‘Hopped up on Homegrown’ is more than Stonehome Brewing Co.’s slogan; it’s the blueprint of the North Dakota community-immersed pub that opened its doors in 2016 and built out the craft brewery the following spring of 2017.
Norwegian for “a homestead or farm made of stone,” the brewery’s name “Stonehome” also translates to the Old Norse surname, Stenehjem -- one of the two local Midwestern families who brought the idea to life.
Both of Watford City, North Dakota, the Pelton family and their business partners, the
Steve and Gretchen Stenehjem proudly raised their children, Peter, Erik, Kristen and Kira in Watford City. And over the last decade, Angie and Aaron Pelton have been raising their children, Aidan and Avery, here in W.C. -- which also happens to be both Aaron and Steve’s humble, yet hearty hometown.
The Peltons assembled the right crew including Stonehome’s Brewmaster, Rick Diaz and Assistant Brewer, Mike Bendell.
Rick hails from Huntington Beach, California where he learned how to brew in his garage over 10 years ago. Rick has also perfected several traditional German recipes such as Helles Lagers and Hefeweizens with much acclaim that earned him a following at his previous Brewmaster position at WYOld West Brewing Company in Powell, Wyoming. This allowed him to exit his career in Telecommunications and Information Technology and earn a living following his passion in creating well-balanced and unique flavored beers. Rick is also a proud US Army veteran having served overseas and beyond. Rick, his wife Jenna and their children – Annabelle, Ava, Chloe, and Hiram – now call Watford City home.
Mike Bendell also hails from Huntington Beach, California and has several years of experience in brewing and cellar operations. Outside of the brewery, you can find Mike on his skateboard roaming town or at the skate park. If Watford City had a beach, we're pretty positive you'd find him surfing those waves. He and his fiance, Kelsey, and her daughter Lena, also call W.C. home.
We are continually working to nurture our community as a destination location and continue shaping ourselves as a leading craft beer producer in North Dakota -- while keeping everyone "hopped up on homegrown."
Stonehome Brewing Co. is a place you can hang your hat, be yourself, kick- back and indulge in small-batch craft beers, whether that’s physically in our Watford City brewpub, or a state-of-mind in the comfort of your own home, via growler or (soon-to-be-available) sixpack.
Bring the family, bring the buddies, bring the game, bring the kiddos, bring the co-workers. Stonehome Brewing Co. is