A Short History

Vermin Brewing was founded in 1992 in Chino, California, USA. The small home brewery produced five different beers in its first year. Since then, it has produced many more, each with its own special label.

VB founders and research team members, F.E. Cooperman and R.J. Zimmerman are proud to have combined two wonderful creations, beer and rats, into one wonderful idea: Vermin Brewing.

In April 1993, the VB International Research Team relocated to Munich, Germany. Their purpose was no longer the brewing of beer but rather the sampling of it.

In October 1995, the team transferred to a Dutch headquarters in Weert, The Netherlands, where they continued to collect over 2,500 different beer labels and almost 70 different beer glasses.

In 2001, Vermin Brewing began the complex task of relocating its facility, this time to Boulder, Colorado, USA. The new location would provide them ample space, along with unsurpassed fresh mountain air for the mascots and clean clear water for brewing.

A special VB Beer Museum has always been dedicated to the storage and display of various beer and rat paraphenalia including labels, coasters, books, magazines, toys, and other items that have been collected over the years.

Over the years, many rat mascots have provided support and inspiration to the small team.

The WanderRat newsletter was created in November 1994 to inform VB supporters of its activities abroad. It contained beer and rat information as well as the team's travels and adventures.

Tail, a division of Vermin Brewing, is responsible for a variety of multimedia products. In 1994, it released VB's Home Brewer, a fun MacOS computer game.