Frances, Richard, and Jay (c. 1937)

Frances, Richard, and Jay (c. 1937)

The Dwinell family name

Our brewery carries the namesake of co-founder Jocelyn Dwinell Leigh's great-grandmother, Frances Almira Dwinell.

Born in 1906, Frances spent her early years in Ericson, Nebraska. During the dust bowl, Frances and her husband Jay Forest Petersen set out for the adventure of a lifetime, heading west to California and then to Washington, where they eventually settled.

The path Frances took is much like ours. We traveled westward from Chicago, Illinois where we met, to take root and start a family business in Goldendale. In honor of her strength, determination, and hospitality, we named our brewery Dwinell Country Ales.


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Justin Leigh

Beer Shepherd

Justin specializes in squeegeeing the brewery floor, wrangling wild yeast, and coming up with beer names. He enjoys lacto-fermented foods and driving his forklift.


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Jocelyn Leigh

The Boss

Jocelyn “Dwinell,” a Soprano vocalist by day, brewster by night, oversees the day-to-day operations at our brewhouse and tasting room.


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Michael Newell

Mike of all Trades

Mike, when he first moved to Goldendale, lived in our friends’ basement. Now affectionately known as “Basement Mike,” he’s an expert beer pourer and tactical keg slinger.



The Dog

Caleb (fka Angus) is a Catahoula-Border Collie-Black Lab brewery dog. He can often be found lying on the tasting room entry mat or sitting on your foot. 


Are you interested in working with us?

Do you love beer? Do you love talking about and sharing beer with others? Then you might be the perfect person to join our family!