Named after the physically large noggins of the brewery owners, the Broadhead Brewing company got its start in a basement. Two local Ottawa lads – Josh Larocque and Shane Matte – were dead set on learning to make their own beer. After some early hiccups (who knew you had to grind the grains?) the beer actually starting tasting pretty good. So good, in fact, that Josh and Shane kicked around the idea of opening their own craft brewery.
When two other guys joined the mix – Jason Smale and Jamie White – the basement brewery grew out of control and the jokes got a bit more serious. After a particularly delicious batch of Broadhead beer, the liquid courage got the best of them and they decided to make a go of it. A few short months later, the Broadhead Brewing Company opened its doors and we were stunned to find … actual customers.
Today, Broadhead is a full-blown microbrewery in Ottawa. Who saw that coming? We’ve added a few new people to the mix and we’re getting better by the day. We embrace the underdog concept at Broadhead because it’s what we are: A couple of regular guys who threw everything they had, which wasn’t much, into starting the company of their dreams. It’s hard work. It’s a lot of late nights and early mornings. But watching a customer enjoy a Broadhead beer is worth every unpaid hour.
As for the beards, sometimes when you’re really focused on something important, everything else takes a back seat. In Broadhead’s case, it was shaving. The beard symbolizes all the hard work we put into the company, and how everything else (such as controlling facial hair growth) came second to the dream.