-to-be father!

FAQ

Brewery & Taproom

We sell hot Bavarian pretzels and other snacks. You're also welcome to bring your own or order food from one of our neighborhood restaurants.
Well-behaved dogs (or other well-behaved pets) are allowed outside in our Backyard Biergarten! We always have water dishes available for our non-human friends. Unfortunately, though, regulations don't allow us to have dogs inside in our taproom.
No. When it comes to alcohol, we can only serve what we brew on site.
Absolutely! We have several spaces available for events. Just give us a call or email us and we'd be happy to reserve one for you.
Absolutely! We welcome people of all ages. We have water, coffee and a variety of sodas. If beer and conversation isn’t enough to keep everyone occupied, we have cards and other games, as well a library full of books and magazines (mostly about beer). We also sometimes put on family events, like movie nights.

Policies

Our web store isn't quite ready yet, but when it is we will update this with our shipping policy.
Our web store isn't quite ready yet, but when it is we will update this with our return policy.