Who We Are

Good friends, together, helping to make good beer. So that good beer can help good friends have good times, together.

We hope our Friendship forms, ferments, and fosters your friendships.  A focus on quality, not quantity.  Creativity in our craft.  A constant quest to learn and grow. To be good to ourselves, our friends, our families, our customers, and our community. Oh yeah, and to our country and planet.  And… to enjoy the ride, together, with an attitude of gratitude, every day.

Some things on our daily ‘to do’ list;
• Create fresh quality craft beer with a local focus.
• To coexist harmoniously with integrity, and humility.  Locally and globally.  To listen to you.
• Consistently strive to give back, to be a philanthropic community corporate citizen.
• To promote craft beer culture and the responsible enjoyment of quality beer.
• To maximize our efforts to minimize our impact on our environment.
• To honor our past and protect our future.
• And… to savor each beer, each friend, and each day with a foamy smile.
• We hope you will join us on this journey. From your friends at Friendship…

Cheers!  To be continued… as we learn and grow every day.

Meet the Team

Brian’s Bio

brianbio Brian was born with a homebrewing father, in a home just a few blocks from an operating brewery. He didn’t stand a chance… the sights, sounds, and smells of brewing were all around him from the beginning. A long summer spent in London as a teenager (in an apartment with a pub on the ground floor and extensive sampling all over the U.K. and Ireland) further cemented a taste for quality beer and ales. Later, in a college town typically overflowing with corporate light lagers, he and a friend began brewing their own beer in search of body and flavor. Almost twenty seven years later, the pursuit of delicious craft beer happily continues. After a meandering professional career, and given the exciting explosion of interest and activity in the craft beer industry, and very importantly… the encouragement of friends to ‘go big!’, making the leap from homebrewing to commercial brewing, and thereby serving a community and region that he loves, just made sense. Brian can be contacted at: brian@friendshipbrewingcompany.com

Shawn’s Bio

Shawn Herrin has been in the brewing industry for a long time. Shawn started his career at Trailhead Brewing Company in the Spring of 2007. After 2 years he left and started brewing at Square One in St. Louis. While at Square One, the owner also had Augusta Brewing Company and Shawn split his time between the two breweries. By Spring of 2010, Augusta was bought by the Heisler’s, Terry and Jeri. Shawn started brewing full time at Augusta, leaving Square One that year.  Shawn also attended the Seibel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy.  In 2017 Shawn started brewing at Friendship part time and became a full time brewer in March of 2018. Shawn brings a world of knowledge about the brewing process and the science behind the craft. Please say hi to Shawn the next time you come in and enjoy a pint.

Bob’s Bio

Originally from Danville Il.  Graduated from SIU Carbondale in Turf Management that included a lot of chemistry.  Moved to St. Louis in 1986 and took a Superintendents job at Forest Hills CC.  Started my company Bluewing Supply LLC in 2004, supplying golf courses with seed, fertilizer and chemicals.
Started brewing in 2007 with Kent Critchell after his pestering, for two years, to come make a beer with him and have been brewing ever since. bob@friendshipbrewco.com

Bobby’s Bio

Bobby “Dr.” Love was born in Poplar Bluff, and grew up in Fenton and Ballwin. Bob has two sons, Brandon and Brett. Both, not surprisingly, enjoy craft beer. Brett is an avid craft beer enthusiast and will likely help behind the bar at Friendship Brewing. Bob has homebrewed since 1995, when he received a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas. He enjoyed making beer with the kit, but wasn’t satisfied. But… it gave him the proverbial ‘itch’. Then came extract beer kits looking for improved beer quality, better flavor. Bob won several medals with extract kits but something was lacking… so he naturally progressed to brewing with all-grain recipes in 2007, and brewed up a very good Scotch Ale. His self-fabricated mobile 12-volt brewing system has been busy ever since, at home and on the go. Bobby has become a legendary local homebrewer and has been active in the local homebrewing club for nearly twenty years, creating many admittedly crazy but delicious recipes. The beer he is most proud of is Razmanian Devil, a rasberry/jalapeno ale, which garnered a 3rd Place award out of 96 entries in a national American Homebrewer’s Association contest, his recipe was then featured in Zymergy Magazine. Bobby is always looking forward to brewing his next ‘crazy’ masterpiece and hopes it will be your newest favorite! Dr. Love has the cure for what ales ya! Bobby can be contacted at: bobby@friendshipbrewingcompany.com

Kent’s Bio


Kent was born in Cincinnati Ohio and has lived in St. Louis since 1972. He’s been in the turfgrass industry for 31 years. Kent received his first home brew kit for his birthday in 1996. He is currently working on becoming a Cicerone and a BJCP judge. Some of his favorite things to do besides spending time with my girlfriend Cindy and brewing are, grilling, smoking and barbecuing. Cooking in general. Anything racing (cars, boats, etc.…). Going to Cardinals and Blues games. Occasional concert. He loves to travel whenever possible (of course there’s always great food and beer to try along the way). He also likes listening to great music and laughing with friends. If you’re around him long enough, you’ll be laughing too (that’s what she said)!! Either with him or as usual, at him!!
kent@friendshipbrewco.com

Griff’s Bio


Griff was born in Texas and grew up in the Houston/Galveston area. Living in Crystal Beach, TX in the summers and in Houston and Galveston in the Spring, Fall and Winters. Mike grew up in the club and restaurant business. His father owned more than 40 different restaurants, bars, night clubs and icehouses. Griff worked with his father to open many bars.

Griff’s first experience with non-mainstream, domestic beer came when a small establishment in Houston opened in 1985 called “The Ginger Man Pub.” The huge selection of taps and bottles was unlike anything at the time. Griff started enjoying mostly imports and began writing about them in a logbook. Some of the “craft beers” at the time included Anchor Steam, Sam Adams and Shiner.

Griff moved to Missouri in 1997. Sometime in 2012, Griff had a 4 Hands Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown. This sparked a whole new interest in beer. With that, came a desire to learn to brew. Griff started brewing in the same year and soon was taking some solid advice from Bobby Love, Bob Brandt and Kent Critchell. Griff is excited to continue to learn from some of the greatest talent in the brewing industry and brew some of his own recipes at Friendship Brewing Company. griff@friendshipbrewco.com

Mike’s Bio

As many people know, Friendship Brewing Company’s very being is made of both old friends and new friends. Mike is FBC’s newest partner to join the brewery’s founders on their brewing journey. Following a successful corporate career serving in Chief Financial Officer and VP of Marketing positions for Fortune 500 and International companies, he started his own company in 1985. After his self admission to having been a “bad employee,” Mike went onto become a serial entrepreneur and continues to own and oversee companies focused on healthcare, real estate, digital imaging and aviation. His expertise and experience with startups, growth strategies and financing will add to FBC’s core strengths. And with many thanks to the efforts of FBC’s Brewskateers, Mike is slowly but surely moving from “wine collector” to “craft beer guy!” Mike can be contacted at: mike@friendshipbrewingcompany.com