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December 2016

The End of Construction

It's been hard to get excited about the end of construction. Building the brewery portion of the business was awesome because the end result was beer. Now that we have the beer (we've produced over a hundred barrels already, in fact), the rest sort of pales in comparison. Sure, the most exciting part about everything [...]

November 2016

Brewer’s Blog: Lemondrop Helles

Until the time that I went to Germany for school, I didn't have much of an affection for Helles or Pilseners. I had a thought that German brewers were stuck in the past and that the Helles and Pils styles should have evolved to keep up with other modern styles. In a way, the German [...]

Brewer’s Blog: Strong Scotch Ale

As I get caught up on my blog posts, I'm going to try to refrain from saying "I'm super excited about this one!" in reference to every beer we've brewed... Except for this one, because I'm super excited about this one. I've always loved barrel aging beers and the barrels we got for this are [...]

Brewer’s Blog: Hazy Hoppy Beers

Normally I like to update my blog posts as I'm brewing new beers. Unfortunately, I'm still getting the flow of brewing on a new system and as a result, I haven't figured out how to schedule my down time on brew days to allow for blog updates. I'm going to try to get caught up [...]

The Michelada

Meet our blonde ale: It's so crystal clear you can read the newspaper through it when it's in brown glass: We affectionally call it "la guera," and it isn't an easy beer to make. There's no room to hide a problem, as every little part of the beer is exposed. Not to brag, but we nailed it. [...]

Brewery Hours From Now Until Our Grand Opening

The good news is that plans for our taproom are finally submitted to the city. The bad news is that even if the city is quick to approve everything, which they have been so far, we've got about a month of work to do. Exactly how much is unclear, so we don't have a grand [...]

October 2016

If You’re Opening a Brewery, Hire Dan Christopherson

I'm a lawyer, and I've hired lots of lawyers to work for me over the course of the past several years. I've hired lawyers to represent me on occasion too (not criminal, of course, except that one time, so quit thinking such negative thoughts). Anyway, I'm probably a better-than-average judge of a lawyer's abilities. Also, [...]

Meet Our Brewer Weedy

I was psyched when we locked in the perfect building for the brewery. Our contractor has killed it with the build thus far. I was particularly thrilled when our beautiful equipment arrived, and now that we're on the verge of brewing, I couldn't be happier with how the brewery is shaping up, irritating delays notwithstanding. None [...]

September 2016

Equipment!

The truck that was supposed to arrive at 10am and the one that was supposed to arrive at noon were both sitting at the brewery when Bob, the general contractor, went to the brewery around 7am. Considering that it was dusk by the time we ended up calling it a day, an earlier-than-expected morning was [...]

Preparation for Equipment Delivery Day

Things have been moving at a crazy pace. There's been all sorts of plumbing and electrical progress: We even built a giant door for our cooler: And then installed said door: Here it is with a water bottle to show scale: Did I mention it was enormous? We laid slab and placed our boiler, chiller, [...]