Ken Grossman

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Ken Grossman
Born (1954-11-11) November 11, 1954 (age 68)
Southern California, US
Alma materButte College
OccupationFounder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
SpouseKatie Gonser

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

Early life[edit]

Grossman was born to a Jewish family[1][2] in Winnetka (a suburb of the City of Los Angeles), California on November 11, 1954.[3][4] He studied at Butte College.[5]


In 1978, Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California with Paul Camusi.[6] In 1998, he bought out Camusi.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Grossman and his wife Katie (née Gonser)[8] have three children and live in Chico, California. His son Brian and daughter Sierra will run the company when he retires.[7] His son Brian moved to North Carolina to manage the new Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River, North Carolina which began production in 2014.[9] His wife Katie is a teetotaler.[7]


  1. ^ Jewish Daily Forward: "Jews and Beer" by Leah Koenig August 3, 2010
  2. ^ Jewish Telegraph Agency: "Forbes’ billionaires list features new and old Jewish faces" By Gabe Friedman March 2, 2015
  3. ^ Rivera, Ernesto (October 29, 2014). "Q&A: Ken Grossman, owner, founder and president of Sierra Nevada". The Orion. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  4. ^ The Oxford Companion to Beer. Oxford University Press. September 9, 2011. pp. 409–. ISBN 978-0-19-991210-0. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Ken Grossman - Founder/Owner, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Butte College". CCC. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Ken Grossman". Forbes. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ California State Chico: "Grossman Family Contributes $5,000 to SAGE for Environmental Stewardship Prizes" by Joe Wills December 11, 2007,
  9. ^ Johnson, Julie (January 18, 2014). "Pull up a stool with Brian Grossman". All About Beer. Retrieved September 15, 2015.