A Family-Owned Wholesale Hops Processor—From Dirt to Door

For generations, our family has grown cranberries, helping to make Wisconsin the nation’s leading producer of the powerhouse fruit. Farming the land is in our blood—and, being good Wisconsinites, we really like beer. Hops seemed like a natural next step.

 

But we didn’t want to grow, process and sell just any wholesale hops. We wanted to make sure they were the best. So in addition to growing them locally on our very own hop yard, we take great care at every step in the process. That includes our unique oasting technique that doesn’t over or under heat our carefully cultivated hops.

 

We don’t just have hops for sale. We are a dirt-to-door, family-owned hops grower and processor that’s ferociously committed to delivering only the best so you can brew the best.

Tenacious Badger Employees

Drew & Lisa Swendrowski

Drew & Lisa Swendrowski

Owners

With more than 19 years of specialty crop experience and a bachelor’s degree in marketing, Drew Stands at the helm of Tenacious Badger overseeing every aspect of the operation. His wife, Lisa, is a Senior Account Executive for Beacon Technologies Inc. Together, they enjoy spending time with family and friends in Northern Wisconsin.

Mike Pyburn

Mike Pyburn

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Working alongside Drew, Mike helps introduce brewers to Tenacious Badger as a way for them to brew better beer. He enjoys traveling, camping, rock concerts, stock car racing and hanging out with his three daughters. Plus, Mike really, really likes beer. His favorite kind? His next one.

Chris Allar

Chris Allar

Vice President Operations

With a background in biology, Chris makes sure that all of the hops—which happen to be female and contain high levels of estrogen—stay happy and stress-free so you can use them to brew better beer.

Kevin Lewis

Kevin Lewis

Vice President Manufacturing

Kevin’s experience in manufacturing, mechanical, electrical, refrigeration and packaging make him the MacGyver of the group. He oversees the layout and construction of receiving and processing, as well as food safety.

Bill Anacker

Bill Anacker

Hop Yard Manager

Bill has been with Tenacious Badger from the beginning and lives on site at the hop yard where he brings more than 20 years of cranberry growing experience to the health and vitality of the hop crop. Watering, fertilizing, cultivation, weeding and spraying all fall under Bill’s responsibilities.

Marianne Moede

Marianne Moede

Office Manager

Having worked with the family for more than 10 years, Marianne keeps order in the Tenacious Badger sandbox. When she breaks away from her computer at the end of the day, she likes to enjoy a cold Pale Ale, as well as cooking, baking and scoping out estate sales.