Bear Creek Winery and Lodging
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Making wine started as a hobby for Bill Fry in the mid 1990's. After sampling a friends homemade Rhubarb Wine, Bill was not only impressed, but hooked. Wine making at the Fry's house began as a few small glass carboys on the kitchen counter. Bill's wine-making hobby quickly outgrew the kitchen and was moved to the garage. He experimented with anything he could get his hands on: raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, rhubarb and more. He received such good reviews from friends and family he wanted to share his creations with everyone and so the idea of Bear Creek Winery was born. . Wine was batched in 5 gal carboys, labels were printed from the home computer, and fruit was purchased from neighbors.
With popularity came growth and Bill and Dorothy found themselves in need of more space and more help. Space came in the form of a new timber frame production facility that was finished in the summer of 2011 and help came in the form of their son-in-law, Louis Maurer, who moved to Homer with their daughter, Jasmine, in 2010. Louis worked alongside Bill and Dorothy, learning and collaborating, and in 2015 released his own brand of wines called Glacier Bear. As Bill and Dorothy transition into retirement years, Louis and Jasmine assumed ownership of the winery in 2019 and strive to continue their legacy of world class wines, unequaled customer service, and a community focused business.