The Breweries Behind Trader’s Joe’s Private Label Beer

With its incredibly unique food selection and a quirky approach to sales, Trader Joe’s is one of our favorite places to shop. And here in Brookline, we’re lucky to have one of three TJ’s in Massachusetts that sells beer & wine.

Now if you’ve ever been to Trader Joe’s you know that almost of their products are labeled under various TJ’s monikers like Trader Giotto’s (Italian foods), Trader Ming’s (Chinese foods) & Trader Jose’s (Mexican foods). But not widely known is that TJ’s usually contracts out the manufacturing of these packaged goods, including beer & wine.

So being the nosy people that we are, we wanted to know who actually brewed Trader Joe’s beer and after a mini-investigation came up with a complete list:

Gordon Biersch (San Francisco, CA) makes:

Joesphs Brau Label

Hopfest German Style Pilsner
Summer Brew

Trader Joe’s Label

Bavarian Style Hefewietzen
Bohemian Lager
Hofbrau Bock
Vienna Style Lager
Winterfest Dark Doublebock Lager

Trader José Label

Premium Lager
Light Lager
Dark Lager

Goose Island (Chicago, IL) makes:

Black Toad Dark Ale
Stockyard Oatmeal Stout

Firestone-Walker (Paso Robles, CA) makes:

Mission St. Pale Ale
Mission St.  IPA
Mission St. Hefeweizen
Mission St. Brown Ale
Mission St. Blonde Ale
Fat Weasel Ale
Jumping Cow Amber Ale
Frugal Joe’s Ordinary Beer
Gila Monster Amber Lager

Minhas Craft Brewery (Monroe, WI) makes:

Simpler Times Lager
Simpler Times Pilsner
Red Oval

Shipyard Brewing Company (Portland, ME) makes:

Kennebunkport Apricot Wheat
Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat
Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale

Unibroue (Chambly, QC) makes:

Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale

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October 14th, 2010
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5 Responses to “The Breweries Behind Trader’s Joe’s Private Label Beer”

  1. […] where these bottles are coming from. I pulled the “brewed by” information below from French Oak, the members of RateBeer and Beer Advocate, and this recent Chicago Tribune article. If […]

  2. A.J. says:

    Additionally, Unibroue is responsible for their Vintage Ale.

  3. mike says:

    Great conversation about this article going on over at in their Beer section

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  5. That is really neat.. thanks for posting. This is great background should I ever review the brews at my local Trader Joes in Portland. Cheers!