For episode 14 of our podcast, Territory Tales, we interviewed Ken Johnson, owner of Fearless Brewing Company, located in Estacada. Ken is just FUN! And fearless (foreshadowing!) according to his Papi who gave him that nickname as a child. Born in Nebraska, he was raised in a farming community until moving to the Pacific Northwest in the 1980s with only a few hundred dollars in his pocket. He jokes that he couldn't keep a job for more than a year; his longest stint was as an engine technician before his wife helped nudge him into getting a hobby...like brewing beer he loved so dearly but hated the cost of.
After winning several competitions with his delicious concoctions, he made the leap to opening a brick and mortar location in the town of Estacada. Ken swears by the "magical water" of the Clackamas River (just across the highway from his tasting room), which he uses to brew his beers. We completely agree and think he offers the perfect combination of delightful beers and glowing personality to win over anyone who stops in for a taste.
With 10 taps, great eats and jam sessions every third Friday of the month, Fearless Brewing is a great place to visit after recreating on and around the aforementioned Wild and Scenic Clackamas River!
Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home.