Our History

Resting place of the hummingbird.

Our History

Umunhum Brewing is the first cooperative brewery in California. Incorporated in February 2013 as the San Jose Cooperative Brewery and Pub, our co-op was created by and for fans of craft beer, ale, cider, and other tasty fermented beverages.

As a tribute to our local heritage, the co-op was renamed Umunhum Brewing in early 2015, after Mt. Umunhum, an iconic peak in the nearby Santa Cruz mountains. The word “umunhum” is from the Ohlone language and means “resting place of the hummingbird.”

Time Line

October 2012 - About eight people got together for our first meetup.

November 2012 - A few of us decided to chip in $150 each to get this effort off the ground.

February 2013 - We incorporated as the San Jose Cooperative Brewery and Pub, Inc.

November 2014 - We started the process of launching our new name: Umunhum Brewing.

July 2015 - We released our first beer: Hismen Sii Pale Ale.

March 2016 - We launched our new logo and brand for Umunhum Brewing.

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