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R&B Brewing Co. has always been, and will always be, just about as independent of a microbrewery as you’ll come across. Founded in 1997 by longtime friends and co-workers Rick Dellow and Barry Benson (the ‘R’ & ‘B’, respectively), R&B Brewing Co. was set up to stand in opposition to what the beer world had become – big, non-descript, faceless, and corporate. Combining over 60 years of brewing experience with some of the big guys, Rick and Barry sought to create deliciously hand crafted ales and lagers that would bear no resemblance to the world of big beer. Full-bodied and distinctly rich beer, using only the choicest malts, hops and yeast, would be the focus of the product, while the co-owners personalities would blend to create the marketing milieu – edgy, young, independent…definitely East Van. [+]