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Ken Grossman

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Ken Grossman
Born (1954-11-11) November 11, 1954 (age 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Alma materButte College
California State University, Chico
Known forFounder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
SpouseKatie Gonser

Ken Grossman (born November 11, 1954) is an American businessman and founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Early life[edit]

Grossman was born to a Jewish family[2][3] in southern California on November 11, 1954.[4][5] He studied at Butte College[6] and California State University, Chico.[7]


In 1978, Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California with Paul Camusi.[8] In 1998, he bought out Camusi.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Grossman and his wife Katie (née Gonser)[10] have three children and live in Chico, California. His son Brian and daughter Sierra will run the company when he retires.[9] His son Brian moved to North Carolina to manage the new Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River, North Carolina which began production in 2014.[11] His wife Katie is a teetotaler.[9]


  1. ^ Grossman, Ken (2013). Beyond the pale : the story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Hoboken. ISBN 978-1-118-23557-7. OCLC 843785584.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  2. ^ Jewish Daily Forward: "Jews and Beer" by Leah Koenig August 3, 2010
  3. ^ Jewish Telegraph Agency: "Forbes’ billionaires list features new and old Jewish faces" By Gabe Friedman March 2, 2015
  4. ^ Rivera, Ernesto (October 29, 2014). "Q&A: Ken Grossman, owner, founder and president of Sierra Nevada". The Orion. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  5. ^ The Oxford Companion to Beer. Oxford University Press. September 9, 2011. pp. 409–. ISBN 978-0-19-991210-0. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Ken Grossman - Founder/Owner, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Butte College". CCC. Archived from the original on March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  7. ^ Lurie, Joshua (June 17, 2010). "Interview: brewmaster Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada Brewing)". Food GPS. Retrieved January 13, 2023.
  8. ^ "Ken Grossman". Forbes. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Coffey, Brendan (January 20, 2015). "Sierra Nevada Founder Grossman Becomes Billionaire on Pale Ales". Bloomberg News. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  10. ^ California State Chico: "Grossman Family Contributes $5,000 to SAGE for Environmental Stewardship Prizes" by Joe Wills December 11, 2007,
  11. ^ Johnson, Julie (January 18, 2014). "Pull up a stool with Brian Grossman". All About Beer. Retrieved September 15, 2015.