Today we’d like to introduce you to Douglas Ledger.
Douglas, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My longtime friend, Tom Davidson and I both come from cities rich in brewing history (Seattle, WA and Fort Collins, CO respectively). When we both came to Arizona in 2006, the brewery scene was underdeveloped. We saw an opportunity to put our 45 years of combined brewery and restaurant experience to work, and opened Scottsdale Beer Company in January of 2014. In three short years, we’ve grown our small operation into the 8th largest brewpub in the state, been honored with a medal at GABF in Denver, CO, and now enjoy a partnership with Quail distribution who sells our beer all over the state of Arizona.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely been a challenging journey. We have a 220-seat restaurant attached to the brewery, and that presents an abundance of challenges itself. In the restaurant business, the margins are thin and hours are long, but Tom and I have an excellent partnership that divides the workload evenly and allows us balance in our lives. Our brewer and now managing partner, Brad Williams, has taken the brewing operation and ran with it. He has experienced incredible success in just three short years, and has done a great job of allowing Tom and I to focus on growing the brand.
Scottsdale Beer Company – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We specialize in IPAs and Pale Ales, which is what we’ve become known for. Our Cannonball Pale Ale won a medal at the Great American Beer Festival this year, which is incredibly tough to achieve, especially as young as we are. We also put a lot of weight behind our community influence, and have raised over $100,000 in three years for Arizona-based charities. We equate success with the amount of positive influence we have in our immediate community, and believe that is what sets us apart from not only other breweries, but from most small businesses.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
So far, raising $30,000 in one day for a local charity called Cortney’s Place has been the highlight for me. Our customer base blew our expectations out of the water, and over 400 people showed up and opened their hearts and wallets to really move the needle for a small local charity. Cortney’s Place assists Arizonans with special needs, young and old alike, and the residents and staff at the center have truly become friends.
- We have the best craft beer happy hour in town, with pints starting at just $3.75
- W shave a huge happy hour food menu with appetizers starting at just $5.00
- Address: Scottsdale Beer Company
8608 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
- Website: Www.scottsdalebeercompany.com
- Phone: 480-219-1844
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @scottsdalebeerco
- Facebook: /ScottsdaleBeerCo