Square Wheel Brewing Company is a newly formed family business under the umbrella of Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, a prestigious winery located and operated in Spokane, Washington for over 30 years. In 2014, the Mielke family decided to introduce a new beer program at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars that would satisfy a very unique niche. Not only was Arbor Crest the first winery in the state to produce beer, it soon became apparent that beer was a perfect complement to their existing wine program. Square Wheel Brewing Company is named after the famous Square Wheel tractor, an invention of Royal Riblet, the previous landowner 0f the Arbor Crest Wine Cellars estate. Royal Riblet, was an eccentric inventor with one of his inventions being the famous Square Wheel tractor.
John Mielke is the third generation of the Mielke family, which has been in the wholesale, retail fruit and vegetable growing business for over 75 years in the greater Spokane area. His paternal grandfather started out as a grower in the 1940’s. In 1982, John’s parents, Harry and Marcia Mielke decided to start a winery with Harry’s brother, called Arbor Crest Wine Cellars.
John attended the University of California at Davis and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics and Computer Science. He is one of the family owners of Arbor Crest Winery and now Square Wheel Brewery. One of John’s goals for the brewery is to ultimately expand the program to local markets and to bottle his tasty brews!