Rapp's Barren Brewing Company is owned and operated by Chris Gordon (left) and Russell Tucker.DEAN CURTIS FOR LIVING WELL R

ussell Tucker and Chris Gor- don are making local history. On Sept. 15, 2017, they opened the first brewery in Mountain Home: Rapp’s Bar-

ren Brewing Co. tory.

The name is a nod to the region’s his-

“Rapp’s Barren is the original settle- ment name of this area. It was settled in 1810 by a guy named Henry Rapp. At the time there were hardly any trees in the area and they thought it was going to be barren so they named it Rapp’s Barren. In the 1860s, the name switched to Mountain Home,” said Russell, a Moun- tain Home native with deep roots in the area.

Gordon is from California but seven

years ago relocated here with his family, following his in-laws. The two men are avid runners,

friends and homebrewers. Even though California has a thriving craft beer scene, Gordon said he was turned on to craft beer when he moved to Mountain Home and one of his wife’s friends taught him about home brewing. Gor- don and Russell also met through Gor- don’s wife as they both play for the sym- phony.

The men started brewing together and on a whim, decided to enter Baxter County Library’s Pub Night, which is a home brewing competition. “When we won the People’s Choice

Award, we thought ‘maybe we are on to something,’ ” Gordon said. Both men say opening a brewery was

a dream. “It’s always in the back of a home-

brewer’s mind: could you make it work, could it happen? We set out a 5-year plan from when we had the idea to when

LIVING WELL ❚ MAY/JUNE 2018 ❚ 17 Want to go?

Rapp’s Barren Brewing Co., 1343 E. 9th St., Mountain Home. The brewery is open 5-9 p.m. Friday; noon -9 p.m. Sat- urday. There are occasional Thursday night events, so check the Facebook page to keep up with events. Pints range in price from $5-$6. There are $9 flights, and you receive four, 4-ounce beers. They do not serve food, but utilize food trucks. Call (870) 424-7277.

Online: http://www.rapps-

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